College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

“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”

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”

Engineering alum strives to make college more accessible for disenfranchised students

As a collegian, Tina Akinyi remembers often being the only student of color in her classes and the sense of isolation she felt because of it. Now in her professional capacity, she hopes to remove that sense of isolation for future students by bringing more people of color and other disenfranchised students into higher education. …Continue reading “Engineering alum strives to make college more accessible for disenfranchised students”

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”

CBE’s Hillier, Fox elected American Institute of Chemical Engineers fellows

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) Reginald R. Baxter Endowed Department Chair Andrew Hillier and Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Hershel B. Whitney Professor, Global Initiatives Rodney Fox have been elected fellows in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The grade of fellow is awarded to members in recognition of significant …Continue reading “CBE’s Hillier, Fox elected American Institute of Chemical Engineers fellows”

Griswold gift adds new equipment, new opportunities for CBE freshmen

It’s all about the opportunity for “hands on” experiences for chemical engineering students, especially freshmen. And new lab equipment that has been added to Iowa State’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) in Sweeney Hall is going to provide a perfect scenario for that. It was made possible by a gift from department alumnus …Continue reading “Griswold gift adds new equipment, new opportunities for CBE freshmen”

CBE’s Reuel gets 3M faculty grant for resonant sensors in wound monitoring

The innovative research of wound healing through the use of resonant sensors will take a step forward in Iowa State’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) thanks to a 3M young faculty award received by Nigel Reuel. Reuel, assistant professor, Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow and Black and Veatch Building a …Continue reading “CBE’s Reuel gets 3M faculty grant for resonant sensors in wound monitoring”

Funding renewed for CBE BioMAP undergrad research; 2020 application deadline approaching

An annual tradition in Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering undergraduate education has been given the green light to continue its mission. The National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates (BioMaP REU) has received a renewal of funding from NSF through 2022. The funding will cover this year’s program, and …Continue reading “Funding renewed for CBE BioMAP undergrad research; 2020 application deadline approaching”

Smart imaging for cancer immunotherapies: new CBE professor Bardhan published in two journals

Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) welcomes its newest faculty member, Rizia Bardhan. Bardhan has a passion for using nanotechnology to fight diseases using new nanomaterials and imaging-guided techniques. Coinciding with her hire at Iowa State is news that research from her group has been recently published in two scientific journals. …Continue reading “Smart imaging for cancer immunotherapies: new CBE professor Bardhan published in two journals”

Grant will assist CBE’s Roling with computer-enhanced petroleum research

Luke Roling’s chemical engineering research laboratory does not feature the clink of glass beakers, but rather the hum of computer banks, and with them, the promise of improving the performance of chemical engineering processes. “Atomic-scale computer simulations are helping us understand how deactivation occurs in the chemical industry — and are bringing us one step …Continue reading “Grant will assist CBE’s Roling with computer-enhanced petroleum research”

Chemical engineering graduate students honored for teaching, research efforts

Several graduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) were recently honored with Research Excellence (REX) and Teaching Excellence (TEX) awards for the fall 2019 semester. These awards are sponsored by the Iowa State University Graduate College. Honorees receive a letter of commendation from ISU President Wendy Wintersteen, a certificate of achievement, …Continue reading “Chemical engineering graduate students honored for teaching, research efforts”

Ryan Arndorfer joins ever-expanding CBE research as lab-teaching coordinator

Ryan Arndorfer has joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering team as a laboratory and teaching coordinator. He joins colleague Sarah Beckman, who was hired in early 2019. They will work together handling many important and ever-expanding teaching and research laboratory-related duties in the department, including managing and maintaining equipment, procuring new equipment (especially …Continue reading “Ryan Arndorfer joins ever-expanding CBE research as lab-teaching coordinator”

IE student strives to get kids interested in STEM

Strong mentors can have a lifelong impact and one industrial engineering student knows that well. Dagney Paskach grew up in Ames and has been surrounded by STEM influences for as long as she remembers. Her father, Thomas Paskach, graduated with his Ph.D. and B.S in chemical engineering from Iowa State University and currently serves as …Continue reading “IE student strives to get kids interested in STEM”

CBE’s Grad Seminar Series brings top lecturers to ISU

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s 2019-20 Graduate Seminar Series has begun, and will again provide a showcase of current chemical engineering research from some of the nation’s leading scientists. The seminars are part of the required curriculum for chemical engineering graduate students, but are open to all Iowa State graduate and undergraduate students, …Continue reading “CBE’s Grad Seminar Series brings top lecturers to ISU”

CBE’s Brent Shanks to receive inaugural catalysis award from Midwest organization

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s (CBE) Dr. Brent Shanks has been announced as the recipient of the inaugural Great Plains Catalysis Society Award. The award, created by the society to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of catalysis, will be presented to Shanks April 19 at the …Continue reading “CBE’s Brent Shanks to receive inaugural catalysis award from Midwest organization”

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