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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,

October 10, 2014

Undergrad Kristina Higgins featured on UMBC Giving blog

Congratulations to Kristina Higgens, a chemical engineering major, whose Q&A with UMBC Giving was recently published on their blog. Kristina is a recipient of the Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship, and was asked to share her UMBC experience with donors and alumni. Her feature can be found here:

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: