Chemical Engineering

Past News Items

Past News Items

Professor Seo Receives Grant 
September 9, 2016 
Professor Youngwoo Seo (joint appointment with Civil and Environmental Engineering) received funding from the National Science Foundation to support his work on "Engineering Biofilm Dynamics for Cyanotoxins in Biological Water Treatment." This project seeks to understand how biofilm dynamics can be engineered in biological drinking water treatment for cyanobacterial toxin removal. 

Alum Accepts Position at Case Western Reserve University 
September 9, 2016 
Dr. Burcu (Eksioglu) Gurkan, a 2004 MS graduate and Best Master Thesis Award recipient, has accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at Case Western Reserve University. While at UT, she worked with Dr. Arun Nadarajah. Subsequently, Dr. Gurkan received a PhD from University of Notre Dame and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at MIT and University of Akron. Her research interests are energy storage and electrochemical separation processes. 

perez-davisAlum Selected as NASA Glenn Deputy Director 
August 31, 2016 
UT COE Alum Marla Perez-Davis, M.S. in Chemical Engineering '87, will combine her experience in the areas of aeronautics, business management and safety assurance with excellent leadership capabilities as NASA Glenn Research Center's next deputy director. Congrats, Marla! 

Students Work in El Salvador Makes UT News 
August 21, 2016 
The nearly year long efforts of Lisa Young, Alison Haas, Kylee Kramer, and Kayla Piezer (Env. Eng.) to construct and install a water treatment system were reported in the UT News. Click here to read more. 

Professor Yakov Lapitsky Receives Two Awards 
April 22, 2016 
This semester, Prof. Yakov Lapitsky has received two research awards: 1) College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award and 2) Eleni and Evangelos Theodosiou Sigma Xi Young Investigator Research Award. The awards were given in recognition of his work on creating novel soft materials through non-covalent interaction mediated self-assembly. Professor Carol Stepien presents the Sigma Xi award in the photo. Congratulations Prof. Lapitsky! 

AIChE Student Chapter Places 2nd in ChemE Jeopardy 
April 18, 2016 
Congratulations to the ChemE Jeopardy team consisting of Allan Leoffler (Captain), Christopher Hinckley, Kaleb Eisel, and Natalie Schulte for placing second at the North Central AIChE Student Chapter Conference! They beat Rose-Hulman, Michigan, and Notre Dame along the way. The meeting was held April 15-17, 2016. Toledo will host the meeting in 2019. 

Graduate Students Attend International Student Dinner 
April 11, 2016 

Several CHEE graduate students attended the International Student Dinner Saturday April 9. It was a well attended event! 

Students Seek Support for Installation of Drinking Water Unit 
March 16, 2016 

Alison Haas, Kylee Kramer, Kayla Piezer, and Lisa Young will travel with Professor Lipscomb to El Salvador to install a water purification unit that they built in their Orientation class for Clean Water for the World. The students kindly ask the UT chemical engineering community for financial support of their trip by donating through gofundme. They are excited about helping a community have better access to potable water with your help! 

Crissy Reno named Alfred & Isabel Bader Scholar 
March 4, 2016 
Congratulations to Cristin (Crissy) Reno for being named an Alfred & Isabel Bader Scholar. A graduate of Sylvania Southview High School and freshman Chemical Engineering student, she worked with Chemistry Professor Jianglong Zhu on a project entitled "Stereoselective Synthesis of S-linked 2-Deoxy Glycosides". 

Professor Varanasi and Colleagues Receive Patent 
February 25, 2016 

Professor Sasidhar Varanasi with colleagues Professor Patty Relue (Bioengineering) and graduate student Bin Li have received a patent for their work to convert aldose isomers of C5 and C6 sugars to the ketose form and to purify them. This work has significant potential to improve processes for conversion of biomass to valued added fuels and materials. Congratulations! 

Michelle Patania Wins on Wheel of Fortune 
January 15, 2016 
BS graduate and current MS student Michelle Patania won big on Wheel of Fortune. Congratulations Michelle!


Chanda Raine Recognized as a Shining Star 
January 14, 2016 
Chanda Raine is the recipient of a University of Toledo Shining Star Award. She was recognized for her outstanding service as Department Associate Director of Academic Services.


Seniors Receive College Awards 
December 19, 2015 
Four seniors were honored at the Fall 2015 Commencement with awards given in recognition of their accomplishments. From top to bottom they are: Scott Grekowicz, Senior Scholar; Jared Dupes, Outstanding Student Leader Award; Lucy Hosenfeld, Outstanding Senior for Campus and Community Contributions; Erin Gordon, College of Engineering Pride Award.





Seniors Display Musical Talent 
December 4, 2015 
Our 2015-16 senior class possesses some serious musical talent. Watch this very cool video that they put together about their time at UT and the friends and memories that were made!


CHEE Welcome Three New Faculty 
September 1, 2015 
 Please help us welcome three new faculty members (from left to right): Ana Alba-Rubio, Matthew Liberatore, and Thihal Ponnaiyan.

Prof. Alba-Rubio joins us from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she was a Post-doctoral fellow. She possesses a PhD in Heterogeneous Catalysis from the University of Madrid (Spain) and BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Malaga (Spain).

Prof. Liberatore joins from Colorado School of Mines where he was an Associate Professor. He possesses a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois and was a Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Delaware.

Prof. Ponnaiyan worked with Profs. Varanasi and Schall on his doctoral dissertation. He possesses a BTech in Chemical Engineering from Anna University (India), an MBA from Cardiff University (UK) and an MS in Advanced Chemical Engineering from Imperial College (UK). 

Jacob Beakas Receives AIChE Freshman Recognition Award 
September 1, 2015 
Congratulations to Jake Beakas for receiving the Freshman Recognition award given in recognition of being the most active freshman in the UT AIChE student chapter. The award includes free registration to the Annual Student Conference, partial reimbursement of travel expenses to the Annual Student Conference, and a Certificate of Recognition as well as recognition on the AIChE web site. 

Zachary Holtzapple Receives AIChE Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award
September 1, 2015 
Congratulations to Zach Holtzapple for receiving the Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award given in recognition of attaining the highest scholastic grade-point average during the freshman and sophomore years. The award includes free registration to the Annual Student Conference, partial reimbursement of travel expenses to the Annual Student Conference, and a Certificate of Recognition as well as recognition on the AIChE web site. 

Dr. Schall Named Graduate Council Vice Chair 
May 6, 2015 
Professor Connie Schall was elected Vice Chair of the Graduate Council for 2016. She will ascend to the Chair position in 2017. Congratulations Dr. Schall. 

Alessandra Krusciel Named ISA VP 
May 5, 2015 
Alessandra Krusciel was elected Vice President (VP) of the UT International Student Association (ISA) for 2015-16. She joined our department in fall 2014 as part of an exchange program with Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul. Congratulations Alessandra. 

AIChE Helps Students to Walk on Water 
April 27, 2015 
The UT AIChE student chapter assisted with the Non-Newtonian Fluid Walk. The event was sponsored by Marathon Petroleum Company and held in the Engineering courtyard. Students also had the opportunity to talk with Marathon representatives about co-op positions. 

