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Cochran biobased paving research team receives national honor

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) Mary Jane Skogen Hagenson and Randy L. Hagenson Professor Eric Cochran is part of a team that has been honored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) at its Spring Meeting. Cochran, along with Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor R. Christopher Williams of the Department of Civil, Construction and …Continue reading “Cochran biobased paving research team receives national honor”

Aerospace Engineering faculty member R. Ganesh Rajagopalan passes away

The Department of Aerospace Engineering (AerE) and Iowa State University College of Engineering are mourning the death of Professor R. Ganesh Rajagopalan, who passed away March 19. A highly regarded researcher, he was responsible for unique contributions to rotorcraft, wind energy systems, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). He and his students have made significant and …Continue reading “Aerospace Engineering faculty member R. Ganesh Rajagopalan passes away”

Creativity, not perfection: Cyclone Engineer Benazir Fateh solves cutting edge tech challenges at Google

Cyclone Engineer Benazir Fateh (PhD ’13 Computer Engr) works on the cutting edge of technology – as a machine learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialist at Google with some of Google’s Cloud’s biggest customers namely Twitter, Uber, Apple and PayPal. 

AerE graduate student Thanh Phan receives Brown Fellowship

Thanh Phan, a fifth-year Ph.D. aerospace engineering student at Iowa State, has been named a Brown Graduate Fellowship recipient for 2021-22. Fourteen fellowships are awarded to Iowa State students each year. Phan is one of three recipients in the College of Engineering. He was selected for the honor after two of his recent research articles …Continue reading “AerE graduate student Thanh Phan receives Brown Fellowship”

Study by AerE’s Hu confirms impact of ice on wind turbine blades

Wind turbines have become a staple of power generation. But ice accumulating on their blades during adverse winter weather can reduce their energy production by as much as 80%. That’s the finding of a new field study just released by Department of Aerospace Engineering Martin C. Jischke Professor Hui Hu. Read more about how Hu’s …Continue reading “Study by AerE’s Hu confirms impact of ice on wind turbine blades”

CBE alum, College of Engineering council member Mark Lashier named Phillips 66 president, COO

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) alumnus Mark Lashier has been named president and chief operating officer of Phillips 66 effective April 1, 2021. He has served as president and chief executive officer of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP since August, 2017. Lashier received his B.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Iowa State …Continue reading “CBE alum, College of Engineering council member Mark Lashier named Phillips 66 president, COO”

Nigel Reuel research group featured in look at ISU I-Corps program

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) assistant professor and Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow Nigel Reuel and two of his now-graduated students have been spotlighted by Iowa State’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). Reuel, recent department Ph.D. graduate Sadaf Charkhabi, recent B.S. graduate Andee Beierle (who was an …Continue reading “Nigel Reuel research group featured in look at ISU I-Corps program”

Bailey Research Career Development award for Shao’s mitochondrial DNA study

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) associate professor and Vernon Guse Faculty Fellow Zengyi Shao has been named the recipient of the 2021 Iowa State University Bailey Research Career Development award. The award, administered by the university’s Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR), is given each year to faculty whose work is high-risk, …Continue reading “Bailey Research Career Development award for Shao’s mitochondrial DNA study”

CBE lab specialist Arndorfer honored for helping faculty educate students during pandemic

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering teaching laboratory specialist Ryan Arndorfer’s efforts to help deliver education to students under challenging conditions have been recognized. He has been named a recipient of the Excellence in Instructional Support Award as part of the university’s Exceptional Effort Awards. The program was established to note extraordinary and innovative ways …Continue reading “CBE lab specialist Arndorfer honored for helping faculty educate students during pandemic”

AerE grad student Srinivasan takes People’s Choice Award in 3-Minute Thesis competition

Three minutes well spent has netted Department of Aerospace Engineering graduate student Ramya Srinivasan the People’s Choice Award in Iowa State University’s 3-Minute Thesis final competition. Three Minute Thesis (3MT) celebrates research conducted by master’s or Ph.D. students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland, the competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research …Continue reading “AerE grad student Srinivasan takes People’s Choice Award in 3-Minute Thesis competition”

National-level accomplishments round out big 2020 for Iowa State AIChE

A whirlwind of virtual activity near the end of the fall semester has once again netted some significant experience and major honors for the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) student chapter. The AIChE Annual Student Conference was held virtually November 13-16, with the Iowa State chapter in action …Continue reading “National-level accomplishments round out big 2020 for Iowa State AIChE”

Connor Smith named CBE’s Burkhart Award recipient

Connor Smith has been chosen as the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) Lawrence E. Burkhart Memorial Award recipient for the fall 2020 commencement. The honor is bestowed upon one graduating senior each semester, named Outstanding Senior Student in Chemical Engineering, with emphasis on scholastic performance. The recipient is selected by department faculty. Burkhart, …Continue reading “Connor Smith named CBE’s Burkhart Award recipient”

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