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UW Biodiesel Cooperative A Vision of Sustainability

ChemE seniors Tami McTaggart and Lauren Alexander, along with their fellow officers, share a vision of the future of the UW Biodoesel Cooperative. Their plans got a boost from the UW Campus Sustainability Fund in the form of an $89,000 grant award to house and operate a biodiesel reactor that converts used cooking oil generated by campus restaurants into fuel-grade biodiesel.  More . . .

Jeff Richards Conner Fellowship recipient Jeff Richards on the future of solar energy

In a recent interview with the UW Foundation, ChemE Ph.D. candidate Jeff Richards considers the many influences on his solar energy research.  "Science of the Sun" details Richard's work with fellow graduate students in the UW research group led by Professor Lilo Pozzo. "Jeff’s research focuses on the chemical makeup of a solar panel’s active layer, the sleek semiconductor film where the sun’s rays are converted to electricity."  More . . .

ChemE Welcomes Dr. Cole DeForest Dr. Cole DeForest

ChemE continues to grow, this year with the addition of new Assistant Professor Cole DeForest.  Professor DeForest brings expertise in the areas of biomaterials, stem cell biology, and protein engineering.  Joining our faculty in January 2014, he will be conducting research to develop novel biomaterial platforms to probe and direct stem cell fate. More . . .



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Recent and Upcoming News

2014 Distinguished Young Scholars Seminar (DYSS) Speakers Announced
Seminars are held on Mondays at 4pm in PAA A102, starting July 7.

John Berg's 50-Year Anniversary Celebration
Monday, September 15, 6:00 - 9:00pm, HUB South Ballroom. Please RSVP by 9/3.
Join faculty, friends and fellow alumni from the past 50 years to celebrate the many contributions Prof. John Berg has made to the Department of Chemical Engineering and the UW. Alumni are encouraged to share photos and memories at

Graduate Student Symposium on 9/18: Join Us!
The UW Association of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students (ACES) invites you to the 7th annual graduate student symposium, showcasing graduate student research on a wide range of topics. Thursday, September 18, 3:00 - 9:00pm, Mary Gates Hall. RSVP today!

Winners of the 2014 Bowen Design Award
Team Coastin', Team Kegel, and Team Aurora Plasmonics were selected as the inaugural winners of the Bowen Design Award. The J. Ray and Priscilla J. Bowen Endowment was established by former UW Dean of Engineering and Chemical Engineering Faculty member, J. Ray Bowen, to recognize outstanding student performance in senior design projects.

ChemE Graduation 2014
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The ChemE community gathered to honor our graduates and celebrate their accomplishments. Three speakers - Jess Little (Student), Prof. Jim Pfaendtner (Faculty), and Dr. Jud Virden (Moulton Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient) - shared inspiring messages for the journey ahead with the graduating class.

ChemE Celebrates Eric B. Denton, P.E., 2014 Diamond Award Honoree, Distinguished Achievement in Industry
Chemical Engineering celebrates the achievements of our alumnus, Eric B. Denton, P.E., at the 2014 Diamond Awards Dinner.

Clean Energy Institute featured on Crosscut Magazine
ChemE partner CEI is leading the way for solar energy future.

Dr. Samson A. Jenekhe receives AIChE Stine Award
Samson Jenekhe is awarded the prestigious Charles M.A. Stine Award. He will present a keynote talk in the MESD Plenary Session at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

Distinguished Alumnus Special Lecture: Dr. Richard B. Dickinson
How do cells find their centers, push out their boundaries, and spin their nuclei? Some answers to these mysteries revealed by multi-scale modeling. Thursday, 5/15, at 4:00 pm in PAA A110. More

Celebrating Faculty Excellence
James Carothers is chosen to receive the Innovation Award to fund his transformational research work on fundamental questions of cellular design.

Student Winners at Regional AIChE Conference
UW Chem E students take First Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention at the Pacific Northwest Regional AIChE Student Chapter Conference.

Rainie Nelson Named 2014 Dean's Medalist
ChemE senior Rainie Nelson is awarded the 2014 Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence.

UW College of Engineering Announces 2014 Community of Innovator Awardees
ChemE Assistant Prof. Jim Pfaendtner receives award for Junior Faculty Innovator.

Catch up with Bonderman Fellow Cori Bucherl
ChemE alumnus Cori Bucherl continues her travels with stops in Peru, Paraguay, and Argentina.

Alumnus Felix S. Kim Awarded for Outstanding Research
Dr. Kim (PhD 2012) will receive the 2014 ACS Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Chemistry.

ChemE Student Contributes to Science Magazine's NextGen Forum
Grad student Razieh Khalifehzadeh answers the question "What recent discovery will still be remembered 200 years from now?"

Clean Energy Institute Launched
ChemE Prof. Daniel Schwartz, Founding Director, anticipates innovative energy research and development at the new Clean Energy Institute.

Mary Lidstrom and David Beck Publish in Nature Communications
These two faculty members and co-authors publish high impact paper.

Conference on Zwitterionic Materials
Prof. Shaoyi Jiang is co-organizer of the International Conference on Bioinspired and Zwitterionic Materials (ICIZM 2013) in China, sponsored by the U.S NSF and the NSF of China.

High Impact Paper on Vaccines
Chem E Professor François Baneyx and UW co-authors publish paper in Nanomedicine.