Chemical Engineering

A career in chemical engineering provides:

  • Endless opportunities
  • Considerable personal satisfaction
  • Environmental impact
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UC Chemical Engineering Professor represents UC at HERS 2016 Summer Institute in Denver, Colorado

Dr. Chia-Chi Ho, a chemical engineering professor, was selected to represent UC at the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) 2016 Summer Institute. This group works to “create and sustain a community of women leaders in higher education through premier leadership development training and programs.” Ho was also named as a Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) for the academic year 2016-17. She was nominated for the fellowship by UC President Santa J. Ono.


► Chemical Engineering Faculty News

1.  BCEE Takes Seven CEAS Faculty Awards

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences recently announced their awards for the 2015-2016 school year and this list included seven awards for the BCEE faculty.  Dr. David Wendell was awarded the CEAS Neil Wandmacher Teaching Award Young Faculty. Dr. Daria Narmoneva (BME), Dr. Jason Shearn (BME) and Dr. Margaret Kupferle (ENVE) won the Master Education Award and the Distinguished Researcher Award was given to Dr. Dion Dionysiou (ENVE), Dr.Jing-Huei Lee (BME) and Dr. Peter Smirniotis (ChE).  

2.  University Fellow Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Dion Dionysious (ENVE) and Dr. Chai-Chi Ho (ChE) as they were both elected as Fellows of the Graduate School.  Dr. Ho was also elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Teaching and Learning. Congratulations!

► Chemical Engineering Student News

1.  ChE undergraduate student working on biofuel production under the Protégé Program

Chemical Engineering undergraduate student Ryan Durham, supported by the Protégé Program, is working under the direction of Dr. Maobing Tu in the study of biofuel production. The Tu research group focuses on the production of biofuels from lignocellulose, or dry plant matter. In order for the fermentation process to produce organic alcohols for use as biofuel, the plant cell walls must first be broken. However, current methods inhibit microbial activity and thus the fermentation process. Recently, Dr. Tu’s group has developed a detoxification process that enhances microbial fermentation of biomass hydrolysates