Clausen Named Interim Department Head
Ed Clausen, professor of chemical engineering, has been named interim head of the Ralph R. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering. As interim department head, Clausen will hold the Ralph E. Martin Leadership Chair.
CHEG Students Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Several current and former chemical engineering students have received the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for the upcoming academic year. Congratulations to Jeremy Dunklin, Megan Dunn, William Erwin, and Justin Norman.
CHEG Student Wins AIChE Paper Competition
Haley Cleous, an Honors College student majoring in chemical engineering, placed first in a paper competition at the Mid America Regional conference of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Cleous will be one of nine regional paper competition winners to compete in the Student Paper Competition at the national AIChE conference in November.
Dr. D. Keith Roper. He was an invited participant in Capital Hill Briefing "Sustaining U.S. Leadership in Biotech" with remarks by U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell.
Dr. D. Keith Roper. He was invited to be a conference co-organizer for the NSF Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Biannual Meeting, "Preparing Tomorrow's Engineering Leaders" in Washington, DC, October 27-28, 2014. He also was a session organizer for the NSF ERC ILO Annual Meeting, “Intellectual Property Considerations of Emerging Technologies in Synthetic Biology and Semiconductor Research" in Austin, Texas, in June.
Dr. Jamie Hestekin and Dr. Shannon Servoss. The Arkansas Biosciences Institute awarded them a continuation grant for, "Design of an Implantable Lung with High Gas Transport and Low Biofouling."
Dr. Ranil Wickramasinghe. The Arkansas Biosciences Institute funded his project, “High Capacity Hydrophobic Interaction Membrane Chromatography.”
Dr. Jamie Hestekin. The Arkansas Biosciences Institute funded his project with Biomedical Engineering faculty member Dr. Jeff Wolchok, "The Development of Extracellular Matrix Fibers Using Hollow Fiber Membranes."
Dr. Jamie Hestekin: His paper, “Catalytic Production of 1-Octadecanol from Octadecanoic Acid Using Plug Flow Reactor Hydrotreating,” has been accepted for publication into the Journal of the American Oil Chemist's Society.
Dr. Ranil Wickramasinghe. Starting in January 2015, he will be Executive Editor of the Francis Taylor Journal Separation Science and Technology.
Dr. Greg Thoma. He has four recently funded projects: "Comparative Analysis of the Environmental Footprints of Pig Production in the European Union (EU) and the United States (US), "National Scale Comprehensive LCA for Yogurt Production in the US," "Environmental Impact Assessment of Food Waste Associated with Current U.S. Intakes Compared to the Recommended USDA Food Patterns," and, with Dr. Rick Ulrich, "Integrated Sustainability Modeling for Swine Farm Operations."
Dr. Bob Beitle. He was appointed Associate Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development.