Lei Pan (ChemEng/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $159,999 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.
The project is entitled, “Collaborative Research: Bubble Impacting a Curved Surface: A Sustainable Way to Sanitize Produce.”
This is a potential three-year project.
By Sponsored Programs.
Cleaning practices using microbubbles have been proven to be a sustainable and environmentally benign sanitation method in a wide range of industrial applications. When a stream of bubbles impact and slide on a surface, contaminants on the surface can be removed due to the strong force generated by the bubbles.
Bubble-cleaning of agricultural produce like fruits and vegetables has not been studied extensively. Potentially, this method could be used to minimize cases of food poisoning affecting millions of people every year, since bubble streams could be used to remove and inactivate pathogenic microorganisms from produce surfaces.
This research project could lead to a novel technology for an environmentally benign sanitization process for raw fruits and vegetables. The method could even be applied to other technological processes such as semiconductor manufacturing.
Lei Pan is Principal Investigator on a project that has received a $293,614 research and development contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The project is entitled, “Temporal and Spatial Characterization of Respirable Coal Mine Dust Using Area Monitoring Devices and X-Ray CT.” This is a potential two-year project.
By Sponsored Programs.
Dr. Pradeep Agrawal presented this award to Summer Oley.
The Chair’s Award for Outstanding ChE Senior recognizes a particular student in the graduating class whose actions embody excellence. Excelling in academics is expected, but the recipient must also exhibit the traits of character, leadership, and service–to-others that are valued to the department.
Kimberly Clark Communication Award
Dr. John Sandell presented the award to Sarah Boyd.
This award recognizes the winner of the Award for Excellence in Communication from the Department of Chemical Engineering for the academic year.
Kimberly Clark Professional Ethics Award
Dr. John Sandell presented the award to Charlie Biyong.
This award recognizes a student who has exhibited exemplary ethics and admirable professional conduct during Plant Design and Unit Operations experiences, and throughout their academic career at Michigan Technological University.
Prevent Accidents with Safety (PAWS) Award
Dr. Julia King presented awards to James Sutton, Adam Schmidt, Noelle Eveland, and Sarah Boyd.
Dow Chemical Marriot W. Bredekamp Award
Dr. Julia King presented awards to Madison Paul, Nicholas Olson, Logan Piegols, Kayla Furmanski, and Robert Dupont.
This award recognizes outstanding technical skills in the laboratory, outstanding teamwork and professionalism, effective oral and written communication, and strong adherence to process safety practices as recognized by your peers and supported by the faculty of the department. This award is in memory of Dr. Mariott W. Bredekamp.
John Patton Senior Design Team Award—1st Place
Maggie Evans, Amelia Henrickson, Laura Nitz, Madison Peggs
John Patton Senior Design Team Award—2nd Place
Michael Verbeke, Andrew Watson, Missing: Zachary Oldenburg, Sam Root
John Patton Senior Design Team Award—3rd Place
William Otto, Keegan Kroening, Seth Kriz, Bailey Mohrenweiser
Professor of the Year
Dr. Jeana Collins
Research Mentors of the Year
Dr. Caryn Heldt, Dr. Faith Morrison, Dr. Timothy Eisele
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced more than $450,000 in funding for six Phase II student teams as part of the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grant program. These teams, made up of undergraduate and graduate students from across the country, are building upon their successes in Phase I of the P3 grant competition where they designed innovate solutions to real-world environmental and public health challenges. With Phase II funding, the teams will now further develop those projects and designs to ensure they can be sustainably implemented in the field.
Michigan Tech is a recipient for the project Separation and Recovery of Individual Components from the End-of-Life Lithium-Ion Batteries.
The principal investigator is Assistant Professor Lei Pan.
Lithium-ion battery technology has become a state-of-the-art energy storage solution for consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and renewable energy. Because these batteries are expected to last only 2-10 years, they will enter the waste stream after reaching the end of their life cycles. The objective of the phase II project is to scale up the Li-ion battery recycling process from the bench scale that has been completed in the phase I project to a small-scale production prototype.
