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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

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

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.

John Berg's 50-Year Anniversary Celebration on 9/15 Mon.
Faculty, students, and alumni will gather to celebrate the 50 years of contributions Prof. John Berg has made to the Department of Chemical Engineering and the UW.
Benson Hall Open House 3 - 5pm and Dinner & Program at 6pm (dinner registration closed).

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.