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CPM Wins 2015 Michigan Tech Design Expo Award

IMG_9685The Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise won 2nd Place in the 2015 Michigan Tech Design Expo.

Team Leader: Paul Hagadone, Chemical Engineering
Advisors: Tony Rogers and Sean Clancey, Chemical Engineering
Sponsors: AFI, BASF Corporation, City of Midland, nanoMAG, Razor Edge Systems, Wisconsin and Southern Railroad

Project Overview: CPM aims to exceed the expectations of company sponsors, improve the lives of consumers through innovation, and develop students into highly marketable professionals. The project goals for our team include improving runoff models to provide advanced flood warning in Midland, designing a kiln for cleaner charcoal production in Benin, using food waste as an alternative energy source at Michigan Tech, developing a water filtration system to cool industrial process streams, curing coatings at lower temperatures using catalysts, integrating hightech materials into athletic equipment, designing collapsible packaging for a large volume of liquid product, and conceiving and testing an innovative product idea from within CPM.

Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise at Design Expo
Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise at Design Expo
Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise at Design Expo
Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise at Design Expo
Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise at Design Expo
Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise at Design Expo

Mine Water Geothermal Project Wins Award

by Allison Mills
On April 11-13, a team of nine Michigan Tech students participated in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable Design Expo as a part of the P3 program for People, Prosperity and Planet in Washington DC. The team won the AIChE Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology P3 Award. This award was given to one of 40 teams by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Institute for Sustainability and SustainUS, a nonprofit organization of young people advancing sustainable development and youth empowerment in the United States. The award recognizes the team that has the most interdisciplinary and community engaged project that will have a significant impact on reducing resource use locally, regionally, nationally or globally and that can benefit youth.

The team also earned an Honorable Mention P3 Award from the EPA.

The team includes the following students and was mentored by Jay Meldrum (director of the Keweenaw Research Center) and Richelle Winkler (assistant professor in social sciences):
Edward Louie, MS environmental and energy policy
David Anna, BS mechanical engineering
Krista Blumberg, BS chemical engineering
Andrew Garrod, BS mechanical engineering
Melissa Michaelson, BS anthropology
Dana Savage, BS chemical engineering
Nicolette Slagle, MS environmental engineering sciences
Theresa Tran, BS science and technical communication
Kayla Warsko, BS chemical engineering

Chemical Engineering Convocation 2015

IMG_8187 (450x300)The Chemical Engineering department Convocation ytook place in the Memorial Union Ballroom on April 1, 2015. Dr. James H. Comfort, General Manager, Cloud Services, IBM Cloud Division provided the keynote address. Dr. Comfort, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1983 and Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988. The evening before, Dr. Comfort spoke at Fisher 135. The title was “Crafting a Career in Uncharted Waters: A Journey from Chemical Engineering to Cloud Computing and Back.”

Watch the video on Engineering Michigan Tech Channel on Vimeo Crafting a Career in Uncharted Waters: Dr. James H. Comfort

Many More Pictures in the Chemical Engineering 2015 Photo Gallery

Julia Zayan and Dr. James Comfort
Julia Zayan and Dr. James Comfort
Awards were presented for Prevent Accidents With Safety (PAWS) Awards: Megan Haechrel, Kristopher Kacynski, Kyle Lepeak, Eric Simon and Shannon Solden
Awards were presented for Prevent Accidents With Safety (PAWS) Awards: Megan Haechrel, Kristopher Kacynski, Kyle Lepeak, Eric Simon and Shannon Solden
Kimberly-Clark Communication Award: Megan Williams
Kimberly-Clark Communication Award: Megan Williams
Kimberly-Clark Professional Ethics Award:  Daniel LaForest
Kimberly-Clark Professional Ethics Award: Daniel LaForest
Dow Chemical Marriott W. Bredekamp Award: Paul Hagadone Jesse Johnson, Daniel LaForest and Stephanie Marshall
Dow Chemical Marriott W. Bredekamp Award: Paul Hagadone Jesse Johnson, Daniel LaForest and Stephanie Marshall
UOP Davis W. Hubbard Plant Design Team Award: Austin Gauthier, Ethan LeSage, Kaden Nesky and Danny Stawicki
UOP Davis W. Hubbard Plant Design Team Award: Austin Gauthier, Ethan LeSage, Kaden Nesky and Danny Stawicki
“Outstanding TA of the Year” Award: Danielle McDonald
“Outstanding TA of the Year” Award: Danielle McDonald
“Research Mentor of the Year” award: Caryn Heldt
“Research Mentor of the Year” award: Caryn Heldt
Teacher of the Year Award: Julie King
Teacher of the Year Award: Julie King

More Pictures in the Chemical Engineering 2015 Photo Gallery

Making a Difference Award Winners Recognized

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Several staff members were honored with Michigan Tech Staff Council Making a Difference Awards at an awards program in the MUB Wednesday.

