Oregon State University School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
Dear Alumni and Friends,

Returning to campus in September, after a year unlike any other in our school’s history, we greeted the new academic year with a renewed vigor and sense of purpose. In the face of the challenges and hardships presented by the coronavirus pandemic, we have not merely endured; we have grown and succeeded in creating an outstanding educational experience for our students. 

I am pleased to announce the hiring of three new faculty members. Heidi Kloefkorn-Adams joined us this past fall as assistant professor of bioengineering. Her research focuses on noninvasive measurements of human physiology. Lucas Ellis joined us in December as assistant professor and the Callahan Faculty Scholar in Chemical Engineering. His research focuses on chemical transformation through reaction engineering. Patrick Geoghegan joined the faculty in summer 2020 as the Linus Pauling Chair in Chemical Engineering and professor of practice. He brings experience in computational fluid dynamics, microfluidics, and robotics. 

We recently joined forces on a bioengineering doctoral program with the University of Oregon’s Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. This unique program provides students access to courses, facilities, and faculty at both institutions. Already, we have seen collaborations developing across the campuses including a new joint National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering grant between Kaitlin Fogg, assistant professor of bioengineering, and Marian Hettiaratchi, assistant professor of bioengineering at the University of Oregon. 

This continued success is owed in no small measure to the support given so generously by you and other alumni, donors, and friends of the school. The progress our school continues to make would not be possible without you. On April 27, I hope that you will take part in Dam Proud Day — Oregon State’s annual day of giving — and continue to celebrate the accomplishments of our community.

Gregory S. Herman, Ph.D.
Professor and Head
School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
James and Shirley Kuse Chair in Chemical Engineering
Adam Higgins working in his lab

Microfluidics show promise as safer, simpler treatment option for severe neonatal jaundice

Research led by Adam Higgins, associate professor of bioengineering, has led to a promising potential therapy for neonatal jaundice that’s more safe, simple and convenient than the blood transfusions currently given to babies suffering from the most dangerous forms of the condition. Learn more …
Tiny tire particles in a vial

Tiny tire particles can harm aquatic life

Researchers at Oregon State University recently discovered that tiny plastic particles sloughed off during driving can inhibit growth and cause adverse behavioral changes in organisms found in freshwater and coastal estuary ecosystems. Stacey Harper, professor of environmental and molecular toxicology and environmental engineering, and Susanne Brander, assistant professor of ecotoxicology, discuss the findings with OPB. Learn more …
Zhenxing Feng, associate professor of chemical engineering working in his lab

More efficient green hydrogen production

Zhenxing Feng, associate professor of chemical engineering, has designed a catalyst that can make the production of green hydrogen 1,000 times more efficient than conventional catalysts, making hydrogen energy potentially more affordable and accessible. Learn more ...

Future leaders in chemical engineering

Chemical engineering undergraduate students Melanie T. Huynh and Cindy Wong have been named to the 2021 cohort of Future Leaders in Chemical Engineering. Learn more ...
Stephen Kristy and Quinn Carvalho

Grad students land research opportunities at national labs

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science has chosen three Oregon State students for its Graduate Student Research Program, including CBEE students Stephen Kristy and Quinn Carvalho. Kristy will be at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory pursuing catalysis science with nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, neutron scattering, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Carvalho has been assigned to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he will study solid-electrolyte interfaces for electrochemical applications by operando X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Learn more ...
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