Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering professors Eric Cochran and Nigel Reuel were among those recognized during the College of Engineering Convocation, the annual academic year kickoff event for Engineering faculty and staff.
Associate professor Cochran was saluted along with Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor R. Christopher Williams of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering for a patent received for work performed at Iowa State’s Bio-Polymer Processing Facility. Cochran and Williams spearheaded the development of the $5.3 million plant, which opened in the university’s BioCentury Farm in 2015 and is a joint operation between the two departments. The patent is for Thermoplastic elastomers via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization of triglycerides.
Assistant professor Reuel was honored for being named a Black & Veatch Building a World of Difference Faculty Fellow in Engineering. He was noted for his research work in the areas of nano materials, sensors, water, energy and wireless communication.