Notable News and Announcements - Updated 05/22/13
Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday
April 8, 2013 - Akshitha Yarrabothula Receives Torchbearer Award at Chancellor's Honors Banquet
On April 8, 2013, Akshitha Yarrabothula, a chemical and biomolecular engineering major, was among the recipients of the University's highest student honor. The Torchbearer is awarded to seniors who have served their Alma Mater with overall excellence. Recognition as a Torchbearer reminds all students that those who bear the Torch of Enlightenment shadow themselves to give light to others.
Read more on Akshitha's accolades and achievements at the Chancellor's Honors 2013 Torchbearers web page.
October 30, 2012 - Dr. Stephen Paddison Recipient of Chancellor's Research and Creative Achievement Award
The Chancellor's Honors Banquet is held each spring to recognize students, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Tennessee for their extraordinary achievements. The 2012 banquet was held April 9th at the University Center.
May 24, 2012 - In Memoriam: Otto Wheeley
Otto Wheeley, 1943 alumnus and venture capitalist known for helping many East Tennessee entrepreneurs get their start, died Monday at age 90.
Originally from Macon County, Tennessee, Wheeley started out studying agriculture at UT with plans of farming. But under advice of his guidance counselor he switched to chemical engineering. He worked for the chemical manufacturer Koppers Inc. for more than forty years before retiring and embarking on a career as a venture capitalist.
Wheeley later established the Venture Capital Center at UT to help find and support new local technologies. The Otto and Kathleen Wheeley Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer are given annually to UT faculty members who excel in commercialization of university-based research.
Wheeley was named UT's Volunteer of the Year in 2005 for his devotion to the university and the community.
October 25, 2011 - Dr. Thomas A. Zawodzinski has been named in the 2011 Class of ECS Fellows.
Established in 1989, the designation of Fellow of The Electrochemical Society is awarded for individual contributions and leadership in the achievement of science and technology in the area of electrochemistry and solid state sciences and current active participation in the affairs of ECS.
Dr. Zawodzinski presently is the Governor's Chair in Electrical Energy Conversion and Storage, with appointments in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
September 30, 2011 - CBE Celebrates 75 Years!
The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering formally celebrated its 75th anniversary with a reception and dinner for colleagues and friends at the Club LeConte on September 30, 2011.
The Chemical Engineering department was established by the UT Board of Trustees in 1936. Its original home was in Estabrook Hall. Early leaders and innovators in the department included the first department head, Dr. Robert M. Boarts; Dr. Homer F. Johnson; Dr. Fred N. Peebles; Dr. George C. Frazier; Dr. Joseph J. Perona; Dr. John W. Prados; and Dr. Charles F. Moore.
August 29, 2011 - A big congratulations to the class of 2010 is in order for their superior performance on the 2011 Fundamentals of Engineering examination (FE). A total of 25 out of the 28 CBE students who took the exam passed it. This represents a total of 89% compared to the national average of 87% who passed out of the total of 1,210 chemical engineering students who took the exam. This is the best performance by the students of CBE in the last five years (2007-2011; 93% of CBE students passed in the year of 2006.) In six areas, students performed particularly better than the national average: probability and statistics, statics, dynamics, fluids, electricity and magnetism, and control (the table at the right shows the percentage of problems answered correctly in each subject area.)
Our students put a lot of effort into preparing for the exam, and it paid off. In a few years, those students who passed will be eligible to take the Professional Engineering (PE) exam. Best of luck to all!
Again, a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to the class of 2011 UTK Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate students for a job well done!
April 22, 2010 - The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s College of Engineering has given John Prados, professor emeritus in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering, one of its most prestigious honors, the Nathan W. Dougherty Award. The award was presented at the college’s annual Faculty and Staff Awards Dinner on April 22.
Select this link to read the complete article on the Tennessee Today web site.
April 9, 2010 - The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships are awarded yearly to sophomores and juniors who are pursuing careers in research in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
This year, the Goldwater Foundation awarded 278 scholarships from an applicant pool of 1,111 undergraduate students across the U.S. Four-year institutions, like UT, are allowed to nominate four students each year to the competition. This year, eight undergraduates at UT applied for the university's nomination through the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. UT engineering student Lauren Johnson, a junior in Chemical Engineering, was recognized by the Goldwater Foundation and received an honorable mention.
Johnson, a double major in chemistry and chemical engineering from Dickson, currently is conducting research on photobiological hydrogen production at the UT Sustainable Energy Education & Research Center in the joint labs of Paul Frymier and Barry Bruce. She is also president of the UT chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. After graduation, she plans to pursue a doctorate in chemical engineering and conduct research in renewable energy technology.
