L. K. Doraiswamy
Graduate Seminar Series

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s L. K. Doraiswamy Graduate Seminar Series presents guest lectures by chemical engineering researchers from around the U.S.

ISU chemical engineering graduate students are required to attend with CH E 601 (Seminar) for course credit; however, the seminars are open to all ISU faculty, staff, students, post-doctoral researchers and scientists.

  • Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Emeritus L. K. Doraiswamy

    L.K. Doraswamy
    L. K. Doraiswamy

    Beginning with the fall 2023 semester the series has been renamed in honor of the late Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Emeritus L. K. Doraiswamy.

    Doraiswamy was one of the world’s foremost experts in chemical reaction engineering, having authored several books on heterogeneous reactions, organic synthesis, and advanced chemical reaction engineering. In recognition of his impact on chemical engineering as a discipline, Doraiswamy received numerous prestigious national and international honors and awards. Doraiswamy was also known for his leadership of the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, India, where he spent nearly a quarter century.

    He joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) faculty in 1992 and was active in the department after his retirement in 2001 until his death in 2012. A lecture series was established in Doraiswamy’s name and in the original format it featured a single lecturer each year who presented research at both Iowa State and in India. The new format will bring numerous researchers to the ISU campus each year to share their research findings with department graduate students and faculty.

2024-25 Seminar Series

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars held in 0114 SICTR, 11 a.m. – noon.

Fall 2024 Semester

  • August 29: Introductory Seminar – Dennis Vigil, Reginald R. Baxter Endowed Department Chair, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  •  September 5: Safety Seminar
  •  September 12: Carl Denard, University of Florida
  •  September 19: To be announced
  •  September 26: Kelsey Stoerzinger, University of Minnesota
  •  October 3: Tonglei Li, Purdue University
  •  October 10: Jessica Winter, The Ohio State University
  •  October 17: Linsey Seitz, Northwestern University
  •  October 24: Tobin Marks, Northwestern University
  •  October 31: No seminar (AIChE annual meetings)
  •  November 7: Vidhya Chakrapani, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  •  November 14: Oleg Gang, Columbia University
  •  Novemer 21: Scott Carver, Regeneron (department alumnus)
  •  November 28: No seminar (Thanksgiving break)
  • December 5: Rudiyanto Gunawan, State University of New York at Buffalo

Spring 2025 Semester (currently scheduled seminars – additional to be announced)

  • January 23: Safety Seminar
  • January 30: Christopher Jewell, University of Maryland
  • February 13: Director of Graduate Education Town Hall (date subject to change)
  • February 27: Miguel Modestino, New York University
  • March 6: Paul Kohl, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • April 3: Shudipto Konica Dishari, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • April 10: Sherry Gao, University of Pennsylvania
  • April 17: Ryan Hayward, University of Colorado