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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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Recent and Upcoming News

Winter 2015 Department Seminars

Spring 2015 Department Seminars

Open Faculty Positions
The Department of Chemical Engineering is recruiting two full-time tenure-track faculty.

AA9493: Joint appointment in ChemE and Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
AA8522: Appointment in ChemE

Prof. and Chair François Baneyx Elected as American Academy of Microbiology Fellow
Prof. and ChemE Chair François Baneyx was elected to Fellowship in American Academy of Microbiology. Baneyx will be recognized at the 115th American Society for Microbiology General Meeting in New Orleans in June.

Prof. Shaoyi Jiang's Students Continue to Excel Beyond UW
Gang Cheng (UW Ph.D. '09), now an Assistant Professor at the Univ. of Akron, has been awarded a prestigious NSF CAREER Award. Andrew White (UW Ph.D. '13) is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester.

Prof. Dan Schwartz on GeekWire
Prof. Schwartz weighs in on the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai in an interview with GeekWire.

Congratulations to Associate Prof. Jim Pfaendtner
Assistant Prof. Jim Pfaendtner will be promoted to Associate Prof. with tenure effective September 16, 2015. Congratulations Prof. Pfaendtner on this richly deserved achievement.

Les Babb: "Remarkable Contributions to Humanity"
We mourn the passing of Professor Emeritus Albert L. Babb (Les), who transformed the world with life-prolonging kidney dialysis.

Prof. and Chair François Baneyx Elected to AIMBE College of Fellows
Professor and ChemE Chair François Baneyx was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)'s College of Fellows. Baneyx will be inducted at AIMBE's 2015 Annual Event in March in Washington D.C. and will join the top 2% select group of most accomplished medical and biological engineers.

CEI Funds Three New ChemE Grad Fellows
Clean Energy Institute (CEI) announced the recipients of its 2015 Graduate Fellowships in Clean Energy Research. Among the group are three new ChemE Fellows, adding to the two inaugural recipients in 2014.

NIH Funding of NESAC/BIO Extended to 2019
The National ESCA and Surface Analysis Center for Biomedical Problems (NESAC/BIO) led by Professor David Castner has received an additional five years of funding from the NIH.

ChemE alumna Volha Hrechka and startup Polydrop featured on the UW front page
Volha graduated with B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2013. She was among the inaugural entrepreneurial design cohort working with Prof. Pozzo on PolyDrop Technology.

ChemE Staff Making a Difference
Karen Yoneda, ChemE Fiscal Specialist, was featured in The Whole U for her volunteer work with the homeless. We are proud to call Karen our own.

Grad Award Ceremony 2014
The event featured a presentation by 2014 Faculty Lecture Award winner, Charlie Corredor. Congratulations all!