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Beau Richardson: CoMotion Graduate Innovator 2015 Award Winner

The CoMotion Graduate Innovator Award goes to the graduate student or postdoctoral researcher in the College of Engineering who best demonstrates creative problem-solving on the road to moving innovative ideas to real-world impact. One of this year's winner, Beau Richardson, is a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering working with Prof. Qiuming Yu.  More...


UW ChemE x 3 = The Clasen Family

We are always happy to hear from our alumni but it is very rare indeed when tidings come from three generations in a row. Meet Katie Clasen, now a senior who will be the third in an unbroken line of UW Chemical Engineers when she graduates in Spring. More...


Assistant Professor Vincent Holmberg

Welcome Assistant Prof. Vincent Holmberg!

Dr. Vincent Holmberg joins the Chemical Engineering faculty as Assistant Professor, adding to the array of expertise in ChemE. Vincent comes to us from Switzerland’s ETH Zürich, where he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Optical Materials Engineering Laboratory. His laboratory is devoted to the large-scale production of nanowires and nanocrystals, with an emphasis on colloidal nanomaterials synthesized by scalable solution-based and supercritical fluid-based processes. More...


Prof. John C. Berg

Prof. John Berg's 50-Year Anniversary Celebration

ChemE Professor John C. Berg has had a profound effect on his students, colleagues, and the fields of chemical engineering and molecular engineering & sciences. 370 guests attended the celebration in September to honor John's excellence in teaching and research and his continued support for our students and the ChemE Department. We are incredibly proud to call John our own. Enjoy the video and photos from the celebration event. Alumni can also stroll through Prof. Berg's decades of teaching as captured by the photos displayed during the event.


Dr. Andy Kim


Dr. Andy Kim to Join as a Lecturer

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Andy Kim as a Full-Time Lecturer.  Andy may be new to the position but he certainly isn’t new to UW ChemE: he earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1991 and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2002 under the guidance of Prof. John Berg.  Looking at the department picture board near the main office, Andy is quick to comment, “I know him and her, and there also used to be this person in that position…”.  More . . .


Venkat Subramanian

ChemE Welcomes Associate Prof. Venkat Subramanian

The 2014-15 academic year is off to a good start for ChemE, with the hiring of Associate Professor Venkat Subramanian. In partnership with the Clean Energy Institute (CEI), ChemE set out to recruit a faculty with expertise in batteries and energy storage. Prof. Subramanian’s research focuses on modeling, analyzing and designing cost-effective, energy-efficient and environmentally benign electrochemical systems, in particular devices such as batteries, solar cells, fuel cells and sensors. His group has developed the fastest algorithm reported in the literature for simulating the performance of lithium-ion batteries.



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Winter 2015 Catalyst Newsletter

ChemE Alum John Whitaker's Modumetal on The Seattle Times
Modumetal, co-founded by ChemE Alum John Whitaker (Ph.D. '03, Advisor: Dan Schwartz), raised $33M in financing to manufacture a metal that can last longer than steel and aluminum. Read the full story on The Seattle Times.

Kayla Sprenger wins 2015 CoMSEF Conference Presentation Award
ChemE graduate student Kayla Sprenger (Advisor Prof. Jim Pfaendtner) won the 2015 CoMSEF Conference Presentation Award and was simultaneously selected as the PCCP Journal Poster Prize winner.

Prof. and Chair François Baneyx's Research on August Cover of Nano Letters
Prof. and Chair François Baneyx's research makes the August cover of Nano Letters with an article on computational design of two-dimensional protein crystals by Matthaei et al.

Prof. Shaoyi Jiang Hosts 120 Participants at the 2nd International Conference on Bioinspired and Zwitterionic Materials
The conference, organized by Prof. Shaoyi Jiang, was held on UW campus on August 13-14, 2015. It was a great success with 120 participants.

Prof. Venkat Subramanian Develops New Robust Approach to Solving Battery Models
Prof. Venkat Subramanian's new approach to solving battery models, on Green Car Congress.

What can data science do for you?
Prof. David Beck hosts 100 graduate students from around the country at his NSF-sponsored 2015 Data Science Workshop to come up with answers.

Prof. Dan Schwartz featured in UW Columns
Prof. Dan Schwartz is featured in "The Best Teachers Make it Look Easy" article.

Prof. Cole DeForest Receives The Jaconette L. Tietze Young Scientist Award
The Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) announced Prof. Cole DeForest as the recipient of the 2015 Jaconette L. Tietze Young Scientist Award, which advances the work of junior faculty in stem cell research.

ChemE Graduation 2015
ChemE gathered today (6/11) in Kane Hall to celebrate the graduating class of 2015. Check out the photos!

ChemE Men's Team Wins Intramural Soccer League
The men's team of ChemE grad students, Dreaming Dolphins, won the Intramural Soccer League for the second time in three years. Congratulations!

UW Crew Team w/ ChemE Students Wins National Championships
Two ChemE students helped the Huskies win their fifth straight national rowing championships. John Gangi (sophomore) and Graham Henry (junior) bookended the varsity men's 4+, John in stroke and Graham in the bow. UW won all five heavyweight camp races and dominated the regatta, winning every single race leading up to the finals, 14 in all.

Vie Diagnostics Wins the Grand Prize at the Foster School Business Competition
ChemE students Mark Borysiak and Charlie Corredor along with ME colleague Babak Moghadam won the Grand Prize and a $25,000 check at the Foster School Business Competition. Their company, Vie Diagnostics, is developing a low-cost DNA test for sexually transmitted diseases.