Dr. Seo Sigma Xi Young Investigator Recipient 
April 23, 2015 
Dr. Youngwoo Seo, professor in The University of Toledo Chemical & Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering Departments, is the recipient of the Eleni and Evangelos Theodosious Sigma Xi Young Investigator Research Award. Congrats, Dr. Seo! 

AIChE Walks Away with Honors at Water Event 
April 20, 2015 
Congratulations to UT's American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) chapter for taking home the trophy yesterday at the UT Walk for Water event! AIChE received the top honor for "Most Water Carried" and "Most Money Raised". Walkers carried jugs filled with water during the 5K to simulate the work women and children in developing countries do every day to obtain water. AIChE members also raised over $2,000 which will assist the group, Clean Water for the World, in their efforts to provide water purification units at no cost to local communities in developing countries. 

Professor Lipscomb University of Bologna Senior Visiting Fellowship Recipient 
April 9, 2015 
Professor Glenn Lipscomb has received a Senior Visiting Fellowship from the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Bologna, the oldest university in Europe. The Fellowship will allow him to pursue collaborative research opportunities with University faculty this summer. Congratulations Professor Lipscomb! 

Professor Varanasi Receives University of Toledo Outstanding Faculty Research Award 
April 3, 2015 
Professor Sasidhar Varanasi is a recipient of the 2015 University of Toledo Outstanding Faculty Research Award. The highest award given by the University for research, it recognizes his work on the conversion of biomass to fuels and other products as well as his exemplary record of service and mentorship for students and faculty. Congratulations Professor Varanasi. 

Professor Viamajala Receives Grant for Algae Research 
April 1, 2015 
Congratulations to Professor Viamajala for receipt of a grant to improve the production of fuels and products from algae. See the article in the Toledo Blade

Professor Escobar Receives Rathun Outreach and Engagement Award 
March 27, 2015 
Congratulations to Professor Escobar for receipt of the 2015 Edith Rathbun Outreach and Engagement Excellence Award! 

Professor Viamajala Receives College Excellence in Research Award 
March 20, 2015 
Congratulations to Professor Viamajala for receipt of the 2015 College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award! 

Professor Lapitsky Receives College Excellence in Supervision of UG Research Award 
March 20, 2015 
Congratulations to Professor Lapitsky for receipt of the 2015 College of Engineering Excellence in Supervision of Undergraduate Research Award! 

AIChE ChemE Car Team Qualifies for Nationals 
March 2, 2015 
Congratulations to our AIChE Student Chapter ChemE Car Team for taking fourth place at the North Central Student Regional Conference held on the campus of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2015. The team qualifies for participation in the national competition for the third straight year. Next stop Salt Lake City! 

AIChE Award Received by Professor Kim 
January 27, 2015 
AIChE has awarded Professor Dong Shik Kim a Project Connect Award to support activities of the Toledo AIChE Section. Congratulations! 

Professor Escobar Elected NAMS VP 
January 22, 2015 
Professor Isabel Escobar was elected incoming Vice President of the North American Membrane Society. After her service as VP for one year, she will become President in the subseqent year. Congratulations! 

Lisa Kingsolver Receives Award 
December 20, 2014 
Congratulations to Lisa Kingsolver for receipt of the Engineering Pride Award at the Fall 2014 Commencement! 

Davy Ertle Receives Awards 
December 20, 2014 
Congratulations to Davy Ertle for receipt of the Outstanding Senior Scholar and Student Leader Awards at the Fall 2014 Commencement! 

Stephanie (Stone) Schlitter Memorial Scholarship Established 
December 16, 2014 
The Department would like to announce establishment of the Stephanie (Stone) Schlitter Memorial Scholarship. A 2010 graduate, Stephanie led numerous service activities for the Department and was recognized for her outstanding student leadership. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on their volunteer service contributions. If you would like to donate to the fund, please click the "Make a Gift" button to the left, search the fund list for "Chemical and Environmental Engineering Progress Fund", and add a comment indicating the gift is for the Schlitter Memorial Scholarship. 

Dean LeBlanc V. The Gingerbread Man 
December 16, 2014 
Dean Steve LeBlanc once again won his annual competition with the Gingerbread man at the Department Holiday Party. Mr. Gingerbread was clearly the first to lose his head! 

AIChE Student Chapter ChemE Car Team Places 3rd at Nationals 
November 25, 2014 
The University of Toledo AIChE Student Chapter ChemE Car Team placed third at the national competition held Sunday November 16, 2014 in Atlanta GA as part of the Annual AIChE Meeting. The five-person car team led by Scott Grekowicz was able to stop their car within 9 cm of the target distance of 26 m. Read more in the business section of the November 25, 2014 edition of the Toledo Blade

AIChE Receives Three Clean Your Streams Awards 
October 1, 2014 
AIChE participated in the 18th Annual Clean Your Streams river clean-up event September 20. A group of 15 students pulled many bags of trash from Swan Creek including 8 shopping carts which required wading into the water. Their efforts earned them the First Place Award for Collegiate Awesome Effort, the Second Place Award for Collegiate Battle of the Bags, and the Third Place Award for Collegiate Most Volunteers - quite a haul. Congratulations AIChE! 

Experiments in Space 
September 30, 2014 
Dr. Schall's protein crystallization experiments were carried to the ISS aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule. This photo shows the capsule just prior to docking. 

Professor Schall's Research Launches to the ISS 
September 22, 2014 
Early September 21, protein crystallization experiments from UT took off from the Kennedy Space Center for the International Space Station, culminating a year of preparation. The research is led by Dr. Schall with co-investigators Drs. Ronning, Mueser, and Hanson as well as three graduate students, Steven Dajnowicz, Michael Banco, and Nandu Yanna. The experiments seek to produce neutron diffraction crystals and are supported by a grant from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). 

Students Receive AIChE Awards 
September 15, 2014 
Congratulations to Ryan Kremer for receipt of the AIChE Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award and to Alec Cielinski for receipt of the AIChE Outstanding Freshman Award! Both awards include complimentary registration and $50 travel allowance for attendance at the upcoming 2014 Annual Student Conference. 

Faculty Busy This Past Summer 
September 1, 2014 
Professor Kim taught a class in the Petroleum & Petrochemical College of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. He also spent 10 weeks at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton.

Professor Escobar was in the news as an expert on the water woes in Toledo due to elevated microcystins. A list is available on her web page.

Professor Lipscomb was a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore.

Ask your faculty about their experiences! 

Professor Lapitsky's Research on Langmuir's Cover 
July 8, 2014 
The latest work of Professor Lapitsky and graduate students Yan Huang and Patrick Lawrence on adhesive gels is featured on the July 8, 2014 cover of Langmuir. Congratulations! 

Professor Kim Invited to Thailand 
June 13, 2014 
Professor Dong-Shik Kim was invited to teach his Chemical Reaction Engineering course at the Petroleum & Petrochemical College of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. He will be busy this summer as he also plans to spend time at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton. 

Faculty Teach Workshops at NAMS 2014 
June 4, 2014 
Three Professors co-instructed workshops at the 2014 annual meeting of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS). Professor Coleman co-taught Polymeric and Inorganic Membrane Materials and Membrane Formation, Professor Escobar co-taught Membranes for Water Treatment, and Professor Lipscomb co-taught Membranes for Gas Separations.

