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Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering is a dynamic discipline.  A degree in CBME, whether at the undergraduate or graduate level, affords our students many opportunities. You will find our professors highly qualified and our staff committed to providing you with the best as you focus on your educational pursuit.



Sept 21, 2016

Paper published in Science Advances

Professors Steven Crossley and Bin Wang, along with graduate student Abishek Gumidyala, recently had a paper published in Science Advances.   The paper describes a reaction that could be used to more economically produce transportation fuels from biomass.  Read the full article here.

Sept 1, 2016

Bree Cooper wins Scholarship

Bree Cooper

Bree Cooper, Chemical Engineering student Class of 2017 and American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Native Outreach was the recipient of the Nicholas Chopey Scholarship in August for $4000 and was awarded by the President and Scholarship Chair of the Southwest Chemical Association.

Aug 16, 2016

New Faculty Joins CBME

Keisha B Walters

Keisha Walter is a new faculty member to join CBME. Dr. Walters research interest are Polymeric & Biobased Materials, Nanotechnology, Surface & Interface Engineering, Transport Modeling.  

August 23, 2016
Kirsten McNally

CBME would like to welcome Kirsten McNally the CBME department as Assistance to the Director and Office Manager.  So please drop by and introduce yourself. 

August 23, 2016
Wanda Gress

Wanda Gress has announced that she will be retiring from CBME effective 8/31/2016 so please drop by and wish her well in her retirement.

May 30, 2016
Ray Daniels

Former CBME faculty member Raymond Daniels passed away in Reno, Nevada on May 8th.  Professor Daniels was a true gentleman, good-natured with a cheerful smile.  Many will remember seeing him in the hallways with a bow tie and a pocket protector looking very professorial!  His background in metallurgy and physics contributed to research and teaching in materials science for CBME.  For years, he and his students worked with support from Tinker Air Force Base on issues associated with rapid startup of jet engines on B52 bombers. 

An effective and capable administrator for the University, Ray served as the Director of the Office of Research Administration and also as Director of CBME(or CEMS as it was known at the time).   His sound leadership and fiscal management proved very valuable to the unit and seemingly at odds with the fact that he and his wife Libby liked to visit the casinos!  However Ray knew the margins for the house and counted his losses as the cost of entertainment.  Working through the Agency for International Development, Professor Daniels led an effort by OU, the University of Michigan and Case Western Reserve University to establish a graduate program in Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.  That effort was so successful it resulted in an invitation from the White House to make a presentation in Washington, DC as a model for similar initiatives.    He was a valued member of CBME who will be greatly missed.  Memorial donations may be made to the OU Foundation (P.O. Box 258856, Oklahoma City, OK 73125) in support of the Ray & Libby Daniels Engineering Scholarship Fund #41063.

May 16, 2016

Graduation 2016

Graduation 2016 Jack Chris Chris Nick

Congratulations to all CBME 2016 Graduates.  

See all the photos on our Facebook page.

Graduation 2016
Graduation 2016 Undergraduates
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May 5, 2016

Capstone 1st Place Winners

1st place Capstone 2016

Microarray Immunoassay System for Oncology Diagnostics and Therapeutics.

Bryce Hermsen
Thanh Thanh Le
Haley Poarch
Kurt Roblin

May 5, 2016

Capstone 2nd Place Winners

2nd Place Capstone 2016

Large Scale Ammonium Cabamate Manufacturing Facility.

David Crosslin
Aric Cushing
Alexander Schwans
Matthew Snodgrass

May 5, 2016

Capstone 3rd Place Winners

3rd Place Capstone 2016

NMC Cathode Battery Pack Design for Electric Vehicle Applications.

Emily Aran
Brandon Bartlett
Emerson Burney
Rachael Schwantes

April 11, 2016

AICHE Mid-America Regional Conference

David Bjerkaas, Brandon Bartlett, Madison Bower, Bryce Hermsem, AICHE 1st place Jeopardy winners 4/1/2016

Congratulations AICHE group David Bjerkaas, Brandon Bartlett, Madison Bower, Bryce Hermsen won 1 place at he 2016 AIChE Mid-America Student Regional Conference that was held at Kansas State University on April 1 - 3, 2016. We had a total of 18 that traveled for the conference.

