A career in chemical engineering provides:
During a two-week trip to Ethiopia, five UC students from Professor Greg Beaucage’s Solar Power for Africa course (CME 3010) worked with students from Haramaya University to design and construct a solar panel for a small village clinic. The panel will power lights, a computer, and a refrigerator used to store vaccines and other medicines.
Expanding on their recent cell motility research, Dr. Chia-Chi Ho and colleagues found they can simply and inexpensively sort cell mixtures in a tissue dish based on how quickly they move, using strategically-designed culture dishes. They hope to expand this research into areas in which cell motility plays a role, such as cancer metastasis and wound healing.
Co-directed by BCEE Professor Veselin Shanov, Nanoworld Laboratories recently hosted 50 pre-engineering students from Hughes High School as part of their educational outreach program. The students worked on a composite design project, used UC equipment to tensile test their composites, and learned about glues and adhesives from Dr. James Boerio.
Dr. Anastasios Angelopoulos, associate professor of Chemical Engineering was nominated for the 2014 Innovation Awards presented by Business Courier in April 2014. The Innovation Awards celebrate inventive companies and people “that show how new ideas can be developed into fuel for the Tri-State’s economic engine.” Angelopoulous was nominated for “Outstanding Emerging Innovation”. The winners will be announced at an event on April 10, 2014 and will also be featured in a Business Courier print article. Congratulations!
Dr. Carlos Co, an associate professor of Chemical Engineering, has been named “Professor of the Year” by the Engineering and Applied Science Tribunal. The Engineering and Applied Science Tribunal serves as the student government entity for the college. They selected Dr. Carlos Co for his commitment to excellent teaching. Congratulations, Dr. Co!
Dr. Vesselin Shanov was part of a group of UC faculty who won an internal award for their project entitled “Renewable Energy Storage Devices Using Renewable Materials”. These awards are funded by three entities: the Department of Biomedical, Chemical, and Environmental Engineering, (BCEE), the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (AEEM), and the Mathewson fund. Congratulations on this exciting project!
Shijun Wei (ChE graduate student, advisor: Dr. Greg Beaucage) won the 2013 P&G Accelerator Seed Fund, a short-term fellowship award for UC students to conduct materials science-related research. During his fellowship, Wei will work on a project involving “multi-layered gels as a delivery system to carry drugs, fragrance, flavor, and disinfectants,” he said. Wei will present his final work to the corporate Research and Development Division of P&G at the Beckett Ridge Technical Center. “Since I am newly enrolled as a graduate student,” Wei said, “I never expected to be the only winner from 63 competitors.” The hope is that Wei’s results will lead to new projects and subsequent collaboration.
Nicholas Kienzle and Timothy Ochmann (ChE undergraduate students) were recognized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) for their work developing a carbon nanotube cable. Under the direction of Post Doctor Noe Alvarez of the Nanoworld Laboratories (directed by Drs. Vesselin Shanov and Mark Schulz), the three developed a carbon nanotube (CNT) micro-cable for use as electrical wire. Using CNT thread, they designed and manufactured a thin, insulated wire that can be used to power a LED light. Kienzle and Ochmann traveled to San Francisco, California in early November to showcase their research in the AIChE National Student Paper and Poster Competitions. A panel of three chemical engineers judged the participants. Kienzle placed second in the research paper division and Ochmann placed third in the poster division. Both said they were proud to attend the prestigious competition and represent the Nanoworld Laboratories and the university.