Professor to Co-Organize International Membrane Meeting 
June 4, 2014 
Professor Glenn Lipscomb and Professor Ranil Wickramasinghe (University of Arkansas) will co-organize the 2017 International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes in San Francisco, CA. This triennial meeting is the largest global meeting of membranologists and is held every nine years in North America.

Dr. Nave Named PVAMU Provost 
May 16, 2014 
 Prof. Felecia McInnis Nave (PhD 2005) was selected Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Prairie View A&M University (read more here). Prof. Nave received her degree working with Professor Maria Coleman. Congratulations Dr. Nave!

Renee Norrils Receives Masters 
May 15, 2014 
 Renee Norrils (Department Secretary) received a master of liberal studies degree at the spring 2014 commencement. She is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Congratulations Renee!

First Selfie at College of Engineering Commencement 
May 7, 2014 
 Graduate Brian McGlown took the first ever selfie at the College of Engineering Commencement. Congrats to Brian and all of the Spring 2014 graduates.

AIChE Student Chapter Takes 2nd Place in ChemE Car Competition 
May 1, 2014 
 Congratulations to The University of Toledo AIChE Student Chapter for taking second place in the North Central Regional ChemE Car Competition! Videos of their two runs are available here: Run 1 and Run 2.

They are eligible to compete in the national competition at the AIChE Annual Meeting November 16-21, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.

You also may watch Sophomore Matthew Kurek describe car operation here.

Joe Montion Takes 2nd Place in Paper Competition 
May 1, 2014 
Congratulations to Junior Joseph P. Montion for taking second place in the North Central Regional Student Paper Competition! Joe presented his work with Professor Maria Coleman on polymeric ionic liquids.

Eduardo Diaz Appears on "The Relevant University" 
April 21, 2014 
Fall 2013 graduate Eduardo Diaz discusses his time post-graduation and the ongoing situation in his home country of Venezuela on "The Relevant University". Watch here.

Jordan Keefe Applies for Peace First Prize 
March 14, 2014 
You may view Jordan Keefe's application video for a $25,000 Peace First prize to support his Save the Feet non-profit here.

Jordan Keefe Receives Jefferson Award 
February 27, 2014 
Congratulations to ChemE senior Jordan Keefe for his recognition by the University of Toledo as a Jefferson Awards Champion Honoree. Jordan started his own non-profit organization in 2013 called 'Save the Feet'. As an award recipient, Jordan will be attending a recognition event in Washington DC. Click here view local news reports on the award.

Three Students Recognized at College Commencement 
December 14, 2013 
Three ChemE students were recognized for their accomplishments at the fall 2013 commencement: 1) Madison Herman received the Outstanding Student Leader Award, 2) Joanne Beckwith received the Outstanding Senior for College Contributions Award, and 3) Jordan Keefe received the Outstanding Senior for Campus and Community Contributions Award. Congratulations to all.

Kazem Ardakani Recipient of Phi Kappa Phi Award 
December 2, 2013 
Doctoral student Kazem Ardakani received Phi Kappa Phi's Award of Excellence in recognition of superior academic achievement.

Joanne Beckwith Named 2013-14 Tau Beta Pi Scholar 
October 25, 2013 
This past summer, Joanne Beckwith was named a Tau Beta Pi Scholar for 2013-14. Joanne is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society, and UT ballroom dance society. She plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry after graduation. The complete list of scholars is available here.

CHEE Student Speaks with President about Tutoring 
October 11, 2013 
CHEE student Meri Mullins speaks with President Jacobs about her experiences as a tutor in the Learning Enhancement Center in the October 11 edition of The President's Message. The video is available here.

Professor Escobar Interviewed by AIChE 
September 24, 2013 
Professor Escobar was interviewed for AIChE's Women in Chemical Technology series. You may hear her interview and that of the other women in the series here.

Asapu Wins Poster Competition 
September 24, 2013 


Congratulations to Sunitha Asapu, PhD candidate in Chemical & Environmental Engineering, who won the Ohio Section American Water Works Association 2013 Annual Student Poster Competition. Pictured with Sunitha are organizers of the student poster competition.

Zalesak and Rice Receive AIChE Awards 
September 19, 2013 
Congratulations to Cory Zalesak for receipt of the 2012-13 AIChE Outstanding Freshman Award and Clayton Rice for receipt of the 2012-13 AIChE Sophomore Academic Excellence Award. Both awards cover the registration cost of the 2013 Annual Student Conference and provide a $50 travel allowance.

Professor Varanasi Receives Patent 
August 28, 2013 


Congratulations to Professor Varanasi for receipt of US Patent 8,507,232 entitled "Methods for Fermentation of Xylose and Hexose Sugars". Co-inventors include former CHEE graduate student Kripa Rao, current BIOE Professor Relue, and former BIOE graduate student Dawei Yuan.

Student Collects Shoes for Haiti 
August 1, 2013 
CHEE senior, Jordan Keefe, has collected more than 1,000 shoes for his non-profit, Save the Feet to distribute in Haiti. Way to go Jordan! Read more here.

Professor Escobar Named Editor of IDA Journal 
July 23, 2013 
Professor Escobar has been appointed editor-in-chief of the International Desalination Association (IDA) Journal of Desalination & Water Reuse. Read more about the Journal and Professor Escobar's appointment here.

CHEE Students Featured in hiVelocity 
July 12, 2013 
CHEE alum, Joe Trimble, and current CHEE student, Elyssa Knotts were featured in a recent article on Ohio co-ops and interns published by hiVelocity. Both Joe and Elyssa co-oped at ABB in Wickliffe, OH. The article is available here.

Professors Kim and Lapitsky Awarded Research Funding 
June 17, 2013 
Congratulations to Professor Kim for receiving two awards and to Professor Lapitsky for receiving one award from the 2013 Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund! The press release is available here.

Professor Escobar Hosts STEM Panels 
May 2, 2013 
Dr. Escobar moderated two panel discussions with UT professors and students on opportunities and careers related to STEM. The discussion were streamlined live to local K-12 schools and are archived at

Professor Lipscomb Receives University Outstanding Teacher Award 
April 24, 2013 
Congratulations to Dr. Glenn Lipscomb who was the recipient of a 2013 University of Toledo Outstanding Teacher Award! He was presented the award on April 22nd in a ceremony held in the Student Union.

Chanda Raine Receives College Outstanding Staff Award 
April 5, 2013 
On Friday, March 22, 2013 the College of Engineering presented Chanda Raine the 2013 College of Engineering Outstanding Staff Award during its annual Spring Honors Convocation. Congratulations Chanda!

Professor Dismukes Recognized for Service 
April 5, 2013 
Dr. John Dismukes was recognized at the Spring Honors Convocation for his years of service and dedication to the Chemical Engineering Department. Dr. Dismukes will be retiring at the end of the spring 2013 semester. Thank you and best wishes, Dr. Dismukes!

Omega Chi Epsilon Initiates 17 New Members 
April 24, 2013 


Congratulations to the new initiates of Omega Chi Epsilon: Abdullah al Albalushi, Joanne Beckwith, Erick Danyi, Kelsey Dudics, Patrik Eskandari, Timothy Frederici, Elyssa Knotts, Anthony Paul, Paxton Pickrell, Hannah Placzek, Jessica Roggenbuck, Alexander Rossi, Michael Sekerak, Troy Thompson, Adam Wierwille, Brittany Wilkewitz, Tom Wilkins. The Department is fortunate to have so many scholars who freely give their time to help others be successful.

