Tag: CBiRC

Iowa State engineers develop hybrid technology to create biorenewable nylon

Engineers at Iowa State University have found a way to combine a genetically engineered strain of yeast and an electrocatalyst to efficiently convert sugar into a new type of nylon. Previous attempts to combine biocatalysis and chemical catalysis to produce biorenewable chemicals have resulted in low conversion rates.

Tonia McCarley receives award at University Awards Ceremony

NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) faculty member awarded Regents Award for Faculty Excellence Tonia McCarley was nominated by her peers for the Regents Award for Staff Excellence, which she was awarded on September 22, 2014 at Iowa State’s University Awards Ceremony. McCarley was honored to be nominated for the award, ““It’s such … Continue reading Tonia McCarley receives award at University Awards Ceremony

Agricultural and biosystems engineering professor Raj Raman puts people and education first

Education has always been a passion for Raj Raman. He finished graduate school with the realization that undergraduate education was somewhat undervalued, and he knew then that he wanted to make a difference in that area. In the eight and a half years Raman has worked at Iowa State, he’s worn many hats. He is … Continue reading Agricultural and biosystems engineering professor Raj Raman puts people and education first

Summer program teaches engineering principles to Iowa STEM teachers

Iowa State’s College of Engineering and the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) have joined forces for a Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program that will be part of the 2014 STEM Summer Institute at ISU. Starting on June 9, 16 Iowa State faculty members are mentoring 16 high school STEM teachers in their … Continue reading Summer program teaches engineering principles to Iowa STEM teachers

Engineering perspective underlies success at CBiRC

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals continues gaining momentum in its effort to transform the chemical industry. The center, referred to as CBiRC, was recently awarded an additional three years of funding from NSF. The added $12 million brings the total award to $30.5 million over eight years, and will … Continue reading Engineering perspective underlies success at CBiRC

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NSF adds three years, $12 million to ISU-based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

Engineers and scientists are working together in new ways to invent catalysts that lead to industrial chemicals from biorenewable resources. Industrial partnerships are expanding. Startup companies are launching. Education partnerships are reaching teachers and students. And an international reputation is growing. They’re all steps the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at … Continue reading NSF adds three years, $12 million to ISU-based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

Iowa State, Salk researchers make plant protein discovery that could boost bioeconomy

The National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) is supporting researchers who have found three proteins involved in the accumulation of fatty acids in plants. The discovery, published by nature.com, could help plant scientists boost seed oil production in crops. And that could boost the production of biorenewable fuels and chemicals. Read … Continue reading Iowa State, Salk researchers make plant protein discovery that could boost bioeconomy

Summer 2011 REU programs

A chance to participate in a prestigious program that provides first-hand access to cutting-edge research doesn’t frequently present itself to undergraduates, but a talented group of students were given such an opportunity when they were selected to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program this past summer. The National Science Foundation (NSF) started … Continue reading Summer 2011 REU programs

Engineering forms interdisciplinary research teams aiming for major grants

Three new interdisciplinary research initiatives have been announced by the Iowa State University College of Engineering as part of an innovative program designed to compete for and win multi-million dollar grants, spur economic development, and drive technologies that benefit Iowa and the nation. The Dean’s Research Initiatives build public-private teams in the areas of the … Continue reading Engineering forms interdisciplinary research teams aiming for major grants

CBiRC works to build new expectations in STEM education

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) based at Iowa State University is committed to involving the center in meaningful collaborations with pre-college entities, engaging K-12 students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the role these fields have in solving global challenges.

More than numbers

When asked about the difference between scientists and engineers, Albert Einstein is said to have remarked, “Scientists investigate that which already is. Engineers create that which has never existed.” I like to make that point to young people when I speak of the engineering profession and its rewards. Engineers put science to work and literally … Continue reading More than numbers

Gift creates Steffenson Professorship, engineering scholarships

Iowa State University’s College of Engineering has received a gift commitment of $700,000 from Mike and Jean Steffenson of Davenport, Iowa. The Iowa State graduates have established funds for a variety of uses within the College of Engineering including the Steffenson Professorship in Chemical Engineering. The couple will provide $125,000 over the next five years … Continue reading Gift creates Steffenson Professorship, engineering scholarships