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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

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

Students with paper helicopters

Teamwork takes flight with paper helicopters in CBE class

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Chemical and Biological Engineering undergraduates in professor Nigel Reuel’s Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering class learned about functioning as a team under time constraints with a recent exercise that involved applying design of experiment (DoE) principles to create the optimal paper helicopter. The debut of the activity turned teams of students loose with paper, scissors, … Continue reading Teamwork takes flight with paper helicopters in CBE class

Large group photo of student scholars

Students congratulated, donors thanked in CBE Honors & Awards Banquet

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) saluted the recipients of scholarships and fellowships – and those who make them possible – in its annual Honors & Awards Banquet. A total of 224 CBE undergraduate students have been awarded 280 department scholarships in the current academic year, and 18 graduate students are pursuing their … Continue reading Students congratulated, donors thanked in CBE Honors & Awards Banquet

Dr. Terry King

CBE welcomes former professor, chair Terry King to Hall of Fame

ISU Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) heralded the return of a former professor and department chair as Dr. Terry S. King was officially inducted into the department’s Hall of Fame. King was a special guest and featured speaker as part of the annual CBE Honors & Awards Banquet October 20. He recently retired from Ball … Continue reading CBE welcomes former professor, chair Terry King to Hall of Fame

X-ray scattering device parts being moved into Sweeney Hall

Small angle X-ray scattering device components arrive at CBE

The parts that will come together for the new small angle X-ray scattering device to be placed in the basement of Sweeney Hall arrived October 6. Sent from France, the pieces were shipped in nine crates weighing anywhere from 300-800 pounds. When assembled the device will be 30 feet in length and will be shared … Continue reading Small angle X-ray scattering device components arrive at CBE

Students and faculty advisers large group

ChE 202: Sophs and faculty advisers meet to set academic plan

Chemical and biological engineering sophomores and CBE faculty members came together for the annual ChE 202 meeting in the Howe Hall atrium. Students in the “ChE Seminar” course meet with their assigned faculty advisers who assist them with setting their CBE academic plan for the remainder of their undergraduate curriculum. See more photos on the … Continue reading ChE 202: Sophs and faculty advisers meet to set academic plan