AIChE Student Chapter Wins Car Competition 
March 25, 2013 
Congratulations to the AIChE Student Chapter for taking first place in the Chem-E Car Competition held March 23, 2013 during the AIChE North Central Student Regional Conference at the University of Cincinnati. The team will travel to San Francisco in November to represent the North Central Region at the AIChE National Student Conference as part of the 2013 AIChE Annual Meeting.

Prof. Coleman and OI Collaborate 
February 25, 2013 
Owens-Illinois Inc. and The University of Toledo College of Engineering have signed a three-year agreement that will enhance research at the company's new R&D Collaboration Center. UT will contribute state-of-the-art equipment to the effort as well as graduate student support under the supervison of Professor Maria Coleman. Click here to access the UT News article.

Prof. Escobar Visits Abu Dhabi 
February 13, 2013 
As part of a team from UT, Professor Isabel Escobar attended the World Future Energy Summit and discussed her research with governmental representatives in Abu Dhabi. Click on the image to access the UT News article.

Algae Research Reported in Columbus Dispatch 
February 5, 2013 
The work of Professors Viamajala and Varanasi to develop bioproducts from algae was highlighted in the Columbus Dispatch. Please click here to read more.

Biomass Research in the News 
February 1, 2013 
Read more about the the efforts of Professors Schall, Viamajala, and Varanasi to "Unwrap Biomass" on the The University of Toledo Research Enterprise web site.

URS Seeks Process Engineer 
January 31, 2013 
URS Corporation is seeking a Process Engineer to be based in Oregon, OH. Interested Candidates may apply to to EC75507. Minimum Requirements: BS ChE, Less than 12 months experience, US Citizen or Permanent Resident. Preferred Qualifications: FE, Familiar with Aspen, Hysis, Arrow, and/or Fathom, Previous internship with URS Corporation

Professor Lipscomb talks light bulbs with fourth-graders at Monroe's Sodt Elementary School 
November 29, 2012 
Fourth-graders at Sodt Elementary learned about the types of light bulbs available and relative merits of each at a series of presentations given by Professor Lipscomb. The story is reported by the Monroe Evening News here. Be sure to view all of the photos - the looks on the children's faces (and Professor Lipscomb's) are priceless.

Work of Professors Viamajala and Varanasi Featured in Toledo Blade 
November 19, 2012 
The work of Professors Viamajala and Varanasi on growth and conversion of algae into fuels and materials was reported in the Toledo Blade. You may read the article here.

Professor Lipscomb Receives Student Impact Award 
November 6, 2012 
Congratulations to Professor Lipscomb who was selected to receive a 2012 Student Impact Award! Winners were selected based on nominations highlighting ways that faculty and staff have positively influenced students through enthusiasm, knowledge, dedication and creativity. The Provost's announcement is available here.

Corey Durbin and Chinonso Agubosim Featured in Print Ads 
November 1, 2012 
Alumni Chinonso "Best" Agubosim and Corey Durbin represent UT in recent print ads for the fall 2012 campus preview days. Corey is a process engineer with Toledo Refinery and Best is a process engineer with BP. Both completed four co-ops with their current employer and Best is purusing an MBA at UT. Click on the images to view a larger version.

Kazem Majdzadeh Ardakani Receives Fellowship 
September 27, 2012 
Kazem Majdzadeh Ardakani, a doctoral student working with Professor Jabarin, received a University of Toledo Fellowship Award. These awards are presented to entering or first year, Ph.D. students with exceptional academic records. It is the highest student award the College of Graduate studies offers and provides a stipend for the academic year.

Freshman Take Leadership Roles in FYRE 
September 14, 2012 
Several freshmen Chemical Engineering Students have taken leadership roles in the First Year Rocket Experience (FYRE) program:

  • Adam Fasnacht - President
  • Paxton Pickrell - Vice Chair of Fiscal Committee
  • Alexa Spudie - Vice Chair of Fiscal Committee
  • Troy Thompson - Chair of Signage Committee
  • Michael Padin - Chair of Special Events Committee

Chemical Engineering Students Provide EWB Leadership 
September 5, 2012 
Four Chemical Engineering students have taken leadership roles in Engineers Without Borders (EWB): Eduardo Diaz, Audrey Boback, Lisa Kingsolver, and Charlotte Ackerman. Students pictured are: Back Row - Eduardo Diaz: VP of Projects, Alejandro Vera: Treasurer, Adam Dellinger: President, Audrey Boback: VP of Membership, and Katie Burns: Public Relations Chairperson; Front Row - Lisa Kingsolver: Secretary and Charlotte Ackerman: Chief of Fundraising.

Professor Viamajala Leads Team Awarded $3 MM by DOE 
September 4, 2012 
Professors Sridhar Viamajala (Principal Investigator) and Sasidhar Varanasi (Co-Principal Investigator) lead a multi university-government-industry team consisting of Montana State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the City of Logan in Utah, and AlgEvolve (Montana) that received a $3 MM award from DOE for a project to evaluate the effectiveness of using and recycling the nutrients in waste water, including dairy and municipal wastes, to grow algae (UT News article). Congratulations!

Professors Viamajala and Varanasi Receive NSF Award 
July 13, 2012 
Professors Sridhar Viamajala and Sasidhar Varanasi along with Professor Kana Yamamoto (UT Chemistry) and colleagues at Montana State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a $2 MM award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP) Program to support their work on "Alkaliphilic microalgae-based sustainable & scalable processes for renewable fuels and products". Congratulations!

Professor Coleman Receives Grant 
June 25, 2012 
The Ohio Third Frontier Industrial Research and Development Center Program announced a $3 MM award to Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc. and The University of Toledo to create a global center for innovation in melting and forming glass within the O-I Global Research Center. Professor Maria Coleman will lead research efforts at UT.

Students Win Awards at NAMS 2012 
June 13, 2012 
Sunitha Asapu (left) received an Elias Klein Travel Award and Sneha Chede (right) won Honorable Mention in the Membrane Materials poster competition at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society. They carry on the long tradition of our students receiving awards at this prestigious meeting. They are pictured with their advisor Professor Escobar.

Professors Coleman and Lipscomb Conduct Workshops at NAMS 2012 
June 13, 2012 
Professor Maria Coleman co-taught a workshop on Polymeric and Inorganic Membrane Materials and Membrane Formation prior to the 2012 Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS). Professor Glenn Lipscomb co-taught a workshop on Membrane Gas Separations.

Professor Lipscomb Recognized at NAMS 2012 
June 13, 2012 
Professor Glenn Lipscomb received two recognitions during the 2012 Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS): one for his 11 years as NAMS Quarterly Editor and the other for his 8 years as Board Secretary.

Professor Kim and Students Present Research in Columbus
March 28, 2012
The results of a student research project advised by Professors Dong-Shik Kim and Steve LeBlanc from Chemical Engineering and Professor Defne Apul from Civil Engineering on the production of a biofuel solid from cow manure were presented in a poster at the Ohio State Capital building March 28, 2012. Students involved in the project include Jeremy Weir, Brad Bever, Melissa Seedorf, Alison Moscarillo, Rachael Lautzenheiser, and Kelly Irving from Chemical Engineering and Justin Batt from Civil Engineering. Professor Kim and Brad Bever (right) stand in front of the poster.

