News

  • Aug 8
    2017
    Congratulations to B.S. alum Christina Borgese who was recently named one of AIChE's 35 under 35! Borgese is the cofounder and Director of Engineering and Development at PreProcess, Inc., a company she cofounded in 2010 with fellow UCSB alum Marc Privitera. As Director of Engineering and Development, she develops and scales innovations in a variety of industries, where... read more »
  • Aug 7
    2017
    For the second year in a row, the UCSB ChE department gathered at Professor Shell's home for a fun day of tasting and voting on the best wines under $20! 2014 Main & Geary Cabernet Sauvignon won for best red wine, and 2016 Picton Bay Sauvignon Blanc won for best white.
  • Jul 25
    2017
    UCSB Chemical Engineering is excited to welcome Associate Professor and Mellichamp Chair of Sustainable Manufacturing, Phillip Christopher, starting later this year. Professor Christopher’s research group focuses on heterogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis with interest in understanding fundamental aspects of active site characteristics and reaction mechanisms and... read more »
  • Jul 24
    2017
    Congratulations to grad student Justin Yoo of the O'Malley and Daugherty labs who received third place in the Biochemical and Molecular Engineering XX poster competition for his poster "Strategies to engineer G protein-coupled receptor ligand binding properties."
  • Jul 6
    2017
    Congratulations to our graduate students who defended their PhD theses in spring quarter! Mark Joswiak, Doherty and Peters Groups"In Silico Predictions of Crystal Growth Rates" Alex Heilman, Gordon Group"Tip-enhanced near-field optical microscopy for nanoscale interrogation of surface chemistry and plasmonics" ... read more »
  • Jun 23
    2017
    Congratulations to Professor Scott Shell who has been named the 2017 recipient of the AIChE CoMSEF Impact Award! The Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) Impact Award recognizes outstanding research in computational molecular science and engineering, encompassing both methods and applications. Nominees may hold positions in academia, industry, or... read more »
  • Jun 22
    2017
    Congratulations to Professor Bradley Chmelka who has been elected to The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Professor Chmelka was one of twelve new members elected to the academy this year, and one of only two foreign members. IVA is an independent academy, founded in 1919, and was the first engineering science academy in the world. The Academy comprises... read more »
  • Jun 19
    2017
    Congratulations to our #UCSB2017 senior class, as well as Professors Mike Gordon and Mike Doherty, graduate student Jeff Frumkin, and undergrad Jacob Lee Orlowicz who were honored with awards for Chemical Engineering's Outstanding Faculty, Teaching Assistant, and Senior respectively, at this year's College of Engineering Senior Send-Off! Congratulations also to... read more »
  • Jun 8
    2017
    UCSB Chemical Engineering is excited to welcome Assistant Professor Sho Takatori to the department, starting in 2019! Sho is interested in the statistical mechanics and fluid dynamics of biological soft matter systems. He combines techniques of computational and experimental soft matter to study how emergent biological properties emerge from collective activity of... read more »
  • Jun 7
    2017
    Congratulations to Chemical Engineering graduate student Alex Schrader, who has been awarded a UCSB Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship. The Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship is intended for doctoral students from all academic disciplines who have advanced to candidacy and who are in the final stages of completing their dissertation. The Dissertation... read more »
  • May 31
    2017
    Congrats to our graduate alumni Bryan Goldsmith and Nirala Singh who will both start as assistant professors in the University of Michigan's Department of Chemical Engineering later this year! Bryan Goldsmith received his PhD in 2015 with Professor Baron Peters, Nirala Singh also received his PhD in 2015 with Professors Eric McFarland and Horia Metiu. Goldsmith's research... read more »
  • May 26
    2017
    UCSB Chemical Engineering is excited to welcome Assistant Professor Arnab Mukherjee to the department, starting this summer! Professor Mukherjee's research will pursue fundamental advances at the intersection of molecular biology, biomedical imaging, and biophysics to discover and repurpose new classes of biomolecules into genetic reporters for studying cell function... read more »
  • May 22
    2017
    Our 2017 Pearson Lectures, the eleventh in a series of distinguished lectureships given in memory of Professor Dale Pearson, were presented May 16th and 18th by Professor Howard Stone from Princeton.  Professor Stone's first lecture, meant to be broader in scope and appeal to a diverse audience, was titled: "Surprising responses in common fluid flows: (i) Surface-attached... read more »
  • May 11
    2017
    Dano Pagenkopf received his BS in Chemical Engineering from UCSB in 2013. After graduation he got a job on campus in the machine shops before coming back to the Chemical Engineering Department in 2015 as the Undergraduate Lab Manager. We asked Dano a few questions about his background, his experience as a student, and what he's up to now. Read on to see what he had to... read more »
  • May 8
    2017
    Thank you to the over 150 alumni, emeriti, faculty, students, and staff who joined us in celebrating the Chemical Engineering Department's 50th Anniversary! Founding members Duncan Mellichamp, Dale Seborg, Orville Sandall, and Gene Lucas all spoke at the day's event, sharing annecdotes and memories from the founding and early years of the department. Current and former... read more »
  • May 3
    2017
    Congratulations to Professor Michelle O'Malley who has received a 2017 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation! The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary... read more »
  • Apr 26
    2017
    Congratulations to graduate student Max Nowak of the Helgeson and Mitragotri Labs who was chosen as one of the two runners-up in the 2017 Grad Slam for his talk titled "Breaching the Blood-Brain Barrier." Read more about the Grad Slam here. 
  • Apr 5
    2017
    Congratulations to second year graduate students George Degen and Samantha McCuskey who were awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships this year. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding... read more »
  • Apr 3
    2017
    Congratulations to our graduate students who defended their PhD theses in winter quarter! Nikolai Petsev, Shell and Leal Groups"Multiscale Modeling of Mesoscale and Interfacial Phenomena" Rodrigo Nery Azevedo, Squires Group"Electrokinetic Phenomena in Chemically Manipulated Environments"
  • Mar 24
    2017
    Graduate Student Alexandra Bayles of the Helgeson and Squires Labs was one of two students awarded a CSP Technologies Teacher-Scholar Fellowship for 2016-2017. In addition, Alexandra was recently selected to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Chemistry in Germany this summer. This is a highly competitive honor, with only 400-500 international young... read more »
  • Mar 23
    2017
    Congratulations to postdoctoral scholar Ian Williams of the Squires Lab who received honorable mention in the 4th annual Art of Science competition for “Morphology of phase coexistence in a lung surfactant monolayer” (pictured). This fluorescence micrograph shows a monolayer of the pulmonary surfactant DPPC doped with a fluorescently labeled lipid. The Art of Science... read more »
  • Mar 17
    2017
    Congratulations to post doc Emily Davidson of the Segalman lab who received second place in the DPOLY (Division of Polymer Physics) poster competition at the 2017 APS March Meeting for her poster "Impact of Sequence-Level Control on Block Copolymer Self-Assembly."