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Congratulations to Professor Huimin Zhao, recipient of the Charles Thom Award from the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB). The Charles Thom Award is given to individuals who have made outstanding research contributions in industrial microbiology and/or biotechnology. It’s named for Charles Thom, a pioneer in industrial microbiology and mycology.
“Engineers have been changing the world for thousands of years. Today that responsibility and honor is yours,” said Kathryn “Kit” Gordon in her address to graduates of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois. Gordon, former director of technology for QuickLogic and co-founder of Botanic Organic, praised students for their achievements and said she was eager to experience the world they create.
The Journal of Materials Chemistry of the Royal Society of Chemistry has named Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Assistant Professor Dr. Ying Diao an Emerging Investigator and invited her to contribute to a themed issue.
Mary L. Kraft, Associate Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been named a Robert W. Schaefer Faculty Scholar, a position established by the late Robert Schaefer, a chemical engineering alumnus.
University of Illinois alumnus Dr. H. Scott Fogler, "a towering figure in the world of chemical engineering," recently received an honorary doctorate from Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain. URV Rector Josep Anton Ferré praised Dr. Fogler for his excellent work in teaching, research, and transfer.
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering sophomore Reahman Afshar was recently recognized for his exemplary work through the Chancellor’s Public Engagement Student Fellows Grant Program. Afshar will travel to Ghana this summer to help bring solar energy to a rural village.
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois is pleased to announce that Kit Gordon, Class of 1983, is this year's convocation speaker. After graduating from Illinois, Gordon went on to a successful career in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley. She also co-founded a natural cosmetic company and advises organizations in water resource management.
Huimin Zhao, a leader in synthetic biology, has been named the inaugural Steven L. Miller Chair in Chemical Engineering. On April 13, 2016, University of Illinois Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson presided over an investiture ceremony attended by donors Steven and Sheila Miller, colleagues, administrators, students, friends, and family.
The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health has awarded a new four-year grant of more than $1.6 million to University of Illinois Beckman Institute researchers for development of innovative cancer imaging.
Thanks to generous donations from alumni, corporations and friends, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering awards scholarships annually to qualified undergraduates who are majoring in chemical engineering. Congratulations to this year's winners!