Professor Kim and Eric McDaniel Receive Air Force Summer Fellowships
March 24, 2012
Professor Dong-Shik Kim and his graduate student Eric McDaniel have been awarded Air Force Summer Fellowships for 2012. They will spend two months at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base working with Dr. Mark Goltz on biosensors.

Professor Lapitsky Receives Career Award
March 1, 2012
Professor Yakov Lapitsky was informed officially that he is the recipient of a prestigious Career Award. Career Awards are the most prestigious National Science Foundation awards given in support of junior faculty who have demonstrated the potential to become teacher-scholar role models through a combination of outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research with the University's mission. Congratulations Professor Lapitsky!

Professor Kim Teaches Chemical Reaction Engineering in Thailand
February 25, 2012
Professor Dong-Shik Kim celebrates with his students the conclusion of his course on Chemical Reaction Engineering at the Petroleum & Petrochemical College, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Welcome back Professor Kim!

Can You Run Faster than a Professor?
February 17, 2012
Professor Lipscomb challenges all CHEE students to participate in the upcoming EWB 5k race. For each student (up to ten!) who finishes ahead of him, Professor Lipscomb will donate $20 to EWB. (

Professor Lipscomb Named AIChE Fellow
February 17, 2012
Professor Glenn Lipscomb was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Professor Kim Invited Instructor
February 17, 2012
Professor Dong-Shik Kim is an invited instructor for a course on Chemical Reaction Engineering at the Petroleum & Petrochemical College, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Professors and Students Article Recognized
January 30, 2012
Professors Sasidhar Varanasi and Sridhar Viamajala along with Graduate Student Balakrishna Maddi recently published an article “Comparative study of pyrolysis of algal biomass from natural lake blooms with lignocellulosic biomass” that was selected for listing in the Renewable Energy Global Innovations Series. Renewable Energy Global Innovations alerts the scientific community to breaking journal articles considered to be of unusual importance to the renewable energy industry.

Professors and Students Awarded Biomass Pretreatment Patent
January 30, 2012
Professors Varanasi and Schall from Chemical Engineering, Professor Anderson from Chemistry, and former graduate students Ananth Dadi and Kripa Rao recently were awarded US Patent 8,030,030 entitled "Biomass Treatment" for their work on ionic liquid pretreatment processes. Co-inventors included Suganit colleagues Guneet Kumar and Praveen Paripati.

Professor Lipscomb Appointed to Calera Membrane Advisory Board
January 30, 2012
Professor Glenn Lipscomb was appointed to the Membrane Advisory Board for Calera Corporation. Calera, a clean energy startup located in Los Gatos California, has developed a pioneering technology, Mineralization via Aqueous Precipitation (MAP), for conversion of CO2 to a calcium carbonate cementitious material that may be used In the building industry.

Renee Norrils Appears in Ads
January 27, 2012
Renee Norrils appears in ads for the upcoming accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission. Click on the image for more information about the campaign.

Yu Shi Promoted
January 20, 2012
Dr. Yu Shi, a 1998 Doctoral graduate who worked with Professor Saleh Jabarin in the Polymer Institute, was promoted to World Wide Director of Early Research for Colgate-Palmolive. Congratulations Dr. Shi!

Sherry Ackerman - UT's newest blogger
January 25, 2012
Be sure to check out UT's newest blogger! CHEE's Sherry Ackerman is completing her 3rd co-op rotation at The University of Puerto Rico and will be updating us on her exciting work throughout the semester. Click on the image to read Sherry's blog.

Professor Escobar Runs in back-to-back Disney Half Marathons.
January 5, 2012
Professor Escobar was one of more than 25,000 runners who finished the Disney World Half Marathon, and continued along with nearly 5,000 of those participants, to complete the Goofy Race and Half Challenge. The marathons took place back to back!

Congratulations December 2011 Graduates
December 17, 2011
Congratulations to the Class of 2011! The photos show you how students change from their freshman to their senior year.

Professor Escobar Receives FRI/John G. Kunesh Award
September 29, 2011
Professor Isabel Escobar is the 2011 recipient of AIChE's FRI/John G. Kunesh Award from the Separations Division. The award is given to individuals under the age of 40 in recognition of outstanding contributions to the academic, scientific, technological, industrial, and service areas of separation technologies. Congratulations Dr. Escobar!

Ashkan Iranshahi Receives Offer From Air Liquide
September 29, 2011
Ashkan Iranshahi, Master's candidate, has received a job offer from Air Liquide. Ashkan plans to complete his research on novel static mixing spacers for spiral wound reverse osmosis modules and start his new position by the end of the year. Congratulations Ashkan!

Professor Kim Leads International Nano-Sensor Collaboration
September 7, 2011
Under the leadership of Professor Dong-Shik Kim, the University of Toledo, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), and Kwangwoon University have formed the Nano-STAR (Nano-Sensor Technology Advancement and Research) Center to develop research and education programs on nano-sensors and nano-materials, especially for contaminant detection. Read more here. Professor Kim recently published an article on nanotechnology for nerve agent detection with his AFIT colleagues.

Renee Norrils Receives BA Degree
June 9, 2011
We have another graduate! Renee Norrils graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor or arts in adult liberal studies in May. Her outstanding academic performance was recognized by membership in Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key International Honor Societies. She will continue her studies in the Master of Liberal Studies Program in the fall.

UT Team Runs Membrane Society Meeting
June 9, 2011
Congratulations to The UT team of Terry Lou, Xi Du, Ashkan Iranshahi, Rahul Patil, and Renee Norrils for running one of the most successful North American Membrane Society (NAMS) Meetings June 4-8, 2011 in Las Vegas!

Rick Hausman Receives Best Poster Award
June 7, 2011
Congratulations to Rick Hausman for receiving one of the first place student poster competition awards at the North American Membrane Society (NAMS) Meeting June 4-8, 2011 in Las Vegas!

Byungwook Park Receives Best Poster Award
June 4, 2011
Congratulations to Byungwook Park for receiving the best poster award at the 2011 US-Korea Joint Symposium of Nanotechnology (US-Korea JSNT) held in Gyeongju, South Korea, 1-3 June! The symposium was hosted and supported by the US Air Force.

Terry Lou Receives Travel Award
June 4, 2011
Congratulations to Terry Lou for receipt of a Klein Travel Award to support participation in the North American Membrane Society (NAMS) Meeting June 4-8, 2011 in Las Vegas!

Professor Schall to be Panelist on WGTE Town Hall
May 31, 2011
Professor Schall will be a panelist on an upcoming WGTE Town Hall meeting on Alternative Energy scheduled for taping June 16. More information on the meeting will be posted here when available.

Professors Varanasi and Lipscomb Discuss Oil on Roundtable with Jeff Smith
May 2, 2011
Professors Varanasi and Lipscomb discussed petroleum consumption and alternatives on Channel 13's Roundtable with Jeff Smith. You may view their conversation here.

Melissa Seedorf receives UWC Scholarship
May 1, 2011
Congratulations to Melissa Seedorf recipient of a University Women’s Commission scholarship! See the UT News story here.

