Michigan Chemical Engineering Winter 201 7 eNews

The Bicentennial is here!   
The University will celebrate its 200th birthday in 2017!  Learn about historical milestones and noteworthy people. 

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RAPID Manufacturing Institute

Michigan is joining AIChE in an institute dedicated to improving the efficiency of the chemical industry by finding ways to reduce the energy required and the waste generated in making chemical products. Levi Thompson will lead the effort here in Ann Arbor.

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Read about graduate student Rhonda Jack's determined journey to develop a device to diagnose cancers more precisely and treat them more effectively.

Solomon elected AAAS fellow

Mike Solomon is one of nine University of Michigan faculty members recently elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Wen wins NSF CAREER award

Fei Wen has won a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.

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2016 Walter J. Weber, Jr. Lecture

Dr. Marc Edwards, an environmental engineer from Virginia Tech, presented the 2016 Walter J. Weber Jr. Lecture in 2016. His lecture topic was "Drinking Water Lead Crises: How Scientists and Engineers Betrayed the Public Trust." Edwards has been working with Michigan officials and the citizens of Flint, Michigan to make their drinking water safe for consumption again. 

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Mark your calendars for 2017 Alumni Events!

Donald L. Katz Lectureship
March 15-16, 2017
Paula Hammond, MIT
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Xplore Engineering

June 22-23, 2017
Alumni and the children (4th-7th grade) in their life have fun exploring engineering.
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Discover Engineering  July 27-28, 2014
This new summer program is for 8th-10th graders.
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Michigan Homecoming
October 27-28, 2017
Mark date on your calendars! 

Captions: ChE Alumni with children at 2016 Xplore Engineering
Top Photo (l/r): Scott Hine (BSE '89) and son, Marcus. Bottom Photo (l/r): SBrian Balchunas (BSE '94) & Eryn, Jennifer (Johnson) Princing (BSE '94) & Jenna,  Kristin Gross (BSE '94) & Henry Nicewick, Jen (Casteel) Carnine (BSE '94)& Ryan.

Recent Scholarship Endowments
Thank you for supporting our undergraduate students

Michelle Wu (BSE ChE '01), Melissa Wu and Brian Mount have endowed the Mount and Wu Families Scholarship. Learn more >

Kyle J. Vesevick (BSE ChE '13) of Houston has established the Kyle J. Vesevick Endowed Scholarship Fund. Learn more >

Thomas W. Gougeon (BS Chem '58, BSE ChE '58) has established the Gougeon Family Endowed Scholarship Fund.  Learn more > 


The race against Zika

Learn about Michigan Alumnus, Dick Schwartz (PhD '91), and his race against time to help mass produce a vaccine for the Zika virus when he was at the National Institute of Health as it threatens to become an epidemic in the United States.

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Mark Barteau panelist on On Point

Mark Barteau was a panelist for NPR's On Point on February 13 for a show titled "New Moves On American Wind Power," where the panel discussed wind, oil and the future of energy in America.

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Happen to catch Professor Thompson on PBS' Nova?

Levi Thompson and others from the U-M's Battery Lab were featured on the February 1 show. 

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Meet Genesis Lopez

See how this busy 3rd year student, the first generation in her family to go to college, came to Michigan 

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McKetta Scholarship Winner

Maggie Covello received a John J. McKetta Scholarship from AIChE in 2016. Covello, who is also pursuing an International Minor,  has served as an officer in AIChE, Omega Chi Epsilon, and Alpha Phi Omega. McKetta is an alumnus of the Department ( BSE '43, MS '44, PhD '46). 

Research Highlights
Coating method could improve temporary implants
A strategy for coating complicated surfaces with biodegradable polymers has been pioneered by a team of researchers led by Joerg Lahann.  It could enable coatings for implants that dissolve in the body, such as drugs to improve healing.

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Nanoshells: Potential catalysts and cradles of life

Nick Kotov and his team have found a way to coax simple, inorganic nanoparticles to spontaneously assemble into shells has been discovered, potentially paving the way for more efficient industrial chemical processing, gene delivery and clean-up of chemical contaminants in the environment 
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A crystal ball for crystal formation
With many hours on a supercomputer, Sharon Glotzer and colleagues are expanding their earlier simulations to explore important questions of how molecular particles assemble to form a crystalline unit and the factors that drive how that template grows and repeats uniformly. 

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More Faculty Honors

Lola Eniola-Adefeso has been elected to the College of Fellows at the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering  Learn more > 

Jim Wilkes has won the College of Engineering Edward Law Emeritus Outstanding Service Award for 2016-2017.   Learn more >

The American Chemical Society has announced that Nick Kotov will receive the 2017 ACS Award in Colloid Chemistry.  Learn more >  

Sharon Glotzer has been elected a Fellow of MRS in recognition of her groundbreaking work on "computational description of nanoparticle self-organization phenomena leading to new classes of advanced materials."  Learn more >  

Suljo Linic is the recipient of the 2017 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis from the North American Catalysis Society.  Learn more > 

Read about what your ChE friends have been up to lately 
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