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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.

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.

Q&A with International Space Station astronauts in live broadcast Sept. 27; time confirmed for 11:10 a.m.

Questions from youth across Iowa will be asked of astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in a live broadcast arranged by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium and Iowa State Extension and Outreach.

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.

Aero’s M:2:I launches tenth anniversary year with busy information session

The tenth year of the Department of Aerospace Engineering’s Make to Innovate (M:2:I) program officially got underway with its kickoff event August 25. More than 130 undergraduate students were on hand in the Howe Hall atrium to learn about the 2021-22 edition of the Boeing-sponsored, student project-centered program. M:2:I touts teamwork in the planning, design …Continue reading “Aero’s M:2:I launches tenth anniversary year with busy information session”

Fair food favorites fly far with M:2:I HABET balloon demonstration

The midway was nearby. But for some, one of the most exciting rides at the Iowa State Fair was had by various fair foods aboard a balloon launched by an Iowa State University team to give youngsters a close-up look at science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The Department of Aerospace Engineering’s Make to …Continue reading “Fair food favorites fly far with M:2:I HABET balloon demonstration”

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”

Iowa State University’s solar car team unveils its newest car

Iowa State University’s solar car club, Team PrISUm, unveiled its newest model on Friday afternoon at the Student Innovation Center: Eliana. Eliana is the 15th iteration of a solar-powered vehicle that the student club has developed since its founding in 1989. Typically, the team develops a new model every other year. The name for the …Continue reading “Iowa State University’s solar car team unveils its newest car”

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”

Vernon Guse Faculty Fellowship awarded to CBE’s Zengyi Shao

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering associate professor Zengyi Shao has been named the inaugural Vernon Guse Faculty Fellow. The endowed faculty fellowship has been made possible by a gift from the estate of Vernon Guse (B.S. chemical engineering, 1934). Shao will use support from the fellowship to help bolster her research team’s work in …Continue reading “Vernon Guse Faculty Fellowship awarded to CBE’s Zengyi Shao”

Vardeman to retire after nearly four decades at Iowa State University

Longtime Iowa State University faculty member Steve Vardeman officially retired at the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year. Vardeman first joined the Iowa State University faculty as an assistant professor of statistics in 1981. He became an associate professor in 1983 and in 1985 joined the industrial engineering (IE) department, serving appointments in both statistics …Continue reading “Vardeman to retire after nearly four decades at Iowa State University”

Cargill supports Jarboe bioindustrial research with professorship

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering professor Laura Jarboe has been named Cargill Professor in Chemical Engineering. The professorship has been created to support a scholar working in process intensification and bioprocessing of agricultural feedstocks into chemicals and chemical intermediates that can be applied on an industrial scale. The recipient of the professorship will offer …Continue reading “Cargill supports Jarboe bioindustrial research with professorship”

Two honored with CBE’s Burkhart senior award

Alex Kauffmann and James Trettin are co-recipients of the Lawrence E. Burkhart Memrorial Award for the spring 2021 commencement. The honor is bestowed upon graduating seniors, who are named Outstanding Senior Student in Chemical Engineering, with emphasis on scholastic performance. Recipients are selected by department faculty. Burkhart, the award’s namesake, was a member of the …Continue reading “Two honored with CBE’s Burkhart senior award”

Sea-loving Saudi finds a loving home at landlocked Iowa State University

Growing up in coastal Saudi Arabia, Fahad Alsaggaf developed a strong personal connection to the sea. So, it was a major change of scenery when he attended college in a landlocked state like Iowa, but he said he has never regretted his decision. Alsaggaf grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a port city along the …Continue reading “Sea-loving Saudi finds a loving home at landlocked Iowa State University”

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