Jim Burtnett-Grigsby receives Summer Research Grant
May 1, 2011
Congratulations to senior Jim Burtnett-Grigsby for winning an undergraduate summer research grant! Jim will be working with Dr. Kim on the project, "Evaluation of a Natural Polysaccharide as a Material for Alzheimer's Disease Intervention" this summer.

Thihal Ponnaiyan receives International Student of the Year Award
May 1, 2011
Congratulations to Thihal Ponnaiyan the recipient of The University of Toledo International Student of the Year Award for 2010-2011!

Dr. Viamajala to discuss Biofuels
Apr 5, 2011
Dr. Viamajala will discuss Biofuels Wed. April 13th at 7pm in the Field House, Room 2100. The event is sponsered by the American Chemical Society.

Dr. Coleman to discuss Sustainable Materials
Mar 20, 2011
Dr. Coleman will present "Towards Sustainable Materials: Developing Novel Bio-derived Polymers" at the ACS meeting March 31 at 7:00pm in Wolfe Hall, Room 1201.

Thihal Ponnaiyan takes 1st Place at Research Symposium
Mar 1, 2011
Congratulations to Thihal Ponnaiyan who took 1st prize at the UT Midwest Research Symposium!

Dr. Lipscomb to disucss Viability of Biofuels
Jan May 1, 2011
Dr. Glenn Lipscomb will present "Are Bio-Fuels Viable?" on Feb. 8th at 7pm in Wolfe Hall, Room 1201. Hope to see you there!

Stone, Knotts, and McDonald win Awards
Jan 12, 2011
Congratulations to Stephanie Stone, Melinda Knotts, and Shaun McDonald who were honored with College of Engineering awards at graduation on Saturday!
Outstanding Student Leader Award: Stephanie Stone
Outstanding Senior for College Contributions: Melinda Knotts
Outstanding Senior for Campus & Community Contributions: Shaun McDonald

ABET Surveys
Jan 12, 2011
ChEE Alumni! ABET requires us to monitor our alumni and their accomplishment of our educational objectives. Would you please help us evaluate accomplishment of these objectives by completing an alumni survey? We also request that your immediate supervisor complete an employer survey. Links to both are provided to the left. Thank you!

Sirhan Al-Batty Accepts Position with Jubail Industrial College
Dec 20, 2010
Sirhan Al-Batty (BS CHE, MS CHE) has accepted an instructor position in the Chemical Engineering Department of Jubail Industrial College in Al Jubayl Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. Congratulations Sirhan!

Professors Escobar and Lipscomb Help Lead NAMS
Dec 16, 2010
The UT News reports on the leadership provided by Professors Escobar and Lipscomb in the North American Membrane Society (NAMS). Both have organized multiple national meetings and served on the Board of Directors. Lipscomb has served as Vice-President and President. He currently is the Secretary and supervises operations of the office.

OXE Volunteers for Family Promise
Dec 16, 2010
Omega Chi Epsilon (OXE) volunteers and Professor Coleman helped cook and host a meal for the Family Promise recently. A big thank you goes out to everyone that participated!

ACES Champions Again
Dec 6, 2010
The Awesome Chemical Engineering Squad (ACES) has captured another indoor intramural soccer championship. Pictured in the team photo are from left to right in the back row: Justin McIntyre, Rick Hausman, Mike Flanagin, and Nima HakimeElahi from the Chemical Engineering department. From left to right in the front row are: Azeambeh Atemnkeng (Charles), Timothy Rolik, Xiaoru Wang, and Jinglong Liu. Jinglong also is from Chemical Engineering.

Professor Viamajala a New Dad!
Nov 17, 2010
Professor Viamajala and his wife welcomed a daughter, Vidula, to the world this past Saturday. The Department extends its best wishes to the family.

Dr. Mapkar Wins Award
Nov 17, 2010
We congratulate Dr. Javed Mapkar (2008 doctoral graduate who worked with Professor Coleman) and his team at Eaton for receipt of Eaton Vehicle Group's 2009-2010 Outstanding Technology Award. Dr. Mapkar's team introduced a new polymeric composite material that will increase the lifetime and reduce the maintenance of one of Eaton's auto components. Great work Javed!

Professor Kim Co-author of Hottest Chemical Engineering Article
Nov 2, 2010
Professor Dong-Shik Kim, former graduate student Brett Digman, and colleague Hyun Soo Joo are authors of one of the "Hottest Articles in Chemical Engineering" according to Wiley. The most recent list is available here where you will find a link to their article on "Recent progress in gasification/pyrolysis technologies for biomass conversion to energy".

Department Assists in Cleanup of Noffsinger Farm
Nov 1, 2010
Faculty, staff, and students from the Chemical Engineering Department assisted with the cleanup of the family farm of student Renae Noffsinger. The farm was hard hit by a tornado earlier in the week. Fortunately, no one was hurt and the family house was spared.

Student Receives Job Offer
Oct 15, 2010
Doctoral candidate Pingjiao Hao has received a job offer from Membrane Technology and Research, an industry leader in membrane gas separation technology. Congratulations Pingjiao!

Dr. Charles Balch Visits Campus
Oct 1, 2010
Dr. Charles Balch, the son of former faculty member and department chair Professor Clyde Balch, received the Gold T Award during homecoming. Dr. Balch and his wife Dr. Carol Balch generously have endowed the Balch scholarship for juniors and seniors in our department. Dr. Balch is pictured here (right) with John Szczucinski (middle), the most recent Balch scholar, and Professor Glenn Lipscomb.

AIChE Wins Clean Your Streams Awards
September 15, 2010
AIChE won two awards for their work during the 14th Annual Clean Your Streams on September 11th. Their amazing efforts led to receipt of the First Place award for the Collegiate Battle of the Bags AND the First Place award for Collegiate Awesome Effort. They bagged more trash than any other team (by the slim margin of a single bag) AND they bagged more per participant than any other team. Way to go AIChE!

Hessler Receives Best Student Presentation Award
August 31, 2010
Chris Hessler received the Best Student Presentation Award in the "Environmental Applications and Implications of Nanotechnology" symposium at the annual Fall ACS Meeting in Boston, MA. Professor Youngwoo Seo is Chris' faculty advisor.

Chemical Engineers Receive 2nd Highest Average Salary Among College Graduates
August 13, 2010
Forbes reports a survey from the National Association of College and Employers finds Chemical Engineering is the second highest salary major. Moreover, starting salaries increased slightly from 2009 to 2010 while salaries for most other majors decreased.

Chanda Filipek now Chanda Raine
August 2, 2010
The department wishes Chanda Raine (Filipek) the best upon her recent marriage and honeymoon. Welcome back!

Richard Hausman Wins Poster Competition Award
August 1, 2010
Rick Hausman was one of the student poster paper competition winners at the North American Membrane Society Meeting held July 17-22, 2010. Congratulations Rick!

Professor Viamajala Receives Algae Research Award
Jul 2, 2010
Professor Sridhar Viamajala and colleagues in collaboration with Ohio University and numerous industrial partners have received a $3 million grant from the Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects Program to construct The Center for Algal Engineering Research and Commercialization. The Center will house indoor and outdoor ponds for algae growth, enclosed photobioreactors, and pilot-scale downstream processing equipment to study the production of fuels and materials from algae. More information is available here.

