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illustration: modifying microbe genomes to upcycle co2

Tue, 09/13/2022

Retooling microbes to upcycle CO2

An interdisciplinary, UW-led team of synthetic biologists will embark on a 5-year, $15 million project to engineer microbial genomes that transform CO2 into high-value chemicals.

Renyu Zheng

Wed, 09/07/2022 | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Renyu Zheng wins Peptoid Summit presentation award

Graduate student Zheng presented work on the design of a simple peptoid capable of self-assembly into highly ordered helical fibers

Kirk A. Nass headshot

Thu, 08/11/2022

2022 Moulton Distinguished Alumnus

Kirk A. Nass (Ph.D. ’89) is honored for his work in polymer science and advocacy for equal rights at Chevron 

washington state academy of sciences logo

Fri, 07/15/2022 | UW News

Jim Pfaendtner elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Pfaendtner is recognized “for pioneering contributions that advanced the frontiers of molecular simulation, impacting the prediction of enzyme activity in ionic liquids, peptide interactions with surfaces and molecular design.”

dean allbritton, isaiah lemmon, jim pfaendtner

Tue, 07/05/2022 | UW Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

Isaiah Lemmon is a 2022 UW Engineering Dean's Medalist

Lemmon, a ChemE–computer science double major, has a passion for programming and clean energy

thomas madden

Fri, 06/10/2022 | UW Clean Energy Institute

Madden joins Clean Energy Testbeds as Entrepreneur-in-Residence

ChemE affiliate professor Thomas Madden (Ph.D. '01) will mentor entrepreneurs and advise early-stage, climate tech startups at UW's open-access facility for developing clean energy technology

molecular engineering students in the lab

Tue, 05/17/2022 | UW Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute

Unlocking biotechnology with RNA

Two recent molecular engineering alums, advised by ChemE professor James Carothers, have launched a startup to engineer 'smart' RNA to solve complex problems

Sydney Floryanzia

Tue, 04/19/2022 | AIChE CEP

Breaking down the blood-brain barrier

Ph.D. student Sydney Floryanzia is developing drug delivery methods to cross the blood-brain barrier. Inspired by music, great mentors, and the complexities of the brain, she's loving the work she does every day.

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Wed, 04/13/2022 | UW News

UW graduate and professional disciplines again place high in US News’ best graduate school rankings

ChemE's graduate program ranks 20th in chemical engineering, according to U.S. News & World Report

star-shaped gold nanoparticles

Tue, 03/29/2022

Researchers create a sea of nano-sized gold stars

Precise construction is possible with predictive materials science

winning inSTENT Connection team with big check

Fri, 03/11/2022 | UW Foster School of Business

ChemE seniors part of winning health innovation team

Evan Ross and Jimmy Ye were part of team inSTENT Connection, which won the $15,000 grand prize in the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

professor elizabeth nance

Thu, 03/10/2022 | UW Bioengineering

Elizabeth Nance joins BioE core faculty

Nance's research lies at the intersection of engineering, neurosciences, data sciences and translational medicine, and is focused on addressing brain disease.

sam jenekhe

Fri, 02/11/2022 | UW News

Samson Jenekhe elected to National Academy of Engineering

Jenekhe's pioneering research includes work on organic and flexible electronics, OLEDs, and semiconducting polymers

collage of STEM students in the lab and classroom

Fri, 02/04/2022 | UW Community College Research Initiatives

Partnerships across WA state to smooth the way for STEM transfers

ChemE undergraduate adviser Nicole Minkoff is the UW-Seattle lead in an initiative to improve outcomes for students transferring into 4-year STEM degree programs

brain organoid

Tue, 01/18/2022 | Science

New UW center to advance scientific software

Led by David Beck, the Scientific Software Engineering Center will speed the deployment & adoption of prototype codes

engineer looking at a membrane

Mon, 12/13/2021 | UW CoMotion

Startup success story: Membrion

Greg Newbloom (Ph.D. '14) sits down with ChemE professor and CoMotion director François Baneyx to share his insights from founding a UW-spinout company

3d printing manufacturing

Thu, 12/02/2021

We can make it — better

ChemE researchers are developing and scaling up advanced manufacturing technologies to make more sophisticated molecules and materials, more sustainably

Wed, 12/01/2021

Two ChemE's named to the 2021 Husky 100

Two members of the Class of 2021 are recognized for their service and leadership as students at UW

liney arnadottir

Wed, 12/01/2021

2021 Early Career Impact Award

Líney Árnadóttir is the first to receive this award, recognizing a graduate within 15 years of receiving their degree

mark lawrence and hugh hillhouse

Fri, 11/19/2021

2021 Moulton Distinguished Alumni Awards

Mark Lawrence (B.S. '94) and Hugh Hillhouse (M.S. '96) are honored for their contributions to industry and academia, respectively

jorge marchand, shachi mittal, and ben rutz

Thu, 11/18/2021

Meet our new faculty

Jorge Marchand, Shachi Mittal, and Ben Rutz join ChemE in the 2021-22 academic year

COE alumni Mishaal Aleem, Dustin Richmond and Kate Schultz

Mon, 11/15/2021 | UW Engineering

Promoting equity in engineering

Three alumni, including Kate Schultz (ChemE '17), reflect on the impact that the College of Engineering’s PEERs program has had on their work as engineers and computer scientists.

C-HACK 2022 logo

Mon, 10/11/2021

The 2nd annual ChemE hackathon: coming January 2022

The two-week-long Python tutorial and team problem-solving event is open to undergraduate chemical engineering students at UW and Oregon State

patient with portable kidney dialysis device

Thu, 09/09/2021 | UW Medicine

Artificial kidney prototype earns major prize

Buddy Rather's team at the Center for Dialysis Innovation is developing a portable kidney-dialysis device

plastic bottles

Thu, 08/26/2021 | WSU Insider

NSF grant supports work to address waste plastics

A WSU–UW ChemE team will design catalytic processes that improve plastics recycling and make it more cost-effective