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May 6, 2011

Rawlings receives honorary degree from DTU

Paul A. Elfers Professor James Rawlings has been awarded an honorary doctorate from DTU, the Technical University of Denmark, for his significant contributions to computational aspects, theoretical aspects, and applications of model predictive control and moving horizon estimation. See DTU Electrical Engineering

May 4 2011

Klingenberg honored with two teaching awards

Professor Daniel Klingenberg has won both the 2011 Polygon Engineering Council Teaching Award for Chemical and Biological Engineering and this year's Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineers from the UW-Madison College of Engineering.

Klingenberg has developed or co-developed six new courses, including Introduction to Colloid and Interface Science (CBE 547), a multidisciplinary elective that enrolls students from across UW-Madison; and Introduction to Society's Engineering Grand Challenges (InterEGR 102), a course that focuses on how people from multiple engineering disciplines will help solve major societal challenges.

Focusing on topics that often confuse undergraduates, Klingenberg and Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Emeritus R. Byron Bird have begun writing a new textbook, Introductory Transport Phenomena. This new text for undergraduates will complement the classic text, Transport Phenomena, by Bird, Stewart and Lightfoot. Additionally, Klingenberg and colleagues in mechanical engineering and civil and environmental engineering are developing online lectures for an interdisciplinary course in fluid mechanics.

As evidence of his commitment to excellence in the classroom, he has received the Polygon Outstanding Instructor Award four times and spares no effort in helping engineering students understand even the most difficult concepts. "Transport phenomena is regarded as one of the most difficult courses, due to its rigorous math requirement and somewhat abstract ideas," says a former student. "However, Klingenberg's students often list it as one of their favorite classes, due to his ability to teach the subject. In research, his contextualized description of the importance of practical rheology of biomass in the production of biofuels led me and several other undergraduate researchers to feel like we were making a difference through engineering."

Instrumental in developing the honors in research track in the chemical engineering curriculum, Klingenberg is a strong proponent of including undergraduate students in research and regularly involves three to six undergraduates in projects related to suspension rheology, often in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory.

For years, Klingenberg has served as chair of the chemical and biological engineering curriculum committee and of the college Academic Policies, Curricula and Regulations Council. He also is a member of the task force for Engineering Beyond Boundaries, a long-term college initiative to transform engineering education. "Dan is truly passionate about education and effective in turning that passion into action," says Harvey D. Spangler Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Michael Graham. "The education experience of students in the college is greatly enriched by Dan's efforts."

May 4 2011

Ninman wins college staff award

Senior Information Processing Consultant Todd Ninman won the 2011 Bollinger Academic Staff Distinguished Achievement Award. Ninman's service to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering began in an era when the first mass-produced computer was manufactured by Tandy.

At the time, Ninman managed a Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-11/55 mini-computer system under Professor W. Harmon Ray, who used it for research and instructional computing. The system used 256 kilobytes of RAM and stored data and programs on two 2.5 megabyte disks.

That was 1978. In the intervening 33 years, Ninman devoted his professional career to ensuring the department is at the leading edge of computer-assisted engineering. Through Ninman's contributions, the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering was among the first in the world to institute computer-aided data acquisition and control in teaching and research laboratories. It also was a leader in providing valuable high-speed computing capabilities for students and in producing graduates who had the latest knowledge of those new capabilities. "As the person who hired Todd 33 years ago and has worked closely with him over that period, I can say that he has made the greatest impact on our department of any staff member over this period, and will be the hardest to replace when he retires," says Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Emeritus W. Harmon Ray. "His combination of outstanding technical skills, friendly personality and willingness to help 24/7, if necessary, has endeared him to a third-century of students, staff, faculty and department visitors."

In particular, Ninman has purchased, installed, networked and supported computing systems that increase faculty, staff and student productivity, and enable data collection and computational research. He has designed several databases, relocated and expanded departmental computing facilities, and helped countless faculty and students navigate the benefits and pitfalls of research computing.

His colleagues call him calm and reassuring, a gifted programmer, a problem-solver, and a rare individual who somehow, against all odds, can make everything work. "When it comes to computing, and all of what that entails, Todd is always one step ahead of us," says Howard Curler Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Juan de Pablo. "He plans, he anticipates, and he implements his vision for computing within the department with a clarity and fortitude that are simply extraordinary."

