College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Cyclone pride! CBE’s AIChE chapter hosts conference; Chem-E-Car winning streak rolls on

Iowa State’s student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) hosted the group’s Mid-America Regional Conference April 8 and 9 – rolling out the red carpet for students from 12 other schools and taking some top honors of its own.

Major CBE supporter, department grad Harold Wiggers passes away

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering alumnus and major department supporter Harold Wiggers passed away March 26 at the age of 93. His wife, Doreen Badger, 88, passed away March 31.

CBE’s Reuel is witness in congressional review of small business initiatives

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) associate professor and Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow Nigel Reuel served as a witness in recent U.S. congressional testimony.

Chemical and Biological Engineering alum, major department supporter “Barney” Baxter passes away

One of the most ardent supporters of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), Reginald R. “Barney” Baxter, has passed away.

CBE’s Bardhan, Nanovaccine Institute cohort Phillips, receive Barry award for cancer research

The research team of Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering associate professor Rizia Bardhan and professor of veterinary microbiology Gregory Phillips has received funding from the 2022 Margaret B. Barry Cancer Research Program.

CBE’s Mallapragada, Narasimhan elected AIChE fellows

CBE’s Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, Carol Vohs Johnson Chair and Iowa State Associate Vice President for Research Surya Mallapragada; and Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Vlasta Klima Balloun Faculty Chair Balaji Narasimhan have both achieved the position of fellow in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Four prevail in CBE’s Perfect Pitch grad student competition

Once again graduate student research presentations and the clock were in the spotlight in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, in the Perfect Pitch competition for fall semester 2021.

Alumna Lori Ryerkerk of Celanese Corporation enters CBE Hall of Fame

Lori Ryerkerk, an alumna of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), has been inducted into the CBE Hall of Fame. She accepted the honor November 18 as part of the department’s Honors and Awards ceremony that celebrated student scholarships, fellowships and other achievements.

Hagenson professorship ceremony honors CBE’s Eric Cochran

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering professor Eric Cochran has been officially recognized as Mary Jane Skogen Hagenson & Randy L. Hagenson Professor in a medallion ceremony on the Iowa State University campus.

Skroot Laboratory, led by CBE’s Reuel, takes top venture honor in Pappajohn competition

Skroot Laboratory, Inc., a startup business founded and led by Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering associate professor and Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow Nigel Reuel, took first place in the 2021 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition.

New funding for Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites; ISU CBE is a collaborator

The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), co-located at Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), has been awarded Phase II of a National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program grant.

Black and Veatch Faculty Fellowship for Roling’s computational tools-based research

Luke Roling, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, was recently named a Black and Veatch Building a World of Difference Faculty Fellow in Engineering.

In memory of CBE alum, hall of fame member John G. McDonald

John G. McDonald, a 1957 B.S. graduate of Iowa State’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) and member of the department’s inaugural Hall of Fame class, passed away July 14 at the age of 86. Originally from Ohio, McDonald came to Iowa State University through a Navy ROTC scholarship. After receiving his chemical engineering …Continue reading “In memory of CBE alum, hall of fame member John G. McDonald”

Summer of valuable undergrad research wraps up in CBE BioMaP

A summer of expanded horizons – personally and scientifically – has concluded for ten undergraduate researchers in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE). The Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates (BioMaP REU) program returned to Iowa State this summer after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The experience provides mentored …Continue reading “Summer of valuable undergrad research wraps up in CBE BioMaP”

CBE BioMaP undergrad research program returns with in-person format

BioMaP is back in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Undergraduate students from around the nation are settling into their summer home, and research hub, at Iowa State University with the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s (CBE) BioMaP REU program. It was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With funding …Continue reading “CBE BioMaP undergrad research program returns with in-person format”

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