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May 22
2024
While completing his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan, Phil Christopher attended monthly meetings of the Michigan Chapter of the North American Catalysis Society (MC-NACS). Christopher, who is currently a professor of chemical engineering at UC Santa Barbara, said that attending the MC-NACS Annual Symposium was an annual highlight, because the... read more »
May 4
2024
Three chemical engineering PhD students, Daniel Arnold, Elaina Blair, and Titus Quah, have received fellowships for the 2024-’25 academic year from UC Santa Barbara’s Graduate Division. The Central Campus Fellowships are awarded on the basis of merit and promise of productivity.   Arnold, a fifth-year PhD student,... read more »
Apr 18
2024
Chemical engineering professor M. Scott Shell has received a distinguished lifetime honor within the scientific community of being elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is among 502 scientists, engineers, and innovators across 24 disciplines who make up the 2023 class. The association is the world’s... read more »
Apr 4
2024
UC Santa Barbara chemical engineering student Anika Jena has received a 2024 Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious national scholarships given to undergraduate students planning research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Jena, a second-year undergraduate, was one of 438 students named 2024 Goldwater Scholars from 1,353... read more »
Mar 14
2024
Egg and sperm are unique cells that pass on genetic information in humans and other mammals from one generation to the next. They originate from a small group of cells called primordial germ cells (PGCs) that form early in a developing embryo. Because researchers have minimal access to early post-implanted human embryos for ethical reasons, very little is known about the... read more »
Dec 19
2023
University-industry partnerships are a regular feature at R1 universities like UC Santa Barbara, and in one particularly effective example, researchers in the laboratory of UCSB professor and Chemical Engineering Department chair, Michael Gordon, are pursuing fundamental research as part of a collaboration with ASML. The multinational technology leader... read more »
Dec 19
2023
A new Chemical Engineering Department teaching laboratory, called the Asbury Pathfinder Lab, is home to a novel quarter-long course, ChemE 5: Introduction to Chemical Engineering Design, which gives freshmen students and others the chance to become familiar with the discipline through an immersive hands-on experience. The lab was made possible by an endowment from... read more »
Nov 9
2023
Researchers in UC Santa Barbara’s newly designated Bioengineering (BioE) Department have received a significant boost from the U.S. Army, which awarded the university a $9.85 million grant to design and purchase state-of-the-art equipment that project leader Michelle O’Malley, a professor of chemical engineering and biological engineering, says “allows... read more »
Oct 22
2023
UC Santa Barbara chemical engineering faculty members have awarded the department’s top honor for a rising third-year PhD studentt, the prestigious Dow Discovery Fellowship, to Chieh Wang. The department awards one fellowship each year to a student who has made outstanding strides in research and presents a compelling plan for a creative high-risk, high-... read more »
Oct 18
2023
Faculty Search 2023-24 The Chemical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara is seeking applications as part of an external, open-level search for a tenure-track Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Full Professor position. The highest priority will be given to candidates with expertise in the field of... read more »
Jul 19
2023
Rachel A. Segalman, the Edward Noble Kramer Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Materials and the Warren G. and Katharine S. Schlinger Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE’s) Andreas Acrivos Professional... read more »
Jun 29
2023
UC Santa Barbara’s Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) has received its seventh consecutive major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund six years of operation as an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). Widely regarded as one of the top five materials research facilities in the world, the MRL, which obtained its first MRSEC... read more »
Jun 25
2023
Evan Pretti, a fourth-year chemical engineering PhD student at UC Santa Barbara, has received a prestigious Software Fellowship from the Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) in support of research that could provide insight into neurodegenerative diseases such as  Alzheimer’s disease. The fellowship provides funding for tuition and fees for one... read more »
Jun 15
2023
UC Santa Barbara chemical engineering professor Michael Gordon has been named a fellow of the American Vacuum Society (AVS). Fellowship recognizes members who have made sustained and outstanding scientific and technical contributions in areas of interest to the AVS. Gordon, who will become chair of the Chemical Engineering Department on July 1, was cited... read more »