Chemical Engineering Labs are Model for Laboratory Safety

On July 23 and 24th, four visitors from South Korea visited the Department of Chemical Engineering to meet with Daniel Crowl, Professor of Chemical engineering, David Caspary, Manager of Laboratory Facilities and Allen Niemi, Director of Occupational Safety and Health.  The purpose of the trip was to examine the department’s laboratory safety program.  They would like to use the chemical engineering program as a model for improvements in laboratory safety in South Korea.

The visitors included I. Park of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Y. Jo, S. Jung and D. Yang of the Korean Gas Safety Corporation.

The visitors will continue to work with the department on joint programs to the benefit of both.

An International Research Exchange Agreement already exists between Michigan Tech and the Korean Gas Safety Corporation.”

Research Project Receives Funding from General Motors

David R. Shonnard (Chemical Engineering), Susan T. Bagley (Biological Sciences), Heather Youngs (Biological Sciences) and Patricia Heiden (Chemistry) received $275,027 over two years from General Motors for “A Systems Approach to Improving Processing Efficiency of Forest Biomass for Co-Production of Biofuels and Biopolymers,” a multidisciplinary research project on producing biofuels/bioproducts from woody biomass.

Making a Difference Staff Awards

David Caspary, manager of laboratory facilities for the Department of Chemical Engineering, has earned the Unsung Hero award, which recognizes staff who are a quiet but steady presence in their department, demonstrate a willingness to fill in whenever needed, take initiative to solve problems and improve work situations without being prompted or consistently go above and beyond without fanfare. Caspary was a “driving force” in helping to develop the Unit Operation’s Process Simulation and Control Center at Michigan Tech and his “commitment to maintaining a great (and safe) educational experience.”

Security Foam Research

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Michigan Tech’s Center for Environmentally Benign Functional Materials and its Sustainable Futures Institute have been awarded $1.7 million to develop structural foams that could be used in security applications. The research is being conducted by principal investigator Ghatu Subhash of the MEEM department and Co-principal investigators Gerard Caneba and David Shonnard, both of the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Pavlis Gives $2 Million to Promote Technological Leadership at Michigan Tech

From Michigan Tech Today Sep 28, 2005

When Frank Pavlis graduated from Michigan Tech in 1938, he was the first in his family to make it through college, graduating at the top of his class with a BS in Chemical Engineering.

That education enabled his highly successful career, which began in 1940 at Air Products and Chemicals Inc., a Fortune 500 company. Retiring in 1980 as its vice president for international/world trade, Pavlis now is giving back. His $2 million gift to the university will give selected students the skills in technological leadership that formed the underpinning of his own career.