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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

Fall 2014 Department Seminar Speakers Announced
Seminars are held on Mondays at 4pm in PAA A110, starting October 6.

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.