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Women in Cyclone Engineering: Zengyi Shao

International Women in Engineering Day is an annual celebration of the outstanding contributions of women engineers. The theme of this year’s Women in Engineering Day is “Engineering Heroes,” so we reached out to hear the stories of just a few of our Cyclone Engineering heroes, who are innovating in their research and inspiring and educating …Continue reading “Women in Cyclone Engineering: Zengyi Shao”

CBE grad students honored for research and teaching excellence

Two chemical and biological engineering graduate students have been honored for research and teaching excellence. Anuraag Boddupalli received the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Research Excellence Award and Teaching Excellence Award, recognizing both his outstanding success in research work and in engaging CBE students. Fatima Enam is the department’s nominee for the Iowa State University Brown Graduate Fellowship, a fellowship offered by Iowa State’s Office of the Vice President for Research.

CBE Ph.D. student wins TCS2018 poster competition for thermal and catalytic research

Sean Rollag, a Ph.D. student in chemical engineering, won first place in the graduate research poster competition at the TCS 2018 conference on thermal and catalytic sciences. Rollag’s poster shows the physical changes in the structure of biomass during thermal deconstruction.

Iowa State researchers use graphene, electricity to change stem cells for nerve regrowth

Two Iowa State research groups are combining their expertise to change stem cells for nerve regrowth. The groups — led by Jonathan Claussen of mechanical engineering and Surya Mallapragada of chemical and biological engineering — just published their findings in the scientific journal Advanced Healthcare Materials. To read the full post by Mike Krapfl, click …Continue reading “Iowa State researchers use graphene, electricity to change stem cells for nerve regrowth”

Gayle Roberts Elected Vice Chair of National Engineering Association

Iowa State alumna Gayle Roberts is now the Vice Chair of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). Roberts recently entered the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Hall of Fame here at Iowa State and is scheduled to be officially honored this spring.

Chemical engineering alum awarded Teacher of the Year in Tokyo

Jeff Cross, who received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Iowa State in 1992, was awarded Teacher of the Year at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and also within the School of Engineering. He has worked in Japan for 20 years, and worked as a staff researcher and group leader at Fujitsu Labs from 1996 …Continue reading “Chemical engineering alum awarded Teacher of the Year in Tokyo”

Recent grad featured in Diversity/Careers magazine

In the Summer/Fall 2011 Minority College issue of Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology, Pedro Ortiz-Toral discusses his graduate school experience at Iowa State. Ortiz-Toral completed his PhD in CBE this February. The full story is available beginning on page 22 of the digital edition of the magazine.

Pohl joins College of Engineering

Chemistry Professor Nikki Pohl joined the chemical and biological engineering department this semester, holding a joint position within the Colleges of Engineering and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Pohl is the Wilkinson Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering. “One benefit of this joint position is enhanced curricular ties, especially given how many engineering students of all majors take …Continue reading “Pohl joins College of Engineering”

Rollins to receive Eminent Engineers award

Professor Derrick Rollins has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 Minority Action Committee (MAC) Eminent Engineers Award presented by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Rollins, a professor of chemical and biological engineering (CBE), serves as professor-in-charge of community-based recruitment and transition programs for the College of Engineering. To be nominated for the …Continue reading “Rollins to receive Eminent Engineers award”

Glatz joins project to find greener ways to clean up oil spills

Charles Glatz, professor of chemical and biological engineering, is part of a group of researchers collaborating to find greener methods to clean up the Gulf oil spill. The group has been awarded a National Science Foundation Rapid Response grant. For more on Iowa State engineers and the Gulf spill, see this story.