Welcome to CBE@Rensselaer. 2012 has been a wonderful year for Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer. We have much to report. Here are some recent successes:
The department is an intellectually vibrant place. Check out our 2012 Fall Seminar Series. Prof. K. Dane Wittrup (MIT) was this year’s Michael M. Abbott Lecturer in Spring and presented two intellectually stimulating seminars. And Prof. Kristala Jones Prather (MIT) is the 2012 Hendrick C. Van Ness Award Winner. This fall we also continue the Graduate Student Seminar Series, where third and fourth year students will present their research to the entire department.
Our graduate and undergraduate students continue to excel. Ali Reza Ladiwala from Pete Tessier group won the 2012 Karen and Lester Gerhardt Best Thesis Prize from Rensselaer, and Melissa Holstein (Steve Cramer group) won the prestigious AIChE 2012 Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award.
Our undergraduate enrollments have doubled over the last five years with the total students in CBE reaching ~300. In addition to excelling in the toughest discipline on the campus, our UG students somehow find time to do quality research, present their work at local and national conferences, maintain a lively chapter of AIChE in the department, participate actively in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), organize a graduate symposium, and much more! The Society of Biological Engineers is also taking roots at Rensselaer, guided enthusiastically by Prof. Georges Belfort.
If you have not been to Rensselaer recently, I invite you to visit us. The campus has continued to improve at a rapid pace. With impressive new buildings, new and creative projects, new faculty, and strong student body, there is certainly excitement in the air.
Elaine S. and Jack S. Parker Professor and Department Head