CBE professor Yue Wu named to Midwest Energy News “40 Under 40”

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) Herbert L. Stiles Associate Professor Yue Wu has been named to the Midwest Energy News 2017 “40 Under 40” award program. The program highlights emerging leaders throughout the Midwest and their work in America’s transition to a clean energy economy. Recipients and past 40 Under 40 honorees will … Continue reading CBE professor Yue Wu named to Midwest Energy News “40 Under 40”

ISU chemical engineers discover key to unlocking performance of hydrogenation catalysts

Carbon-supported metal nanoparticles have been used for decades as catalysts for the industrial production of chemicals. Yet, little is known about the role the carbon support plays on the performance of these materials. The choice of a support (activated carbon, carbon black, etc.) for a given process remains mostly based on trial and error. However, … Continue reading ISU chemical engineers discover key to unlocking performance of hydrogenation catalysts

Record number of chemical engineering graduate students choose Iowa State

A record number of graduate students are being welcomed by Iowa State’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering this fall, with 85 individuals from more than a dozen countries pursuing advanced degrees in chemical engineering. Twenty of the students are new to Iowa State this semester. Both new and returning graduate students gathered recently for … Continue reading Record number of chemical engineering graduate students choose Iowa State

Online chemical engineering Ph.D. prep course aims for non-traditional students

A new online prep program from the Iowa State University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) has been designed with non-traditional Ph.D. candidates in mind. The department has unveiled plans for an online graduate core preparatory course for qualified individuals seeking the advanced degree. It will debut in the summer of 2018 and is … Continue reading Online chemical engineering Ph.D. prep course aims for non-traditional students

CBE’s Graduate Seminar Series again showcases top researchers

Researchers and educators from noted institutions around the nation will once again visit Iowa State University to share their work as guests of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Graduate Seminar Series. The series schedule has been released and is posted on the department’s web site. It will begin with the traditional introductory seminar … Continue reading CBE’s Graduate Seminar Series again showcases top researchers

Eclipse curriculum! Ch E 325 shines a different light on data collection with solar event

It was a case of thinking outside the box – with the “box” being the conventional classroom. CBE professor Stephanie Loveland decided to turn the August 21 solar eclipse into a living laboratory of data collection for her Ch E 325 (CH E Laboratory I) class. And so, with notepads, clipboards, digital thermometers and eclipse-viewing … Continue reading Eclipse curriculum! Ch E 325 shines a different light on data collection with solar event

ChemE grad Suástegui earns “best of” award with presentation at national conference

Dr. Miguel Suástegui, who received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Iowa State in May of 2017, has been honored for a research presentation at a recent national conference. His talk at the April 2017 American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco was awarded “Best of BIOT” by the Division of Biochemical Technology (BIOT). … Continue reading ChemE grad Suástegui earns “best of” award with presentation at national conference

CBE graduate, ChemE grad student benefit from Pappajohn Center Cystarters program

An Iowa State chemical engineering graduate student and a May 2017 chemical and biological engineering (CBE) B.S. grad are both setting their sights on entrepreneurial goals – with the help of the university’s Pappajohn Center for Entreprenuership CYstarters program. Grad student Dillon Hurd — who is pursuing his Ph.D. by developing a wireless heart assist … Continue reading CBE graduate, ChemE grad student benefit from Pappajohn Center Cystarters program

CBE’s BioMaP REU undergrads conclude summer of research at Iowa State

“Loved the program. Well-organized and everyone was extremely helpful.” “A great way to see what graduate school is really like.” “Really appreciated the way the graduate students and faculty were so involved.” With positive reviews and an expanded portfolio of research experience under their belts, the nine undergraduates in the Department of Chemical and Biological … Continue reading CBE’s BioMaP REU undergrads conclude summer of research at Iowa State

Chemical engineering grad student Fatima Enam honored by research blog

Iowa State chemical engineering graduate student Fatima Enam has become one of the first recipients of a new award that recognizes research in the use of fluorescent proteins. The Michael Davidson and Roger Tsien Commemorative Travel Award has been developed by the Addgene plasmid research repository blog to help individuals share their efforts in fluorescent … Continue reading Chemical engineering grad student Fatima Enam honored by research blog

CBE alum, Advisory Council member Mark Lashier to Chevron Phillips president/CEO

Mark Lashier, an Iowa State University chemical engineering alumnus and a member of the department’s Advisory Council, has been announced as the next president and chief executive officer of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC. Currently executive vice president, commercial at Chevron Phillips, he will succeed current president and CEO Peter Cella upon Cella’s retirement August … Continue reading CBE alum, Advisory Council member Mark Lashier to Chevron Phillips president/CEO

CBE’s Rodney Fox to be honored at conclusion of Francqui Chair term

Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering professor Rodney Fox has spent the last six months with an appointment to the International Francqui Chair at Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. With his appointment reaching conclusion, he will be featured in a closing symposium at the university June 22. The day-long … Continue reading CBE’s Rodney Fox to be honored at conclusion of Francqui Chair term

Hola, Oviedo! CBE undergrads settle in for their Spanish study abroad experience

The “Iberian adventure” for 11 CBE undergraduates is now underway at the Universidad de Oviedo in northern Spain. They have kicked off this summer’s round of the annual study abroad program there involving students from Iowa State and the University of Wisconsin. The long-running program allows undergrads to work under the guidance of Universidad de … Continue reading Hola, Oviedo! CBE undergrads settle in for their Spanish study abroad experience

Tumblin’ down: Former ChemE buildings reduced to rubble; photo album posted

The demolition of Old Sweeney Hall, the original home of Iowa State’s chemical engineering department, was carried out May 17 & 18. An addition that was later installed and enjoins the current Sweeney Hall remains standing, and will be demolished at a date to be determined. The Nuclear Engineering Building, originally constructed as an additional … Continue reading Tumblin’ down: Former ChemE buildings reduced to rubble; photo album posted

Jim Hill retires from CBE after 46 years of research, education and outreach

Chemical and Biological Engineering University Professor James (Jim) Hill has announced his retirement, and was honored with a reception hosted by the department. Hill has been part of the CBE faculty since 1971 and served as department chair from 2005-2009. His work as a researcher, educator and advocate for students through the renowned ISU solar … Continue reading Jim Hill retires from CBE after 46 years of research, education and outreach