Plugged-In Receives Emmy
Jul 2, 2010
Plugged-In, a partnership between The University of Toledo and WGTE Public Media, received an Emmy Award in the informational/instructional program series or special category June 19 from the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the organization. Shaun McDonald, a chemical engineering undergraduate, co-hosts the show. More information on the award is available here.

Students Receive Job Offers
Jul 2, 2010
Doctoral graduate Tilak Gullinkala and Masters candidate Akin Shittu have received job offers from Hydration Technology Innovations (HTI) and Cargill, respectively. Congratulations to both!

Professor Escobar Appointed Interim Assistant Dean of Research Development and Outreach
Jul 2, 2010
Professor Isabel Escobar has been appointed Interim Assistant Dean of Research Development and Outreach for the Engineering College. Welcome to the 5th floor!

Professor Varanasi Receives $1MM NSF Equipment Grant
Jun 15, 2010
Professor Sasidhar Varanasi and colleagues have received a $1MM equipment grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase a state-of-the-art Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer in support of their work on the conversion of biomass to fuels and materials.

Professor Poling Appointed Alternate Member of 2010-2011 ABET Commission
Jun 4, 2010
Professor Bruce Poling has been appointed an alternate member of the 2010-2011 ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) Engineering Accreditation Commission in recognition of his accreditation expertise and desire to help maintain the quality of the accreditation process. Congratulations Professor Poling!

Colleen Gorey Receives NAMS Travel Award
Jun 4, 2010
Colleen Gorey received a prestigious Travel Award to attend the 2010 meeting of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS) in Washington, DC and present her work on membrane modification. Congratulations Colleen!

Professors Schall and Escobar Promoted to Full Professor
Jun 4, 2010
Professors Connie Schall and Isabel Escobar received notification that the Board of Trustees has approved their promotion to the rank of Professor. Congratulations Professors!

Professor Escobar Visits 6th Grade Classroom
May 13, 2010 
Professors Isabel Escobar and Thomas Bridgeman (Environmental Sciences) visited the Ella P. Stewart Academy for Girls to discuss water use. Their presentations were shared via Skype with the Sol Plaatje Primary School in Mmabatho, South Africa. Read more in an article from the Toledo Blade here.

Sirhan Al-Batty and Steve Westenkirchner Recognized at Graduate Convocation
May 12, 2010 
Steve Westenkirchner received the Department Outstanding TA Award and Sirhan Al-Batty the Department Outstanding Masters Thesis Award at the graduate convocation. Congratulations Steve and Sirhan!

Professor Schall Receives 2010 Outstanding Researcher Award
May 10, 2010
Professor Connie Schall was named the 2010 College of Engineering Outstanding Researcher at the undergraduate convocation in recognition of pioneering work and leadership in the development of fuels and materials from biomass. Congratulations Professor Schall!

Professor Lapitsky Interviewed by Toledo Blade
May 8, 2010
Professor Yakov Lapitsky was interviewed by the Toledo Blade regarding his role filming the first video posted on YouTube. Click here to read the article.

Thihal Ponnaiyan Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi
May 5, 2010
Thihal Ponnaiyan was inducted into the prestigious honor society of Phi Kappa Phi in recognition of his superior scholarship. Congratulations Thihal!

Choltko and Patania First Air Products Scholars
May 1, 2010
Briana Choltko and Michelle Patania were named the first Air Products Scholars. Each received an award of $4,000. Congratulations Michelle and Briana!

Professor Lapitsky Part of YouTube History
Apr 23, 2010
April 23 2010 is the 5th anniversary of YouTube. The first video posted on YouTube was taken by our own Professor Yakov Lapitsky! You may watch the video here.

Professor Jabarin Named Distinguished University Professor
Apr 15, 2010
Professor Saleh Jabarin was named a 2010-2011 Distinguished Professor in recognition of his sustained accomplishments in polymer science and engineering, especially the development of advanced polymeric materials for packaging. Congratulations Professor Jabarin!

Chemical Engineering Salaries Among the Highest
Apr 15, 2010
PayScale reports chemical engineers with a Bachelors degree receive the highest median starting salary ($65,000) and second highest median mid career (salary ($107,000) among the 70+ degrees surveyed.

Joanne Beckwith Receives National Co-op Award
Apr 15, 2010
Joanne Beckwith received a National Co-op Scholarship to help support her studies in our CHEE program which has been recognized as one of "The Best of Co-op". Way to go Joanne!

Chinonso "Best" Agubosim Receives Toledo Muslim Forum's Youth Achievement Award
Apr 15, 2010
Best Agubosim received the Toledo Muslim Forum's Youth Achievement Award .The Award was given in recognition of Best's academic performance and community contributions as a tutor for the Adrian Michigan Boys and Girls Club and as a tutor/mentor for students in our Department. Read about his work here. Thank you Best for your service and congratulations on the award.

Runk and Agubosim Featured in Co-op Guide
Mar 30, 2010
The work of Jeremy Runk and Chinonso "Best" Agubosim at the Anderson Development Company was highlighted in "The Guide to the Best Co-op Colleges and Employers". Both work under the supervision of Tom Blaine (BSChE 2003). Read the article here.

Sleiman Sleiman Receives Tau Beta Fellowship
Mar 30, 2010
Sleiman Sleiman (BSChE Fall 2009) is the recipient of a Tau Beta Pi Fellowship. He joins a select group of Tau Beta Pi members who were selected based on merit and need to receive funding for one year of graduate study. Sleiman plans to start his doctoral studies in Chemical Engineering at The University of Michigan in Fall 2011. Congratulations Sleiman!

Eduardo Diaz Interviewed by Independent Collegian
Mar 20, 2010
Eduardo Diaz was interviewed about his work as a member of Engineers without Borders building an irrigation system for the village of Los Sanchez, Honduras. The complete article is available here.

Mike Pepera - New Faces of Engineering 2010
Feb 16, 2010
Mike Pepera (BSChE Fall 2002) was named one of the New Faces of Engineering 2010. Click to see the ad in USA Today or the announcement on the E-Week web site. Congratulations Mike!

Flower and Sleiman Receive College Awards
Dec 12, 2009
Breanna Flower received the Engineering College Outstanding Student Leader Award and Sleiman Sleiman received the Engineering College Outstanding Senior for College Contributions Award at the Fall 2009 Commencement. Congratulations!

Chemical Engineering Team Wins Soccer Tournament
Dec 2, 2009
The ACES (Awesome Chemical Engineering Squad) team composed of Ammar Al-Ammar, Justin McIntyre, Mike Flannagan, Rick Hausman, Tilak Gullinkala, Jinglong Liu, Nima Hakimelahi, and Xiaoru Wang won the 2009 fall intramural indoor soccer tournament. Congratulations!

Professor Saleh Jabarin gives Sigma Xi Lecture
Oct 30, 2009
Professor Jabarin presented the 2009 Dion D. Raftopoulos/Sigma Xi Outstanding Research Award Lecture. In the photo, Professor Jabarin receives the award and $1,500 check from Sigma Xi President Professor Frederick Williams. The award recognizes Professor Jabarin’s extraordinary contributions to polymeric materials research and integration of these activities into the curriculum.