This project will provide approximately five undergraduate research assistant positions to students of diverse background at Michigan Technological University. These students will gain hands-on experience and interact with industrial partners. In addition, undergraduate students will be given opportunities to attend national and local conferences to present their research. The team will develop a mini mobile lab for high-school and middle-school teachers to teach engineering in their classrooms.
NEW! NSF REU Program Summer 2019
“Interdisciplinary Application of Advanced Polymers for Engineering Innovation “
Dept. of Chemical & Biological Engineering at The University of Alabama
Lei Pan (ChE/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $48,154 research and development contract from Argonne National Laboratory.
The project is titled “Investigation to Separate Lithium-ion Battery Active Cathode Materials by Chemistry Using Froth Flotation.”
This is a 14-month project.
By Sponsored Programs.
I am writing to draw your attention to the Summer MAterials Research @ Tulane REU site at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA this coming Summer 2019. This multidisciplinary REU site provides material research experiences in the focus areas of Health, Energy, and the Environment. Seminars on graduate study, data analysis, and research communication will be provided as well. Students participating in this 10-week summer experience (May 28th, 2019 thru August 2nd, 2019) will receive a $5000 stipend, on campus housing, and a travel allowance.
To help advertise this new site we ask that you please print and post the flyer attached to this email on your bulletin board and send the flyer out to your sophomore and junior students. Interested students can learn more information on the REU site website (http://smartreu.tulane.edu/
Thank you for helping us spread the word about our REU site.
Prof. Hank Ashbaugh
SMART REU Director
|Summer MAterials Research @ Tulane (SMART) | Tulane University School of Science and Engineering|
Cleveland State University has two NSF-REU program that may be of interest to your undergraduate students. “Rehabilitation Engineering”, with details shown below. Please post or forward this information to interested students.
Rehabilitation Engineering at Cleveland State University
A Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
May 29 – August 7, 2019
If you are an undergraduate student interested in creating and using technology to transform the lives of people with disabilities, this program is for you. This is an opportunity to explore a career path that is meaningful and significant and touches lives. We are looking for students at all undergraduate levels majoring in engineering, computer science, or a related area. We especially encourage students with disabilities and students from underrepresented minority groups to apply.
You will be immersed in a community of undergraduate researchers, graduate students, engineering mentors, health care professionals, and, most importantly, people with disabilities. Together you will work on research projects to restore movement to people with paralyzed arms, develop new prosthetic legs, help improve balance in older adults, and explore the mechanics of injured joints. For ten weeks during the summer you will live at Cleveland State University and work in research labs at CSU and in hospitals in Cleveland.
· personal interaction with people with disabilities
· participation in cutting edge rehabilitation research
· membership in a supporting research community
· one on one mentoring
· help preparing for graduate school applications or a job search
· opportunity to travel to and present your research at an academic conference
· $5000 stipend
· free room and meal plan
· free travel to and from Cleveland
For more details please visit
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cleveland State University
1960 E 24th St., FH237
Cleveland, OH 44115
Joanne M. Belovich, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department
Fenn Hall 455
Cleveland State University
The Mississippi State University Chemical Engineering Department seeks applicants for an interdisciplinary NSF-supported summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in summer 2019. Students who have completed their freshman year of college and who have not yet graduated can participate Summer Research Program activities in Optoelectronic Materials. The selected students work on a research project under the direction of a faculty mentor in the Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. The students will have the opportunities to participate in professional development, social and outreach activities. Student participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, a housing and meal plan for ten weeks, and travel assistance.
We would appreciate you disseminating word about this opportunity. Students can find more details at the link below. Or they can contact the PIs directly.
Thank you for your assistance.
Bill B. Elmore, Ph.D., P.E.
Director & Deavenport Chair
Swalm School of Chemical Engineering
P.O. Box 9595
323 President’s Circle
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762
PH (662) 325-2480
FX (662) 325-2482