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April 21, 2015

Nick Rogers receives 2015 Undergraduate Award from ACS


Congratulations to Nicholas Rogers, a fourth year Chemical Engineering student, on receiving the 2015 Undergraduate Award from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Environmental Chemistry. Mr. Rogers works in Dr. Lee Blaney’s laboratory and will be presenting his research at the International Water Association’s NOM 6 conference in Malmo, Sweden (Sept. 2015).

March 13, 2015

CAST team awarded $50k at National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation

Congratulations to CBEE Professor Govind Rao and the Center for Advanced Sensor Technology (CAST) team, who won $50,000 at the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI), held February 12th at University of Maryland, College Park.

CAST presented their design for a low-cost respiration monitor for premature newborns. This innovative device, which monitors oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in preemies’ blood, is much safer than current techniques because it is completely non-invasive, removing risks associated with conventional methods that either cause burns or require so many pinpricks the tiny babies need blood transfusions. Clinical trials have shown that the device measures carbon dioxide and oxygen levels with 90 percent accuracy compared to traditional tests.

The lab plans to use the new funds to automate and miniaturize the monitor for interested markets. Dr. Rao has established relationships with potential collaborators in Ethiopia, the Philippines, India, Mexico, and Nepal, and is partnered with General Electric, who will eventually manufacture the device.

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March 9, 2015

Upal Ghosh assumes role as Editor for Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Congratulations to Dr. Upal Ghosh, who has been named as an Editor for the SETAC journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. He will be one of several editors of the journal and will handle papers in the fields of environmental remediation and pollutant bioavailability. Dr. Ghosh is looking forward to this role, especially as SETAC is seeking to increase the engagement of engineers.

March 4, 2015

CBEE undergrad awarded prestigious scholarship

Congratulations to Hollie Adejumo from the Blaney Lab for winning the UNCF-Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Award. Hollie was one of just 15 students from across the country to receive this prestigious award, which provides up to $30,000 in academic support, as well as an internship at a Merck Facility or other research institution.


December 18, 2014

CBEE undergrad wins poster competition

Congratulations to Nick Rogers from the Blaney Lab for taking first place in the Chemical Sciences poster competition at the 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences. His poster was titled, “EEM Characterization of Surface Waters along a Rural-to-Urban Gradient in Baltimore.”

December 10, 2014

CBEE undergrads interviewed on WBAL TV

To highlight the growing need for more minorities to help fill energy-related jobs of the future, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited UMBC on Tuesday, December 9th. Moniz shared coffee and conversations with UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski and some the school's students enrolled in the popular Meyerhoff Scholars Program, including Chemical Engineering students Stephen Vichhio and Aida Berhane.
Both students were interviewed by WBAL TV for a news segment that can be seen here.

November 7, 2014

Undergrad Apurva Shah featured in The Retriever

Shah.JPG Congratulations to Apurva Shah, class of 2016, who was recently featured as Researcher of The Week in The Retriever. Shah has been working in the Blaney Lab, researching “pharmaceuticals and other contaminants [that] have been detected in drinking water and other water matrices.”

His feature can be found here:

October 31, 2014

Swarnalatha Balasubramanian successfully defends PhD

Congratulations to Swarnalatha Balasubramanian, who successfully defended her Ph.D. on October 30th, 2014. Her research was performed in the Leach Lab; the title of her dissertation was Astrocyte Response to 3D Microenvironments

October 23, 2014

Grad student Adil Zuber featured on The Helix

Congratulations to PhD student Adil Zuber, who is featured on myUMBC blog The Helix. Zuber is involved in therapeutic protein research in the Frey lab at TRC. He is working on a “factory-in-a-shoebox” device that could revolutionize access to protein-based medications in remote or war-torn locales.

His feature can be found here:

October 14, 2014

Nov. 13: AEESP Distinguished Lecture Series, co-hosted by UMBC

2014 AEESP Distinguished Lecture Series with Dr. Bruce E. Logan , Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering & Evan Pugh Professor, Director of Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute, Penn State University

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time: 12pm
Location: Howard University: L. K. Downing Hall, #2019 (Reading Room)

Reception to follow

Lecture 1: Microbial Fuel Technologies for Renewable Power and Biofuels Production From Waste Biomass

The ability of certain microorganisms to transfer electrons outside the cell has created opportunities for new methods of renewable energy generation based on microbial fuel cells (MFCs) that can be used to produce electrical power, microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) for transforming biologically generated electrical current into transportable fuels such as hydrogen and methane gases, as well as other devices to desalinate water or capture phosphorus. In this presentation, Dr. Logan will summarize key findings in the electromicrobiological studies of the exoelectrogenic microorganisms and communities that produce electrical current, and the electrotrophic and methanogenic communities that are used to produce hydrogen and methane gases. Recent advances will be highlighted on materials and architectures that are being developed to make these different types of METs more cost efficient, which are leading to them becoming commercially viable technologies.

Bruce Logan Professor Bruce E Logan is an Evan Pugh Professor, the Stan & Flora Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering, and Director of the Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute at Penn State University. His current research efforts are in bioenergy production and the development of an energy sustainable water infrastructure. Dr. Logan has mentored over 110 graduate students and post docs, and is the author or co-author of over 380 refereed publications (h-index = 91) and several books. He is the founding Deputy Editor of the new ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and a fellow of AAAS, the International Water Association (IWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP). Dr. Logan is a visiting professor at several universities including Newcastle University (England) and Tsinghua University (China), with ties to several other universities in Saudi Arabia, Belgium and China. He received his Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State in 1997, he was on the faculty at the University of Arizona.

Co-Hosts: Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Directions and Parking:

Campus Map (Downing Hall is #26):


For further information, please contact Kimberly Jones,