Author: John Burnett-Larkins

Graduate Seminar Series set to welcome researchers from around the nation

The Chemical Engineering Graduate Seminar Series again features a slate of highly regarded scientists in many specialties set to bring their research expertise to Iowa State University and a record 87 chemical engineering graduate students. Currently, 17 guest presenters are booked for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters, with more additions possible at later … Continue reading Graduate Seminar Series set to welcome researchers from around the nation

Kaiser with students

John Kaiser eager to boost real world knowledge as CBE’s new lecturer

As a member and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s (CBE) Advisory Council, John Kaiser was always a very popular visitor whenever he’d come to Sweeney Hall. As a longtime employee of Mars Chocolate, Kaiser, who some nicknamed “The Candy Man,” would bring samples of his employer’s products to hand out to … Continue reading John Kaiser eager to boost real world knowledge as CBE’s new lecturer

BioMaP REU students wrap up summer of research, fun in CBE

With participation in the university-wide research poster presentation and a reception in the department, Chemical and Biological Engineering’s (CBE) 13 BioMaP REU students concluded their summer of research at Iowa State. The program (Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates) brings college students to the Iowa State campus to work under the mentorship of … Continue reading BioMaP REU students wrap up summer of research, fun in CBE

Oviedo, Spain summer lab wraps up with valuable experience, memories

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Oviedo, Spain Summer Lab Program hosted eight Iowa State undergraduates this summer, joined by students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the annual joint program. The program uses the facilities and educators of the University of Oviedo. The intensive course work serves up a unit operations lecture and … Continue reading Oviedo, Spain summer lab wraps up with valuable experience, memories

Oviedo students at overlook

Oviedo, Spain summer lab underway for CBE students

One of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s (CBE) most unique learning experiences is now in full swing more than 4,000 miles from the ISU campus. The 2018 University of Oviedo, Spain Summer Lab Program is hosting eight Iowa State CBE undergraduates this year. They are joined by fellow students from the University of … Continue reading Oviedo, Spain summer lab underway for CBE students

BioMaP REU students

Thirteen undergrads from around the U.S. set for CBE’s BioMap REU

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) has welcomed the 13 participants in this year’s BioMaP REU program. Hosted annually by the department with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates (BioMaP REU) provides mentored research. Each student is paired with one ISU CBE faculty member … Continue reading Thirteen undergrads from around the U.S. set for CBE’s BioMap REU

Undergrads group photo

CBE bids farewell to graduates in commencement reception

CBE graduates started their commencement day experience by taking part in the traditional department pre-commencement reception at the Scheman Building’s Benton Auditorium. Family members and friends joined graduates for the breakfast reception, followed by the official ceremonies. Akash Mitra, who received the department’s Lawrence E. Burkhart Outstanding Senior Award for this commencement, was recognized and … Continue reading CBE bids farewell to graduates in commencement reception

CBE’s new Small Angle X-Ray Scattering unit will benefit many ISU researchers

“It’s a piece of equipment that’s as easy to use as a coffee maker. And it’s a very low-risk way to visualize materials to see if it tells you something new.” The simplicity, yet high value of, the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Small Angle X-Ray Scattering System (SAXS) is summed up in that … Continue reading CBE’s new Small Angle X-Ray Scattering unit will benefit many ISU researchers

CBE Advisory Council members

John Burnett-Larkins

CBE welcomed its Advisory Council members to Iowa State for the group’s annual meeting with the department. Graduate and undergraduate curriculum, teaching, department needs, future planning and more are all discussed. Pictured are (left to right): G. Paul Wilhite, University of Kansas; John Kaiser, Mars Chocolate; Derek Winkel, Renewable Energy Group; Meghan Watt, FilmTec Corporation; Tess Duckett, … Continue reading

Perfect Pitch winners

Winners of CBE’s Perfect Pitch research competition announced

With the final tick of the 90-second timer the voting tabulations began in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s inaugural “Perfect Pitch” graduate student research competition. All chemical engineering graduate students were required to address the question, “So, what kind of research do you do?” in a timed, 90-second presentation with the use of … Continue reading Winners of CBE’s Perfect Pitch research competition announced

2017 BioMaP participants

Applications for CBE’s BioMaP REU undergrad program accepted as of Jan. 8

Iowa State’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering will begin accepting applications for its 2018 BioMaP REU undergraduate summer research program on January 8, 2018. The deadline for applying is February 15. The program will be held from May 29 – August 3, 2018. Details about the program, including a flyer and a descriptive list … Continue reading Applications for CBE’s BioMaP REU undergrad program accepted as of Jan. 8

Graduating seniors group photo

CBE sends off graduating seniors in commencement reception

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering said “congratulations” to 55 bachelor’s degree and two Ph.D. recipients December 16. A number of undergraduates, family members and friends joined in the traditional pre-commencement reception graduation morning. Each student in attendance is recognized and given the opportunity to introduce family members and share a special memory of … Continue reading CBE sends off graduating seniors in commencement reception

Prof. Wenzhen Li with graduate assistants

Li Group research advances bioderived products from renewable electricity

Iowa State engineers are exploring new approaches to produce biobased chemicals and fuels through electrochemistry. Molecules derived from biomass are typically highly oxygenated, and require chemical transformations before they can be used as fuels or for the production of chemical products. One common transformation is hydrogenation – that is the addition of hydrogen – which … Continue reading Li Group research advances bioderived products from renewable electricity

Large CBE student contingent at conference includes Chem-E-Car team

Eighteen undergraduate students representing Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering took part in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. The event brings together chemical engineering students, educators, industry professionals and more from around the nation to attend information sessions, networking events, competitions and more, in what is … Continue reading Large CBE student contingent at conference includes Chem-E-Car team

Meghan Watt, Huiquan Wu with chair Andy Hillier

CBE alums Wu, Watt recognized as award recipients

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) alumni Meghan Watt (B.S.CBE’02) and Huiquan Wu (PH.D. CBE’01) were recognized by the department in a reception October 27. Wu is the recipient of the College of Engineering Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering (PACE) Award and Watt has been honored with the ISU Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumni … Continue reading CBE alums Wu, Watt recognized as award recipients