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September 30, 2014

CBEE students compete in national design competition

Congratulations to Elvis Andino, Trevor Needham, Eli Patmont, and James Sanders, who competed in the national student design competition at the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans, LA on September 28th. After winning the regional competition hosted by the Chesapeake Water Environment Association, the team was awarded a cash prize and travel scholarships to WEFTEC.


September 25, 2014

Seminar: Dr. Corey Wilson (Yale University)

CBEE Seminar with Dr. Corey Wilson (Yale University), Assistant Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Biomedical Engineering & Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry

Date: Monday, September 29
Time: 12pm
Location: ITE 104

Title: Investigating Protein Structure-Function Relationships via Rational Design

Abstract: The overarching goal of the research conducted in the Wilson Research Group is to establish an integrated experimental and computational framework to translate our understanding of the fundamental principles of biophysics and biochemistry (i.e., the physicochemical properties that confer function) into useful processes, devices, therapies, and diagnostics that will benefit society. To accomplish this the Wilson Research Group focuses on two Protein Engineering approaches: (i) computational protein design and (ii) optimized strategies in protein evolution. This research program is an integrated multidisciplinary initiative that includes applied mathematics, computer science, physical chemistry, experimental protein chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biophysics. In turn, our ability to engineer biological materials is a rigorous test of our understanding of the structure-function relationship—on multiple time and length scales. Accordingly, this research platform holds the promise of expanding our general knowledge with regard to protein folding, molecular interactions, signal transduction and enzyme-catalyzed reactions.

September 9, 2014

Miguel A. Acosta featured in North Carolina State University News


Congratulations to Dr. Miguel A. Acosta, a graduate from our department's Ph.D. program, for being featured today within North Carolina State University’s newsletter. The showcase comes in a move to feature the university’s minority scientists in STEM fields and to motivate minority students to embark in scientific careers through the success of their peers. The article is available at the following link:

August 19, 2014

Lee Blaney wins MIPS research award

Lee Blaney, in partnership with Triea Systems, LLC, received a $250,000 research award from the Maryland Industrial Partnerships program and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. With this award, Blaney’s team will optimize the recovery of phosphorus from animal manure produced in Maryland. The collaboration with Triea Systems will lead to development of a pilot-scale system to be used on Maryland farms. A press-release on the award is available at the following link:

Zachary Hopkins successfully defends MS

Congratulations to Zachary Hopkins (Blaney Lab) on the successful defense of his MS thesis, Transformation of UV-filters by ozone: Reaction kinetics and removal of UV absorbance. This fall, Zack will start a PhD program in Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University.


Ke He wins Best Poster Award at ACS

Congratulations to Ke He from the Blaney Lab for winning the Best Poster Award in the “Analytical Methods for Detecting and Prioritizing Contaminants of Concern” symposium at the fall 2014 American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco, CA. His poster was titled, Determination of fluoroquinolone antibiotics in wastewater by solid-phase extraction high performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection.


June 30, 2014

Arundhathi Venkatasubramaniam successfully defends Ph.D.

Congratulations to Arundhathi Venkatasubramaniam, who successfully defended her Ph.D. on June 27, 2014. Her research was performed in the Good Lab; the title of her dissertation wasEngineering tools to analyze Aβ's effects on cellular mechanisms linked to the neurodegeneration observed in Alzheimer's disease

June 23, 2014

Lee Blaney and Dalton Hughes interviewed for UMBC In the Loop

Dr. Lee Blaney and Class of 2014 student, Dalton Hughes, were recently interviewed by Dinah Winnick, Director of Communications at UMBC. The video was produced by Bill Shewbridge and the UMBC in the Loop program, and stemmed from work completed by the UMBC Engineers Without Borders chapter in Kenya. This work was partially funded by the UMBC BreakingGround initiative.

“In the Loop” is a series of half-hour programs highlighting the work of UMBC faculty in research and the arts. You can view the interview here:

June 13, 2014

Antonio Moreira Honored by Portuguese Government

The President of Portugal, on behalf of the Portuguese Government, has awarded CBEE Professor Antonio Moreira the National Order of Civil Merit of Public Education. This was timed to occur with the National Day of Portugal which was celebrated on June 10th.

The news is on the website for the President of Portugal:

The decoration will be presented at a ceremony and reception at the Embassy of Portugal in DC this fall.

Upal Ghosh Partners With Newcastle University in Urban Water Quality Study

CBEE professor Upal Ghosh has partnered with Newcastle University in the project:

Development of Sustainable Technologies to Investigate, Restore and Protect the Urban Water Environment. Newcastle University, University of Maryland Baltimore County (US), Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (India) and CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute Nagpur (India)

The grant, instituted through Newcastle University will support student and faculty research exchanges among the partnering institutions, and will examine urban water quality.

Full story here