Above and Beyond Award: David Caspary (ChemEng)
One of David’s nomination letters states that “David goes above and beyond every day to make sure that chemical engineering students get the best education possible, and that the department runs to benefit the students.” His primary role is to manage the world-class Process Simulation and Control Center. He runs Summer Youth Programs in the lab, serves on the Chemical Engineering Departmental Executive Committee and works closely with alumni. Continue reading

Chemical Engineering News Briefs

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Assistant Professor Caryn Heldt (ChE) has been awarded an Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship to conduct research at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio on graphene biosensors.

Adrienne Minerick has been invited to serve on the Chemical Engineering Education (CEE) Journal Publications Board. Her three-year appointment will begin Fall 2015. CEE is the premier archival journal for chemical engineering educators. Continue reading

Biotechnology Research Center Research Forum Awards

Maria Gencoglu
Maria Gencoglu
The Eleventh Annual Research Forum sponsored by the Biotechnology Research Center was held on Wednesday, Oct. 22, and Thursday, Oct. 23. Forty-one graduate and undergraduate students conducting research in life science, biotechnology, human health and related areas presented posters. Oral presentations were also given. Speakers included Jeremy Goldman (Bio Med), Ashutosh Tiwari (Chem), Hairong Wei (SFRES), Justin Segula (SFRES graduate student), Jingtuo Zhang (Chem graduate student) and Caleb Vogt (Bio Med undergrad student). Continue reading

Michigan Tech at AIChE Annual Meeting Atlanta

aicheCome and see how Michigan Tech is creating the future in Chemical Engineering at the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) Annual Meetiing in Atlanta Georgia on Monday November 17 at the Hilton Atlanta Room 306, from 7-9 p.m..
Come visit with our faculty over food & drinks, learn about our innnovative research,
our outstanding lab facilities, our undergraduate and graduate education, and how we are
creating the future.
Tne featured speaker will be Prof. David Shonnard, Director of the Sustainable Futures Institute.
Michigan Tech AIChE Atlanta

First Commercial Quantities of EPA-Approved Cellulosic Ethanol Sold–With a Little Help from Michigan Tech

drshonnardScientists and engineers—including several at Michigan Technological University—have been talking for years about biofuel, particularly cellulosic ethanol, which is fuel made from trees and other woody plants. The stumbling blocks have been huge and progress, slow. But the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuels Standard mandates that cellulosic ethanol be blended into gasoline for use in vehicles, so the need is immediate.

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Advanced Power Systems Research Center (APS LABS) Social Event

thumbThe Michigan Tech Advanced Power Systems Research Center (APS LABS) hosted an open house and tours of their new facilities along with the Michigan Tech First Friday Social for October 2014.

Laboratory tours and presentations were given by faculty, staff and graduate student researchers.
The guests saw research, outreach and educational initiatives in mobility, sustainable transportation, and energy. Continue reading

Black is the New Green: Biochar Beats Wood in Cook Stoves

image112833-horizIt’s one of the world’s biggest killers, leading to lung cancer, heart disease, and COPD, not to mention child pneumonia and low birth-weight babies. It affects billions of people. And if you think it’s tobacco, you are wrong, but understandably so. The smoke from wood-fired cook stoves in the developing world is a best-kept secret in the pantheon of unhealthy things we humans inflict upon ourselves. The solution is not simply a matter of telling women (for it is mostly women who cook) to find some other way to prepare the family meal. Alternatives to gathering your own wood are typically too expensive or simply nonexistent for subsistence farmers. However, that may soon change in the West African nation of Benin, thanks to a partnership between students at Michigan Technological University and the French firm AFI.
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