• The Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering held its 1st Annual Graduate Student Retreat on January 20 at Pat's Barn.  Over 80 graduate students and faculty members were in attendance.  The retreat was structured as a conference with senior graduate students giving oral presentations and junior graduate students presenting posters.  Overall, the retreat was a great educational experience and gave everyone in the Department an opportunity to grasp the true depth and breadth of the research activities that go on in CBE.


  • Professor Joel Plawsky has been named head of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Plawsky's research interests focus on colloids and interface science, transport phenomena, and advanced materials with diverse applications in space research, pollution prevention and packaging.
  • Sangwoo Lee has been awarded the PNAS Cozzarelli Prize in Engineering & Applied Sciences. His paper was chosen from 3,500+ articles published in PNAS in 2014.


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  • CBE doctoral student Hanne Sophie Karkov won the “best poster” award at the 2014 Recovery of Biological Products conference in Rostock, Germany.

  • B. Wayne Bequette and colleagues receive three-year grant from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) for clinical trials on closed-loop artificial pancreas.

    NIDDK Funds Rensselaer Research Collaboration with Stanford University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Virginia


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