Jason Keith Receives $166,208 from the Department of Energy

Jason Keith has received $166,208, the first increment of a potential $375,000 three-year project, from the Department of Energy for “Hydrogen Education Curriculum Path at Michigan Technological University.”

Jason Keith, an associate professor of chemical engineering, researches fuel cells and explains them in simple language. To power a car, a Dagwood sandwich of fuel cells is required, he says. See Featured in ‘Fuel Cells in Your Future’ article Michigan Tech Research 2008 Pages 9-10

DOE Gives Fuel-Cell Materials Research Center $1.2 Million

Michigan Tech’s Center for Fundamental and Applied Research in Nanostructured and Lightweight Materials has just been awarded $1.23 million in continuing funding from the Department of Energy, bringing its total DOE support since 2004 to nearly $3 million.

The center had its genesis almost nine years ago, when Professor Michael Mullins (Chemical Engineering) was tapped to serve on a National Academy of Sciences review panel charged with evaluating America’s transportation energy needs for the 21st century. Super-clean hydrogen fuel cells seemed like a perfect alternative to greenhouse-gas producing internal combustion engines, but the panel identified some major shortfalls.

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Minors for Chemical Engineers…AND OTHERS!

Written by Dr. Faith Morrison, Associate Professor Chemical Engineering

Getting a minor in an academic subject is very common at universities and at Tech, but up until recently, there were no minors associated with MTU’s Department of Chemical Engineering. This is no longer the case since Tech ChemE inaugurated three minors in Fall 2004 in Polymer Science and Engineering, Minerals Processing, and Bioprocess Engineering. There are currently 17 stu-dents registered for the PSE minor, 25 for the Minerals minor, and 10 are signed up for the Bioprocess minor.

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New Research Center for Process Analysis and Diagnostics

The Chemical Engineering Department has long taken pride in training our undergraduate students to analyze chemical plants and processes in innovative ways. Our courses emphasize energy management, control strategies, and engineering design practices that lead to more efficient, safer, and more profitable processes. The term “process diagnostics” has been coined at MTU to encompass the critical thinking skills that lead to process improvements.

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Dow Corning Makes Major Contribution to Support Chemical Engineering Unit Operations Lab

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Michigan Tech’s Unit Operations Lab, a chemical processing facility located right on campus, will remain among the nation’s best, thanks to a significant donation from Dow Corning Corporation.

The lab provides chemical engineering students the latest industrial technology, giving them skills and experience that enable them to move seamlessly from the classroom to the workplace.

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