Chemical, Biological & Materials Engineering
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.
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.
Bree Cooper wins Scholarship
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.
New Faculty Joins CBME
Keisha Walter is a new faculty member to join CBME. Dr. Walters research interest are Polymeric & Biobased Materials, Nanotechnology, Surface & Interface Engineering, Transport Modeling.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to all CBME 2016 Graduates.
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Capstone 1st Place Winners
Microarray Immunoassay System for Oncology Diagnostics and Therapeutics.
Thanh Thanh Le
Capstone 2nd Place Winners
Large Scale Ammonium Cabamate Manufacturing Facility.
Capstone 3rd Place Winners
NMC Cathode Battery Pack Design for Electric Vehicle Applications.
AICHE Mid-America Regional Conference
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 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
Jennifer Carmichael is Campus Outstanding Senior and PE-ET 2015-2016 winner.
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
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.
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.
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.
CBME Engineers Week Award Winners!
2016-2017 Engineering Royalty - Katie Crowley
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
1st Place: Moises Martinez, Mackenzie Martinez, Ernie Mckee, Jared Alex
3rd Place: Jared Dopp, Hunter Conover, David Noel, Emily Canaday
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
JJ Hamon recipient of 2015 Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship form American Australian Association
Congratulations to JJ Hamon, Chemical Engineering graduate student, who was recently chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship from the American Australian Association. The grant will cover part of the cost of one year of research to be conducted in Australia as part of his doctoral studies. He plans to spend one year at Monash University in Melbourne.
Shirley-Luz Enombo selected as outstanding mentor for OU's Chevron Phillips Scholar Mentor
Shirley-Luz Enombo, an OU senior in chemical engineering, has been selected as the outstanding mentor for OU’s Chevron Phillips Scholar-Mentor Program, which selects outstanding upperclassmen to mentor the sophomore chemical engineering students.
Shirley-Luz has served as a program mentor for the last three semesters, said Department Chair Brian Grady. Mentor activities include attending social events, offering enrollment advice, seeking internships and undergraduate research opportunities, tutoring, helping with resumes and even accompanying sophomores to the campus career fair.
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