Tag: chemical

Honoring pioneers

John Brown and Rosemary Kopel Brown, ’57 chemical engineering and chemistry, respectively, were awarded honorary doctorates of science during spring graduation ceremonies in May. The Browns were among 3,653 university graduates, including 580 from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, that were awarded degrees during the five main graduation ceremonies in the spring. John retired…




Breath of fresh air

It was a beautiful spring day in 1980 when a chance visit to the Auburn University campus forever changed the course of Beverly Houston Banister’s life. As a student majoring in hospital administration at Southern Union State Community College, Banister was encouraged by a professor to attend an Auburn Engineering event since she was excelling…




53 Game-changers: Carlos Carrero

Carlos Carrero, assistant professor in chemical engineering, has been around the world and back again. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of the Andes in Venezuela and earned his doctoral degree in natural science from the Technical University of Berlin in Germany. Following completion of his doctorate, Carrero moved to…




It’s my job: Hema Ramsurn

Hema Ramsurn, ’13 chemical engineering University of Tulsa Assistant professor, chemical engineering From Mauritius to Auburn . . . My home is Mauritius, an 800-square-mile African island located in the Indian Ocean. I went to the only university there at that time to complete my bachelor’s in chemical and environmental engineering. I worked for one…




It’s my job: Jennifer Boice

Jennifer Boice, ’14 chemical engineering Process Development Engineer Albemarle Corp. Baton Rouge, Louisiana A day in the work life . . . working for a specialty chemicals company, I primarily focus on the development and scale up of processes in the plant. For example, I determine how to take a product, such as lithium and…




Into the lab: Chemical Engineering

James Radich, assistant professor of chemical engineering, is researching the interfaces between different nanomaterials. Technologies rarely use only one type of material, and understanding the interaction between nanomaterial interface, especially relating to sustainable energy systems, is the core focus of Radich’s research. Semiconductor nanomaterials capture sunlight and can convert it to electricity or chemical fuels….




Into the Lab: Chemical Engineering

It is said one hour of sunlight hitting the Earth can run the operations of mankind for one year, and Bruce Tatarchuk, Charles E. Gavin professor of chemical engineering and director of the Center for Microfibrous Materials Manufacturing, is ready to help harness that energy. Tatarchuk received an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) instrument from the…




Mighty fine fellows

Chris Bartel, Jacob Clary and Alex Roman, seniors in chemical engineering, as well as Zack Coker, a 2013 graduate in software engineering, have been named 2014 graduate research fellows by the National Science Foundation. Alex Wolff, a senior in aerospace engineering, received an honorable mention. The students, who were recognized for their demonstrated potential to…




Into the Lab: Chemical

Bill Josephson, chemical engineering lecturer, is using a mobile papermaking device designed and built in the department to teach local K-12 students how paper is made. He conducts several workshops a year for fourth-grade students at Wrights Mill Road elementary school in Auburn and 3- to 6-year-olds at the Children’s House, a local Montessori school….




Into the Lab: Chemical

Allan David, John W. Brown assistant professor in chemical engineering, is conducting research in “smart nanomaterials,” nanoparticles and nanocomposites that respond to changes in their environment. While David will explore a wide array of applications for “smart nanomaterials,” his primary focus will be biomedicine. One project, for example, will utilize multimodal imaging agents to improve…