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Department of Chemical Engineering Newsletter  Fall | 2015
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Letter from the Chair
Unprecedented Times Call for Unprecedented Results

Dr Thomas WebsterThis has been an exciting season for us at Northeastern since our last newsletter!

I am pleased to report we continue to see unprecedented increases in our undergraduates interested in chemical engineering — now at our highest enrollments ever in the history of the university (149 freshmen). This places us among the top universities in the country for chemical engineering enrollments and is a testament to our faculty, alumni, and friends who continue to help us develop a curriculum that is challenging and exciting for students.

Our students continue to excel in all aspects of chemical engineering education, winning awards, impressing co-op employers, and presenting groundbreaking research at national and international conferences. Our faculty and graduate student population also continue to grow, doubling in number over the past three years. Our graduate students even run conferences at Northeastern, such as Biomaterials Days in February. Also, our annual Chemical Engineering Day will be back next year at Northeastern with a special Nobel Prize presentation on Feb. 24.

We continue to see great engagement from our alumni as we recently established our first annual Distinguished Chemical Engineering Alumni Speaker Series, featuring Rose Perkins on Nov. 13. So, please join us for these special events (and more) throughout the year. We would love to show you all that is new in Chemical Engineering at Northeastern!

Thomas J. Webster
Professor and Zafiropoulo Endowed Chair, Chemical Engineering
Rabinowitz and Harris
Jake Rabinowitz, ChE '16 (left) and Jordan Harris, ChE '17 (right)

Student Spotlight

Jake Rabinowitz, ChE '16 was nominated for the prestigious Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships. The Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships are among the most prestigious postgraduate awards in the world, and this year Northeastern University had the pleasure of nominating four applicants for these scholarships. Jake embodies the best aspects of a Northeastern education: academic excellence, consequential research, dedicated service to others, and an aspiration to apply his prodigious talents and skills to improving our world.

Congratulations to Jordan Harris, ChE '17, who came in second place at the Virtual AIChE Co-op and Summer Internship Presentation Competition on Sept. 24, 2015. Students were judged by practicing chemical engineers on their industrial experience and demonstrated application to chemical engineering.

Quad Technologies Launches Flagship Product

Shashi MurthyQuad Technologies, which was co-founded by ChE Professor Shashi Murthy with graduate students Sean Kevlahan, PhD’13, Adam Hatch, PhD’14, and Brian Plouffe, PhD’11, launched its flagship product for cell purification.

Quad Technologies went through the Health Science Entrepreneurs program and IDEA before winning prizes at the Rice Business Plan Competition and MassChallenge. Its technology was originally developed in Murthy’s lab as part of an NIH-funded project and Quad went through the licensing process with Northeastern’s Center for Research Innovation. » Read more

Chemical Engineering Awards

ChE Professor and Associate Vice Provost for Curriculum Katherine Ziemer was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Xiaohua Geng, PhD’17, was awarded a travel grant to the 228th Meeting of The Electrochemical Society in Phoenix. He presented his work, "Nanogaps Fabricated from Electrodeposited Fe-Ni-Co Nanowires," Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. The Electrochemical Society is a leading international society in the area of electrochemisry and electrochemical engineering.

Professor Elizabeth Podlaha-Murphy was elected as the next chair of the Electrodeposition Division of The Electrochemical Society, serving 2016–18. As part of this activity, she will be a board member of The Electrochemical Society, a leading international society in the field of electrochemical science and technology. She is also a member of The Electrodeposition Society's Ways and Means Committee, the Education Committee and chair of the Individual Membership Committee.

ChE Assistant Professor Edgar Goluch's group was featured in Chemistry World for their recent article on "Electrochemically monitoring the antibiotic susceptibility of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms." » Read more

ChE Assistant Professor Eno Ebong was awarded the prestigious NIH Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award for her research project on "Atheroprotective vs. Atherogenic Glycocalyx Mechanotransduction Mechanisms." The award to support this work comes with $650,000 in funding over a five-year period. » Read more

ChE Assistant Professor Nasim Annabi was invited to give a Nov. 2, 2016 talk on “Microengineered Hydrogels for Tissue Regeneration and Surgical Applications" at the Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Monterrey Mexico.

ECE and ChE Professor Vincent Harris is a recipient of the 2016 TMS Functional Materials Division Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award. This award recognizes an individual for research excellence in one or more areas related to electronic, magnetic, and photonic materials science.

The Art Zafiropoulo Chair and Professor, Thomas Webster, received the Wenzhou 580 award. Together, Associate Professor Ming Su and Webster received the Zhejian Province award. These were given to enhance collaborations with the Wenzhou Institute of Biomaterials and Engineering, which is part of the Wenzhou Medical University located in southeastern China. Professor Webster’s team’s projects will involve developing materials for the eye that reduce infection, sensors that can predict health problems as they start to treat them more effectively and earlier, and to start a new field of Picomedicine. The effort will also involve the exchange of students between Wenzhou and Northeastern. In total, the awards amount to $500,000 per year for the next five years.

Kevin Narang, Alex Colville, Jack McCullough, and Mike Galluzzo
enjoy a side trip to Athens while on the Global Exchange Program
at Spain's Universitat Rovira i Virgili.

Global Exchange Program Reaches Seven International Universities

The Art Zafiropoulo Chair and Professor, Thomas Webster, created the Global Exchange Program to combine the experiences of working abroad with research opportunities at other universities. Webster, who pioneered the use of nanotechnology for improving medical devices, knows the value of international research experiences for chemical engineering students: They expand students’ scientific and cultural perspectives, and provide insight into other countries’ regulatory and approval processes. Such insight could not only spark advances in research methodology on both sides of the ocean, but it could also give students an edge in knowing where to fast track biomedical products—a benefit for subsequent co-op and work placements » Read more
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