UT's success this year with the Goldwater competition matches that of both Vanderbilt and Duke, which also received two scholarships and one honorable mention.
March 12, 2010 - Prof. David Keffer has been awarded a "Distinguished Lectureship" grant from the Fulbright Commission to study for ten months in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, beginning Fall of 2010. The title of the grant is "Searching for Global Perspectives on Sustainability in Seoul". As Director of the STAIR (Sustainable Technology through Advanced Disciplinary Research) program at UTK, Dr. Keffer is interested in providing UTK students with a global perspective on sustainable development. While in Seoul, Dr. Keffer will offer a course in Case Studies for Sustainable Development. Dr. Keffer will also participate in collaborative research while in Seoul with Prof. Chang-Ha Lee in the area of carbon sequestration.
October 1, 2009 - Dr. Bamin Khomami, professor and head of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was elected to the American Physical Society (APS) Fellowship during its Sept. 2009 meeting. He was nominated by the Division of Fluid Dynamics. Election to Fellowship in the APS is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership.
The citation, which appears on Khomami's Fellowship Certificate, reads as follows:
"For his insightful application of novel numerical methods, molecular modeling and experiments toward the physical understanding of elastic fluid flows including discovering and explaining novel aspects of their purely elastic and thermomechanical instability."
Dr. Khomami's name and Fellowship citation, as well as the others elected to Fellowship this year, will be published in the March 2010 issue of APS News.
September 28, 2009 - A retirement dinner was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Copper Cellar restaurant on Cumberland Avenue for Dr. Simioan Petrovan, research associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who will retire on October 10, 2009.
Good luck, Dr. Petrovan, and thank you for your years of service to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering!
April 17, 2009 - Dr. John Prados, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been awarded the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Benjamin Garver Lamme Award. The Benjamin Garver Lamme Award is bestowed upon a distinguished engineering educator for contributions to the art of teaching, contributions to research and technical literature and achievements that contribute to the advancement of the profession of engineering college administration. Dr. Prados received a nomination with supporting references.
The award—a gold medal and certificate—will be presented to Dr. Prados during the awards banquet that will conclude the ASEE’s Annual Conference and Exposition on June 17 in Austin, Texas.
April 6, 2009 - The Chancellor's Honors Banquet is held each spring to recognize students, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Tennessee for their extraordinary achievements.
The 2009 ceremony was held April 6 at the University Center. More than 200 students, faculty, staff, and organizations were honored.
Two members of the CBE faculty were award recipients at the 2009 banquet. Dr. Brian Edwards received an award for Excellent in Advising, and Dr. Paul Frymier received an award for Excellence in Teaching.
April 3-5, 2009 - Twelve students from the University of Tennessee's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department attended the spring student meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Southern Regional Conference at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The students were accompanied by faculty members Dr. David Keffer and Dr. Paul Frymier. Senior undergraduate student Christina Karni presented a poster entitled "Prediction of Water and Mean Ionic Activity Coefficients of Aqueous HNO3 Solutions" (UTK faculty advisor, Dr. Robert Counce). A team of six students, Amanda Matthews (team captain), Michael Bright, Arnold Bunch, Jeff Edlund, Eugene Halford, and Kevin Pittman, competed in the "ChemE Car" Competition (UTK faculty advisor, Dr. Paul Frymier). The objective of the competition was to carry a specified weight in a vehicle powered by a chemical reaction using a chemical reaction to time the run to finish as close as possible to a specified distance mark. The team's entry, "Spellbound" won second place out of 11 other vehicles from schools in the southeast, stopping 3.15 inches from the line after traveling 70 feet carrying a specified 230 gram load.
Spring 2009 - Lauren Johnson, senior in Chemical Engineering, spent spring semester of 2009 in Finland. She was studying Chemical Engineering at Abo Akademi in the city of Turku. Click here to read about Lauren's adventures on her study abroad in Finland.
January 2009 - Dr. Stephen Paddison, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, recently co-edited a published book, Device and Materials Modeling in PEM Fuel Cells, with Prof. Keith Promislow of the Mathematics Department at Michigan State University. Proton membrane exchange (PEM) fuel cell technologies are an emerging area, and this book brings together two groups that have largely worked independently of each: the device modeling community and the materials modeling community. The book provides a survey (with significant depth) of virtually all the computational and modeling work in both areas with purpose of stimulating cross-fertilization and collaboration amongst the individuals working in the field of PEM fuel cells.
Fall 2008 - New Faculty Member Dr. Ramki Kalyanaraman
Use the menu at the top left to navigate to the Seminars, Newsletters, and Awards pages.