AICHE Chem Car Team took 4th place at AICHE Mid-America Regional Conference 4/1/2016 Ryan Johnson, Nate McMullen, Yupeng Wu, Taylor McBroom, Marc Thibodeau, Rose Medille, Joanne Lee

AICHE group that built a Chem Car and competed at the 2016 AICHE Mid-America Student Regional Conference won 4th place. From left to right: Ryan Johnston; Nate McMullen; Yupeng Wu; Taylor McBrrom; Marc Thibodeau; Rose Medill; Joanne Lee

April 6, 2016

Jennifer Carmichael is Campus Outstanding Senior and PE-ET 2015-2016 winner.

Jennifer Carmichael and President David Boren 4/1/2016
April 6, 2016

Campus Awards

Congratulations to all the Award winners from the Campus Awards Program and those winners are as follows:

PE-ET 2015-2016 - Jennifer Carmichael
Big Man On Campus - Isaac Hill
President's Award for Outstanding Freshmen - Katherine Kramer
President's Award for Outstanding Sophomores - Steven Fedell
Regents' Award for Outstanding Juniors - Darius Aruho
Outstanding Senior - Jennifer Carmichael

College of Engineering - Outstanding Senior in Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering - Shirley-Luz Enombo

University College - PACE Award - Claire Crofford - Katherine Kramer

April 4, 2016

SWE Week Awards

The Gallogly College of Engineering listed their 2015-2016 SWE Award Nominees and Winners.

Outstanding Graduating Senior nominee Annabel Torianyk and the winner Hunter Conover are both CBME Seniors.

March 30, 2016

Yuan Rui is awarded the NSF Graduate Fellowship

Yuan Rui is awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship that is awarded to outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in education.

March 1, 2016

Julien Arrizabalaga wins 2 awards in March.

  • March 7, 2016 Dean Lee Williams of the Graduate College, presented Julien Arrizabalaga 1st place Engineering Prize in the 2016 Student Research and Creativity Day. With over 65 graduate entries, the 2016 SRCD was a huge success showcasing a broad range of graduate research. 
  • March 1, 2016 The Provost's Certificate of Distinction in Teaching award was presented to Julien H. Arrizabalaga.  This award is given on behalf of Senior Vice President and Provost Kyle Harper to share the news that you will receive a recognition that has been created to honor the hard work and dedication of outstanding  graduate students who teach at OU:  The Provost’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching.  The recipients represent the top 10 percent of all graduate assistants across campus by student evaluations for courses taught during the Fall 2015 semester. 
March 1, 2016

CBME Engineers Week Award Winners!

2016-2017 Engineering Royalty - Katie Crowley

Road Rally-E

1st Place: Gold Team: Katie Crowley, Joel Jimenez Cortez, Natalie Brunstein, Garrett Miller

2nd Place: Rust-Eze: David Bjerkaas, Emily Canaday, Janella Clary, Chris Shea

Family Feud

1st Place: Moises Martinez, Mackenzie Martinez, Ernie Mckee, Jared Alex

3rd Place: Jared Dopp, Hunter Conover, David Noel, Emily Canaday

Games Tournament

3rd Place: Marc Thibodeau, Joanne Lee

Engineers Got Talent Winner

2nd Place: Jackie Bradshaw, Hunter Conover, Katie Crowley


1st Place: Alex Borgerding, Emily Canaday, Janella Clary, Gerald Lance, Whitney Sennatt

2nd Place: Christopher Lugo, Steven Narum, Joseph Asante, David Bjerkaas, Garrett Tow

3rd Place: Mackenzie Martinez, Ronald Morris-Perez, Ashley Findley, Jeremy Pfeifer

October 26 2015

Katie Crowley win National SWE Student Engineering Challenge

Katie Crowley (ChemE) and Jackie Bradshaw (ME) won the National SWE Student Engineering Challenge. Katie said that their idea was to create 100% biodegradable packaging made from oat bran, which was a waste product when they are making the Quaker Oats– we titled our project “Packaging for the Environment.” With this idea, PepsiCo would be repurposing a waste product that they would dispose of otherwise and since the packaging is biodegradable it would reduce the carbon footprint of the company, globally.Photo


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