Professor Escobar one of 20 under 40 Recognized.
Sep 30, 2009
Professor Escobar was recognized by WTOL and co-sponsors as one of 20 individuals under the age of 40 in northwest Ohio for her professional accomplishments and community work.

Chemical Engineers First in Starting and Second in Mid-Career Salary Survey.
Sep 8, 2009
Chemical Engineers receive the highest starting salaries and are the second highest paid mid-career (15 years experience) employees according to a recent employee survey conducted by PayScale. The median starting and mid-career salaries reported were $65,700 and $107,000, respectively. Additional details are available Payscale's web site.

Professor Escobar named Associate Editor of Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy.
Aug 30, 2009
Professor Martin Abraham, Editor, has selected Professor Isabel Escobar to serve as Associate Editor of Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy Journal - a publication of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (Journal web site).

Professor Lipscomb named to Editorial Board of the Journal of Membrane Science.
Aug 30, 2009
Professor Glenn Lipscomb was selected to become a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Membrane Science (Journal web site).

Chemical Engineering 2nd Most Lucrative Career
July 28, 2009
According to a recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, chemical engineering graduates command the second highest salary of all college graduates. Their average starting salary of $64,902 only trails that of petroleum engineering graduates who average $83,121. See the article in Yahoo!(R) Finance for more details.

Rohan Labde receives Best Poster Award at PINO 2009
July 22, 2009
Doctoral candidate Rohan Labde received a certificate and $100 award for the Best Poster Presentation at the 2009 meeting of Polymer and Chemical Engineering Innovation Northwest Ohio (PINO). His poster was entitled "PET Pristine MMT Nanocomposite". Rohan's advisor is Professor Saleh A. Jabarin.

Professor Escobar co-editor of Sustainable Water for the Future
July 22, 2009
A new book co-edited by Professor Isabel Escobar and her colleague Professor Andrea Schäfer (University of Edinburgh) entitled "Sustainable Water for the Future: Water Recycling versus Desalination" has an expected publication date of December 2009. Borders is accepting pre-publication purchases here.

Faculty receive Third Frontier Funding for biofuel research
June 1, 2009
SuGanit Systems and University of Toledo researchers jointly received a grant of $999,900 from the Third Frontier Commission’s Advanced Energy Program of the State of Ohio to support their work on “Scale up of Cellulosic Ethanol Process Based on Novel Biomass Pretreatment and Efficient Co-Fermentation,” Professor Sasidhar Varanasi is the University of Toledo PI. Professors Connie Schall, Patty Relue (BIOE), and Jared Anderson (CHEM) are co-PIs.

Professor Saleh Jabarin recipient of Sigma Xi Award
May 21, 2009
Professor Saleh Jabarin is the recipient of the 2009 Dion D. Raftopoulos/Sigma Xi Award for Outstanding Research. The award recognizes Professor Jabarin’s extraordinary contributions to polymeric materials research and integration of these activities into the graduate curriculum.

Professor Steve LeBlanc elected AIChE Fellow
May 19, 2009
Professor Steve LeBlanc was selected by his peers to become a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in recognition of his professional accomplishments and contributions. Fellow is the highest AIChE membership grade.

Professor Isabel Escobar receives College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award
May 9, 2009
Professor Escobar received the Outstanding Teacher Award at the College of Engineering Spring 2009 commencement. The award was given in recognition of instructional excellence and noteworthy contributions to College educational outreach initiatives.

Professor Isabel Escobar President Elect for AWIS-NWO
April 25, 2009
Professor Escobar was named President Elect for the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Association for Women in Science. You may visit their web site here.

Chanda Filipek receives University Outstanding Advisor Award
April 3, 2009 
Chanda Filipek is the recipient of the 2009 University Outstanding Advisor award in recognition of her commitment to student support and service. Please congratulate Chanda when you see her!

Professor Escobar Speaks at Lake Erie Center
Feb 23, 2009
The Independent Collegian reports on Professor Escobar's talk at the Lake Erie Center on water sanitation here. You may watch her talk here.

Faculty and Students Talk About Water on Plugged In
Feb 20, 2009
Professor Isabel Escobar and graduate students Maria Diaz, Tilak Gullinkala, Collen Gorey, and Rick Hausman talk about water treatment and an Engineers Without Borders project in Honduras (Click here to view).

Professor Escobar receives 2009 YWCA Milestone: A Tribute to Women Award for Education
Jan 22, 2009 
Professor Isabel Escobar joins an elite group of women that have received the Tribute to Women Award during the past 13 years. The Award recognizes her unique, exemplary educational contributions which embody the ideals of the YWCA. See the story at, or

Freshmen Whip Up a Batch of Solar Cells
Jan 13, 2009
Using paint pigment, carbon, glass, and blackberries, the Freshmen in Professor Lipscomb's Orientation Class made solar cells as part of a project to evaluate the potential of solar energy as reported in the UT News.

Senior Ben Hoff Leads Engineers Without Borders Project
Dec 16, 2008 
Ben Hoff, President of Engineers Without Borders, and Professor Andy Heydinger, EWB advisor, received a $10,000 grant from the Toledo Rotary Foundation for a water supply project in Los Sanchez, Honduras as reported in the following Channel 11 broadcast.

Omega Chi Epsilon visits First Grade Classroom
Oct 29, 2008 
Omega Chi Epilson presented a program on recycling to approximately 100 first graders at Central Elementary School on October 22. President Breanna Flower and a number of members talked about what and how to recycle as well as the role of chemical engineers in recycling.

Baldi Receives AIChE Freshman Award
Oct 28, 2008
Allison Baldi is the recipient of the 2008 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Freshman Recognition Award. The Award is given to the AIChE Student Chapter member that was most active during their freshman year. Congratulations Allison!

Another Excellent Freshman Class
Oct 20, 2008 
The average GPA and ACT scores of our 2008 freshman class are identical to those of the 2007 class: 3.7 and 26, respectively. The number of high school valdectorians increased from 3 in 2007 to 4 in 2008.

Lakhapatri Selected for AIChE Travel Award
Sep 25, 2008 
Graduate student Satish Lakhapatri is the recipient of an AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division travel award. The $400 award allows him to present the results of his research on novel steam reforming processes at the AIChE annual meeting in Philadelphia. His research advisor is Professor Abraham.

Varanasi Receives Award for Biofuel Research
Sep 10, 2008 
Professor Sasidhar Varanasi and colleagues Professor Patty Relue and Praveen Paripati are the recipients of a DOE award for the development of cost-effective biocatalysts to increase product yield in the biological conversion of lignocellulosic biomass. Additional details are available on DOE's web site.

CHEE Student Co-hosts TV Show
Sep 9, 2008 
Jennifer Mondelli and CHEE student Shaun McDonald report on technological innovations in our region for public television station WGTE. The first installment of the montly series Plugged-Inairs on WGTE HD and WGTE TV30 Wednesday Sept 17th at 8:00pm.

Candidates Sought for Two Open Faculty Lines
Aug 6, 2008 
The Department is soliciting candidates for two open faculty lines in the area of alternative energy. Read more about the positions and how to apply here.

Another Large Class in 08
Aug 6, 2008 
Professor Glenn Lipscomb is pictured with the Fall 2007 class. The department welcomed over 70 new students in 2007 and expects a similar number in Fall 2008.

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