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Nigel Reuel research group featured in look at ISU I-Corps program

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) assistant professor and Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow Nigel Reuel and two of his now-graduated students have been spotlighted by Iowa State’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). Reuel, recent department Ph.D. graduate Sadaf Charkhabi, recent B.S. graduate Andee Beierle (who was an …Continue reading “Nigel Reuel research group featured in look at ISU I-Corps program”

Bailey Research Career Development award for Shao’s mitochondrial DNA study

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) associate professor and Vernon Guse Faculty Fellow Zengyi Shao has been named the recipient of the 2021 Iowa State University Bailey Research Career Development award. The award, administered by the university’s Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR), is given each year to faculty whose work is high-risk, …Continue reading “Bailey Research Career Development award for Shao’s mitochondrial DNA study”

CBE lab specialist Arndorfer honored for helping faculty educate students during pandemic

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering teaching laboratory specialist Ryan Arndorfer’s efforts to help deliver education to students under challenging conditions have been recognized. He has been named a recipient of the Excellence in Instructional Support Award as part of the university’s Exceptional Effort Awards. The program was established to note extraordinary and innovative ways …Continue reading “CBE lab specialist Arndorfer honored for helping faculty educate students during pandemic”

National-level accomplishments round out big 2020 for Iowa State AIChE

A whirlwind of virtual activity near the end of the fall semester has once again netted some significant experience and major honors for the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) student chapter. The AIChE Annual Student Conference was held virtually November 13-16, with the Iowa State chapter in action …Continue reading “National-level accomplishments round out big 2020 for Iowa State AIChE”

Connor Smith named CBE’s Burkhart Award recipient

Connor Smith has been chosen as the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) Lawrence E. Burkhart Memorial Award recipient for the fall 2020 commencement. The honor is bestowed upon one graduating senior each semester, named Outstanding Senior Student in Chemical Engineering, with emphasis on scholastic performance. The recipient is selected by department faculty. Burkhart, …Continue reading “Connor Smith named CBE’s Burkhart Award recipient”

Cyclone Engineer Balaji Narasimhan, ISU Nanovaccine Institute awarded $2 million CARES Act grant to study COVID-19 nanovaccine

The state of Iowa has designated $2 million in federal CARES Act funding to support university research and development of a nanovaccine to protect against COVID-19 infections. Researchers at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, led by Balaji Narasimhan, director of the Nanovaccine Institute, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and the Vlasta Klima Balloun Faculty Chair in Chemical and Biological Engineering, will work together on a nanovaccine they expect will be needle-free, single-dose and won’t require refrigeration.

Win-win! CBE hosts first-ever virtual AIChE regional conference, takes first in Chem-E-Car competition

ISU Chem-E-Car team qualifies for national competition for fifth straight year It was a double victory for Iowa State’s American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) student chapter in the AIChE MidAmerican Regional Student Conference. The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) AIChE student members rose to the opportunity to host the first-ever regional event …Continue reading “Win-win! CBE hosts first-ever virtual AIChE regional conference, takes first in Chem-E-Car competition”

“Transformative” funding for Reuel medical protein therapeutics research

A prestigious funding mechanism from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will allow the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s (CBE) Nigel Reuel to combine his group’s expertise in sensors and protein prototyping to create an automated tool for the discovery and design of new protein therapeutics for a wide range of diseases. This unique …Continue reading ““Transformative” funding for Reuel medical protein therapeutics research”

Nigel Reuel’s startup awarded honorable mention in John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

Skroot Laboratory Inc., a startup launched by assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering professor Nigel Reuel and incubating at the Carver Co-Lab on the north end of campus, went head to head with other top emerging Iowa businesses in the finals of the 2020 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition.

Convocation celebrates Cyclone Engineering faculty and staff

James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering W. Samuel Easterling celebrated Cyclone Engineering 2020 faculty and staff award honorees, named faculty positions and patent recipients at the College of Engineering’s fall convocation. This year’s interactive event was offered live online. Watch a replay here.

CBE’s Graduate Seminar Series set for fall launch with strong lecturer lineup

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) Graduate Seminar Series will again bring some of the nation’s top chemical engineering educators and researchers face to face with the department’s graduate students this academic year – virtually. The fall semester schedule for the weekly events is part of the required curriculum for the department’s graduate …Continue reading “CBE’s Graduate Seminar Series set for fall launch with strong lecturer lineup”

Five CBE faculty members receive promotions

Five Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) faculty members have received promotions effective with the commencement of fall semester. Laura Jarboe has been promoted to the rank of professor. She joined the CBE faculty as an assistant professor in 2008. She is a member of the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) and her research …Continue reading “Five CBE faculty members receive promotions”

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