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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. Beau's research focuses on integrating nanostructures into organic and hybrid solar cells towards the progression of printable and flexible photovoltaics (PVs).  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...


Welcome Assistant Prof. Vincent Holmberg!Assistant Professor 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 Berg's 50-Year Anniversary CelebrationProf. John C. Berg

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 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.


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Prof. Shaoyi Jiang Organizing the 2nd International Conference on Bioinspired and Zwitterionic Materials
Register today for the 2nd International Conference of Bioinspired and Zwitterionic Materials held on UW campus on August 13-14, 2015. The conference is organized by Prof. Shaoyi Jiang. Early registration ends on July 20th.

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.

Clean Energy Institute "Energized for the Future"
Energized for the Future, a series of columns commissioned by the Clean Energy Institute to showcase the opinion of thought leaders in the energy economy was recently published in Xconomy and is now available on the CEI website. The series features two columns by distinguished ChemE alumni Ron Litzinger and Jud Virden.

Engineering Discovery Days
The ChemE students and faculty put together an exceptional collection of experiential learning.

Prof. Sam Jenekhe elected Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry
Prof. Sam Jenekhe has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom's professional body for chemical scientists with a heritage that spans 170 years.

ChemE Students at Environmental Innovation Challenge
Congratulations to Team Ion Informatics for taking home the CoMotion Honorable Mention at the Environmental Innovation Challenge!

Prof. Dan Schwartz wins the 2015 Landolt Distinguished Mentor Award
The Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award recognizes a faculty member's outstanding contributions to the education and guidance of graduate students.

Prof. Buddy Ratner selected as Langmuir Lecturer
Prof. Ratner has been selected as one of the 2015 American Chemical Society Langmuir Lecturers. He will deliver the prestigious lecture at the ACS Fall National Meeting in Boston.

ChemE students serve as mentors at Bryant Elementary School Science Fair
11 ChemE students volunteered at the Bryant Elementary School Science Fair, working with 4th/5th graders on science projects and helping them present in front of hundreds of family and friends in attendance. ChemE was the largest group of UW volunteers this year. Way to go!

Prof. Cole DeForest describes new approach for guiding stem cell fate in Nature Materials
DeForest Research Group has developed an innovative strategy to reversibly photopattern 3D hydrogel biomaterials for the first time with full-length proteins. These programmable modifications were exploited to direct stem cell fate with complete spatiotemporal control.