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Tech Faculty to Participate in Kraft Lignin Forum

Verso QuinnesecSeveral Michigan Tech faculty members will be on hand this week at a forum in Iron Mountain to discuss the future of the paper industry.

The Kraft Lignin Innovation Forum takes place Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 11/12, 2017) at the Verso Quinnesec Mill, just outside of Iron Mountain.  The event is coordinated by the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute (MIFBI). Mark Rudnicki (SFRES), executive director of MIFBI, says the forum intends to bring researchers and companies from across Michigan, and beyond, to learn first hand the availability and opportunities surrounding residual black liquor from Michigan’s largest pulp producer.

Among the Tech faculty presenting are Rebecca Ong (ChE), David Shonnard (ChE), Michael Mullins (ChE), Xingeng Xie (SFRES) and Wen Zhou (ChE).

For more information and for a complete schedule of the conference, visit here.


Rebecca Ong and Newly Funded Bioenergy Research Centers

Rebecca G. Ong
Rebecca G. Ong

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Rebecca G. Ong is named in a proposal for the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. The center is one of four to receive part of the estimated $40 million in Department of Energy awards.

DOE SELECTS GREAT LAKES BIOENERGY RESEARCH CENTER FOR NEXT-PHASE FUNDING

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) for an additional five years of funding to develop sustainable alternatives to transportation fuels and products currently derived from petroleum. The past recipient of roughly $267 million in DOE funding, the GLBRC represents the largest federal grant ever awarded to UW–Madison.

Established by the Biological and Environmental Research program in DOE’s Office of Science in 2007, GLBRC is based at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Wisconsin Energy Institute and includes a major partnership with Michigan State University (MSU).

Read more at GLBRC News, by Krista Eastman.

Department of Energy Provides $40 Million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which will provide the scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy.

The centers—each led by a DOE National Laboratory or a top university—are designed to lay the scientific groundwork for a new bio-based economy that promises to yield a range of important new products and fuels derived directly from nonfood biomass. Initial funding for the four centers will total $40 million for FY 2018, with plans for a total of five years of funding.

Read more at DOE News.


Chemical Engineering Inducts Four into Distinguished Academy

Michigan Tech’s Department of Chemical Engineering inducted four members into the Distinguished Academy of Chemical Engineering. All of this year’s inductees are alumni of Michigan Tech.

The 2017 Inductees are:

R. Dyche Anderson
Presentation to R. Dyche Anderson (left)

R. Dyche Anderson is a native of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He received is BSChE in from Michigan Tech in 1981, where he was active in such organizations as Alpha Phi Omega and the AIChE student chapter. In 1996, Dyche was hired by Ford Motor Company to work on electric vehicle batteries and in 2008, he moved into research, taking lead of the newly established research group for battery controls in Ford Research & Advanced Engineering. His present position is Technical Expert for Battery Controls & Safety. This role also involves significant consulting with product teams on battery controls, battery systems, and diagnostics. Dyche is the recipient of Ford’s highest technical award, the Henry Ford Technology Award, for the development of model-based battery controls.

Glenn F. Lawrence
Presentation to Glenn F. Lawrence (right)

Glenn F. Lawrence earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1975. While at Michigan Tech, he was an active member of both the band / Pep band. Returning home to NJ after graduation, he achieved his goal to work for Merck & Co., a major pharmaceutical company. He held many challenging positions with increasing responsibilities at Merck & Co. within manufacturing and chemical and biologics /vaccine process engineering. In the early 1990’s, Mr. Lawrence was selected to lead the process design of a very promising drug (CRIXIVAN®) for the AIDS epidemic. Mr. Lawrence has retired from Merck & Co. after 37 years of service and now is with a life science consulting firm, advising large and emerging pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms. Glenn continues to stay connected with Michigan Tech by serving on the Industry Advisory Board of Chemical Engineers and was recently inducted into the Distinguished Academy of Chemical Engineers.

Mark M. Mleziva
Presentation to Mark M. Mleziva (left)

Mark M. Mleziva has worked in various research and operations roles at Kimberly-Clark Corporation for 25+ years contributing towards K-C’s vision to lead the World in Essentials for a Better Life. Mark earned a Michigan Tech Chemical Engineering bachelor degree in 1992, attained a Certificate in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2005, and is an alumni of University of Cambridge Business and the Environment Program from 2008. Most recently as Senior Research Manager responsible for leading longer range Corporate Research & Engineering Environmental Sustainable Technology programs, innovative sustainability focused research solutions were explored, developed, and commercialized. Mark served as Chair of the Michigan Tech Chemical Engineering Department External Advisory Board, participated on Michigan Tech’s Sustainable Futures Institute External Advisory Board, and was named liaison promoting important ongoing Kimberly-Clark and Michigan Tech partnership activities.

