Tag: chemical engineering

Sour Power

Bruce Tatarchuk, who has long been recognized for his work in catalysis and microfiber technologies, is taking a new direction in his research that looks to bold frontiers in energy. His latest effort is literally taking place at the end of a long road – in the scrublands of Texas where oil and gas fields…




LAUNCHing commercialized research

Five Auburn Engineering researchers have been recognized for their research that could impact the economy of the state and region. The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development recently presented the researchers with funding from LAUNCH: The Fund for Research and Innovation to help move their research to the marketplace. Associate professor…




Not horsing around with healing

A collaborative research program involving Auburn Engineering and the College of Veterinary Medicine is developing a procedure to heal distal limb wounds in horses through stem cell therapy. Adequate blood flow to a wound is vital to the healing process. Horses tend to sustain severe cuts and other serious wounds in the distal area –…




Follow your heart

Jason Thompson knows the way to a person’s heart, and if there’s a problem with the major cardiac muscle that pumps life through our veins, he fixes it – cardiac stents, angiograms, arteriograms. These are only a few of the procedures he performs. The cardiologist has always considered himself a fixer, not only with medicine…




Goldwater Scholars

Sara Head and Jennifer Kaczmarek, seniors in chemical engineering, have been named Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, only two of 252 students nationwide. Head and Kaczmarek are researching ways to engineer materials to regenerate cardiac tissue under the direction of Elizabeth Lipke, associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Their research will better help scientists…




Celebrating commitment

Thanks to a generous gift to establish the Diaco and Angela Aviki Endowed Fund for Excellence in the Department of Chemical Engineering, the atrium in Ross Hall has been named the Aviki Family Atrium. This fund will benefit the educational needs of students, the research efforts of faculty and the technological advancements of engineering facilities….




Best of the best

Chemical engineering faculty members Robert Ashurst, Elizabeth Lipke and Jin Wang were selected from among educators nationwide to attend the 2014 Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium in Irvine, Calif. The two-and-a-half day event hosted faculty members from around the country to discuss innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines. The goal of the…




5 Minutes With… Steve Duke

After serving 17 years in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Steve Duke is eagerly embracing his new role as the college’s associate dean for academics. After graduating from Georgia Tech, and working in Texas, Duke moved to Illinois where he earned his master’s and doctorate in chemical engineering. He moved south again to chart a…




Into the Lab: Chemical

Jin Wang, Buddy Redd associate professor of chemical engineering, has been awarded a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant to examine and model cellular changes in yeast. The project, “An Integrated Systems Engineering Approach to the Modeling of Cellular Dynamics and Bioreactors,” will focus on studying and then modeling cellular changes from aerobic growth to anaerobic…




Into the Lab: Industrial and Systems

Jorge Valenzuela, department chair of industrial and systems engineering, is working with Jin Wang, Buddy Redd associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory to develop efficient computer algorithms that can improve the economics of electrical power systems by powering transmission lines on and off. Traditionally, transmission switching…