April 15,2011

de Pablo wins 2011 Stine Award

Howard Curler Distinguished Professor Juan de Pablo is the winner of the 2011 Charles M.A. Stine Award from AIChE given for his pioneering contributions to the development of powerful computational tools and their integration with experiment to achieve fundamental and technological breakthroughs in materials research and engineering. See Stine Award

April 12, 2011

Lynn receives Nagy New Investigator Award

Associate Professor David Lynn is one of eight investigators nationally who were recognized for outstanding, fresh, and innovative work in their fields with the first annual Edward C. Nagy New Investigator Award from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). Lynn participated in the first NBIB New Investigator Symposium in Bethesda where he and the other awardees delivered lectures on the recent results of their NIH-funded research. Nagy New Investigator Award Recipients

April 10, 2011

Abbott and Murphy named Vilas Associates

John T. and Magdalen L. Sobota Professor and department chair, Nicholas Abbott and Smith-Bascom Professor Regina Murphy have been named Vilas Associates of University of the Wisconsin-Madison for 2011 and 2012. Abbott was recognized for pioneering and reducing to practice several key advances related to the interfacial science and engineering of soft materials. Murphy was recognized for her role as a research leader in the field of biomolecular engineering, where she has provided fundamental insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying Alzheimer's disease and a host of related neurological diseases. Vilas Associates Awards are made possible through a gift from the Vilas Trust.

April 8, 2011

Dumesic named Michel Boudart Professor

Steenbock Professor James Dumesic has been awarded a prestigious WARF Named Professorship. The professorship provides an unrestricted research grant funded by patent revenue from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, as well as the opportunity to name the professorship. Jim has chosen the name: "Michel Boudart Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering" in honor of his PhD advisor, a world leader in catalysis and now emeritus professor at Stanford University.

March 21, 2011

Rawlings wins Ragazzini Education Award

Jim also will receive the 2011 Ragazzini Education Award from the American Automatic Control Council, the joint society of all American engineering societies for automatic control education and research. The council will recognize him for his outstanding contributions to automatic control education through powerful fundamental research, tutorial papers and a comprehensive textbook. Jim will receive the award in June at the American Control Conference meeting in San Francisco.

February 19, 2011

Mavrikakis ranked among world's top-100 chemists

Thomson Reuters released an analysis identifying the world's top-100 chemists since January 2000, as ranked by the impact of their published research. Paul A. Elfers Professor Manos Mavrikakis, with 56 published papers, 3,205 citations, and a citation impact score of 57.23, was 87th on the list. Approximately 1 million chemists were included in the journal publications Thomson Reuters indexed. In addition, Manos' 2005 paper, "Atomic and molecular adsorption on Pt(111)," with Denise Ford (BS '07) and Ye Xu (PhD '04), was among the top-10 most-cited articles in Surface Science from 2005 to 2010.

December 12, 2010

Dumesic to receive Boudart Award

Link to: North American Catalysis Society News

December 11, 2010

Kuech receives Humboldt Award

Milton J. and A. Maude Shoemaker Professor Thomas Kuech was awarded a Humboldt Research Award this past fall to work at the Paul Drude Institute and BESSY, the nearby synchrotron in Berlin (Berliner Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung).

November 24, 2010

Mavrikakis demonstrates catalyst for H2 production

Paul A. Elfers Professor Manos Mavrikakis and researchers from Tufts and Harvard Universities have demonstrated the low-temperature efficacy of an atomically dispersed platinum catalyst that could be suitable for on-board hydrogen production in fuel-cell-powered vehicles of the future. The team published its findings in Science. See Less Expensive Low-Temperature Catalyst for Hydrogen Purification Discovered for more.

November 23, 2010

Kuech elected IEEE Fellow

Milton J. and A. Maude Shoemaker Professor Thomas Kuech has been elected an IEEE Fellow for 2011, one of the association's most prestigious honors.

October 11, 2010

Dumesic listed among top 100 in bioenergy

Steenbock Professor James Dumesic was listed by Biofuels Digest this past fall among the "top 100 people in bioenergy." Also listed was former professor Doug Cameron, who recently founded and is managing director of Alberti Advisors, which provides strategic advice and assistance at the intersection of cleantech and agriculture. Jim also presented this year's Bayer Distinguished Lectures at the University of Pittsburgh on his work on catalytic conversion of biomass to fuels.

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