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Join Us! Accepting Applications for a Full-Time Tenure-Track Faculty Position (AA8522)

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington invites applications or nominations for a full-time tenure-track faculty position to begin September 16, 2015. The Department is seeking candiates at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, although all ranks will be considered. Applications received on or before November 30, 2014, will be given priority consideration. More . . .


Dr. Andy Kim to Join as a LecturerDr. Andy Kim

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 . . .

ChemE Welcomes Associate Prof. Venkat SubramanianVenkat 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.  More . . .

A Vision of SustainabilityUW Biodiesel Cooperative

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 . . .


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Recent and Upcoming News

Department Seminar Series on Mondays
3:15pm - 3:50pm: Social Time in Benson Hall Lobby
4pm: Seminar in Bagley 154. First seminar is October 6th. Details here.

Leadership Seminar Series on Wednesdays
2:30 - 3:20pm: Seminar in PAA A114. Social to follow in Benson Hall Lobby. First seminar is October 1st. Details here.

Dave Castner Awarded the 2014 Riviere Prize from the UK Surface Analysis Forum
The 2014 Riviere Prize is awarded to Prof. David G. Castner for his contribution to the study, analysis and understanding of biological and biomaterial interfaces.

Shaoyi Jiang featured on the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News
"Simple Molecules Block Bacterial Biofilms" - Check out the exciting work of Prof. Shaoyi Jiang and his research group on the current issue of C&EN.

2014 ChemE Senior Design II Team takes Honorable Mention at the AIChE Student Design Competition
2014 Senior Design II team (Tami McTaggart, Arin Greenwood and Kim Huynh) took Honorable Mention at the AIChE Student Design Competition for their project on industrial-scale production of alternative flu vaccines produced from modified sf9 insect cells. Way to go!

Hugh Hillhouse and UW Team Selected for High Profile Dept. of Energy SunShot Initiative Award
Prof. Hugh Hillhouse and the UW Clean Energy Institute team was awarded the highly competitive US Energy Department SunShot Initiative Award as part of the $53 Million national initiative.

10/29 ChemE Alumnus Roy Diaz to speak at Husky Leadership Initiative
Roy Diaz on Leadership, October 29, 6 - 9pm at the HUB. Register today!

Benson 123 Named "The John C. Berg Interfacial & Colloid Science Lab"
Benson 123 named in honor of our longtime and beloved Prof. John Berg.

Pfaendtner featured in Provost's "Leading Change in Public Higher Education" Report
Helping UW Students prepare for life after graduation: It takes all of us. See how our own Prof. Jim Pfaendtner is helping students prepare for career success.

Overney selected to attend the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium
Prof. Rene Overney is among a group of faculty who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines and is selected to participate in this NAE symposium to share best practices in education.

Celebrating John Berg's 50-Year Anniversary
ChemE professor John C. Berg has had a profound effect on his colleagues, students, and the fields of chemical engineering and molecular engineering & sciences. Learn more from several of those who have benefited from John's example and mentorship on the occasion of his 50th anniversary with UW. Photos from the event are here

Pfaendtner Featured in ASEE "20 under 40"
Prof. Jim Pfaendtner was featured in American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 20 under 40 for his passion and commitment in coaching and helping students achieve their career goals (page 31).

Graduate Student Symposium on 9/18
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, Program 3:00 - 6:00pm (poster session/mixer to follow), Mary Gates Hall 358.

ChemE Wins COE Kickball Tournament!
Team ChemE has won the UW College of Engineering kickball tournament! Way to go!!

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.