Northeastern University Department of Chemical Engineering April Newsletter
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Letter from the Chair
This month we celebrate our largest B.S. Chemical Engineering graduating class ever, at 93 students. This record number of students for us represents not only a national increasing interest in chemical engineering, but also high interest in our unique blend of experiential learning at Northeastern. Greater interest nationally in chemical engineering is resulting in doubling of many undergraduate enrollments, however, our program has tripled in undergraduate enrollment over the past four years. Our unique experiential learning environment provides many opportunities to "learn while doing", for example, numerous experiments in our growing Unit Ops labs, co-op rotations, research experiences as early as the freshman year, and our unique international research program. We are constantly engaging our students in active learning throughout our curriculum. Please enjoy this special graduation issue of our Newsletter and wish our recent graduates well as they enter the next phase of their life!


Thomas Webster
Professor and Department Chair, Chemical Engineering
Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering

Chemical Engineering Announces Process Safety Graduate Certificate at GCPS Conference
The Department of Chemical Engineering announced a graduate certificate in process safety engineering at Global Congress of Process Safety (GCPS) in Houston, TX. Professor Ronald Willey has partnered with Dr. Georges Melhem, triple chemical engineering degree NU recipient, and President of ioMosaic, to create an online program that provides young engineers the opportunity to specialize in process safety engineering.

 In early April, Jan Vanselow, ChE ‘85 MS, and Northeastern Co-op Coordinator greeted GCPS attendees at a booth in the exhibit hall.
Faculty Organized Upcoming
Northeastern Biomaterials Day 
Thursday June 30, 2016
Curry Student Center Ballroom and McLeod Suites
Submit abstracts by May 15

Micro-and Nanotechnologies for Medicine: Emerging Frontiers and Applications 
July 25- 29, 2016
65 Landsdowne St, Cambridge, MA

ChemE Students Amaze at RISE: 2016

On April 7, over 900 student and faculty presenters displayed their innovative research projects in the Cabot Cage to a mixture of judges, industry experts, and attendees. Chemical Engineering was well represented at the expo with over 20 students standing by their posters. For many students, it was their first time participating in the RISE competition, which uses research to fuel innovation and entrepreneurial spirit

Community and Celebration at Chemical Engineering Awards Ceremony

The annual Chemical Engineering Awards Ceremony was held in Alumni Center. With awards for undergraduate and graduate students (as well as faculty and alumni), it was an exciting evening. Distinguished guests Mr. Michael Morris and Dr. Richard H. Sioui presented the “Nabil Morris Award” and “Dr. R.H. Sioui Award for Excellence in Teaching”, respectively. Gary Broberg, alumnus and IAB member kindly donated a delicious Northeastern theme cake! Thomas Webster, Professor and Department Chair, Chemical Engineering and Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering, started the evening with a warm welcome and celebrated the recent accomplishments in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Professor Ebong, Professor Goluch, Professor Landherr, and Dr. Pfluger led the ceremony and presented over 150 national, university, and departmental awards..  Read more…
Distinguished Alumni Award: Mr. Gary Broberg
Dick Sioui Teaching Award: Ms. Tracy Carter
Nabil Morris Award:  Mr. Jacob Vergara
Jeffrey R. Pierce Award: Mr. Thomas Nigl
Omega Chi Epsilon Faculty Member of the Year: Dr. Lucas Landherr
Compass Award Winner: Mr. Caleb Donnelly
Capstone Design Mentor Award: Ms. Kristen Talbot

Engineering Teams Present Capstone Design Presentations

On April 20, faculty, staff, and students came together to celebrate the largest undergraduate class ever, at 93 students. During the day, attendees watched the innovative student group presentations from the course called Process Design (CHME 4703). With a combination of entrepreneurship, engineering, and public speaking, alumni often mention that Capstone presentations are their favorite memory of Northeastern. The Department of Chemical Engineering is grateful for the support of the IAB members, faculty, research institutions, and alumni who volunteered their time and served as mentors to the student teams. Read more...
Recent Publications
Reaction Mechanism Generator: automatic construction of chemical kinetic mechanisms
By: Gao, Connie W; West, Richard H
COMPUTER PHYSICS COMMUNICATIONS Volume 203,Pages 212–225 Published: JUN 2016

Preparation and characterization of biodegradable nano hydroxyapatite-bacterial cellulose composites with well-defined honeycomb pore arrays for bone tissue engineering applications
By: Favi, Pelagie Marlene; Ospina, Sandra Patricia; Kachole, Mukta; Webster, Thomas Jay 
CELLULOSE  Volume: 23   Issue: 2   Pages: 1263-1282   Published: APR 2016
Review of recent research on biomedical applications of electrospun polymer nanofibers for improved wound healing
By: Hassiba, Alaa J.; El Zowalaty, Mohamed E.; Nasrallah, Gheyath K.; Webster, Thomas Jay
NANOMEDICINE  Volume: 11   Issue: 6   Pages: 715-737   Published: MAR 2016

Heat Exchangers By Shepherd, Dante * (w) and Lubchansky, Matt. (p). [8 1/2" X 11" comic. Pages: 1-6] Published 2016

Fugacity  By Shepherd, Dante * (w) and Cooke, Joan. (p). [8 1/2" X 11" comic. Pages: 1-10.] Published 2016
* - All articles listed here are independently published science comics for educational distribution. Note that Dante Shepherd is the pseudonym for creative work for Lucas James Landherr.

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