Scott Moffatt
Presentation to Scott A. Moffatt (right)

Scott Moffatt attended Michigan Tech from 1986 to 1993 where he earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering. Scott began his career as a metallurgical engineer in Mining Chemicals Research and Development for American Cyanamid/Cytec Industries, which was acquired by Solvay in 2015. Over the course of his 24-year career he has held different positions within Mining Chemicals R&D, Sales, and currently manages the global Research and Innovation Applications Technology Group within the Industrial Minerals business. Scott has worked in a wide range of applications in mineral processing plants and in approximately 20 countries, including regions such as Australia, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Ceremonies were held April 19, 2017, at the Miscowaubik Club in Calumet. Remarks were made by Komar Kawatra, Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, and Academy Member James Brozzo.

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James Brozzo
James Brozzo


Local ACS Chapter Hosts 2017 Student Research Symposium

ACS SRS RoomThe Upper Peninsula Local Section of the American Chemistry Society invites you to the 2017 Student Research Symposium. This year’s research symposium will be held on Northern Michigan’s campus within the atrium of the New Science Facility on Saturday, March 25. The event starts at 9:30 a.m.

The purpose of the event is to provide a venue for students to present their research in chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields. This symposium is an excellent opportunity for students, faculty and the community at large to learn about the interesting research being conducted in the UP. More details can be found online.

You can also check out our Facebook page for more information.

All are welcome. There is no charge to attend. RSVP here.

By Robert Handler, Chemical Engineering.


Caryn Heldt Featured in SWE People

Caryn Heldt
Caryn Heldt

The Society of Women Engineers highlighted the teaching and research efforts of Caryn Heldt (ChE) in their Winter 2017 issue of SWE Magazine.

RECOGNIZED FOR TEACHING AND RESEARCH

Caryn L. Heldt, Ph.D., associate professor of chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University, was named the recipient of the James and Lorna Mack Endowed Chair in Bioengineering. Her endowed chair is named for James Mack, a Michigan Tech alumnus and retired president and CEO of Cambex Corp., a developer of specialty chemicals. His company has successfully combined biology with engineering — especially in the rapidly emerging field of tissue engineering and cell therapy and the development of small molecule therapeutics.

Read more at SWE People.


Michigan Tech Partners in Department of Energy Research Institute

REMADEMichigan Technological University is one of 85 partners in a US Department of Energy-funded $70 million energy-saving project called the REMADE (Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions) Institute.

The project’s goal is to drive down the cost of technologies needed to reuse, recycle and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronic waste.  Ultimately REMADE hopes to achieve a 50 percent improvement in overall energy efficiency by 2027.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.


Vitamins and Tears Make the News

TearsTechCentury, an engineering and technology news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, reported on research into vitamins and tears, by Maryam Khaksari and Adrienne Minerick (ChemEng). Read the story here.

In the News

Vitamins in tears may be an alternative to invasive bloodwork demonstrated by research led by Adrienne Minerick (ChE, CoE) and Maryam Khaksari (ChE, ChARM Lab).

Several science news outlets covered the story including Fit Pregnancy and Baby, TechCentury and Counsel & Heal. A number of science blogs also picked up the story: Bioscience Technology, BioSpace, Bionity.com and ScienMag.

Several more science news outlets covered the story including a Q&A on MedicalResearch.com, Lab Manager Magazine, NutraIngredients and an article in the French magazine Parents and Italian magazine Corrierre. A number of science blogs picked up the story in Italian, English and French.


SFI Works with LanzaTech on DOE Awarded Facility

Digital Journal reported on a $4 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to LanzaTech to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3M gallons/year of low carbon jet and diesel fuels. Michigan Tech’s Sustainable Futures Institute will help them evaluate the environmental footprint of the fuel produced.

LanzaTech Awarded $4M from DOE for Low Carbon Jet & Diesel Demonstration Facility

CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwired – Dec 30, 2016) – Carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, has been selected by the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to receive a $4M award to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3M gallons/year of low carbon jet and diesel fuels.

Professor David Shonnard, Director, Sustainable Futures Institute, Michigan Technological University:

The Michigan Tech Sustainable Futures Institute is excited to continue our relationship with LanzaTech, helping them innovate and develop products that meet environmental goals in addition to technical and economic targets.

Read more at Digital Journal.