Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department
Annual Report 2004
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Fifty-Sixth Annual Report
College of Engineering
The Ohio State University
Mission and Vision
To educate undergraduate and graduate students in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and foster cross-fertilization of allied fields.
To advance the state-of-the-art knowledge of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and allied fields through novel and sustained research.
To serve the public, academic, industrial and governmental communities through consultation, collaborative efforts and dissemination of research results.
To value diversity as defined broadly in scholarship, approach to teaching and in student, faculty and staff make-up.
To develop a high-quality education program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels ranked among the top twenty programs in the nation.
To develop a high-quality research program ranked among the top twenty programs in the nation.
To serve as a valued technical resource for the public, industry and all levels of government.
To have our innovations in education, research and successes in diversity serve as models for other departments, colleges and universities.
Photography provided by Geoffrey Hulse
Editor, Sherry D. Stoneman
Dear Alumni and Friends of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering:
I and my colleagues of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are pleased to send you a copy of our Annual Report. This past year has been a busy and productive time for the Department. We recruited two new faculty who will eventually bring our numbers up to 16 and continued to produce impressive numbers of highly qualified graduates: 57 Bachelor of Science, 2 Master of Science and 7 Doctor of Philosophy. More details of our continuing and graduating students’ accomplishments are included in the following pages. In April of this past year our name change to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering was approved by the Board of Trustees, after a process led by L. S. Fan that took about two years from beginning to end. This name change reflects the changing nature of our profession and also the teaching and research interests of a substantial number of our faculty. We will continue with only one degree in Chemical Engineering but there will be a course work concentration in biomolecular engineering for those students who have an interest in this direction.
Our two new faculty are Jessica Winters and Michael Paulaitis. Jessica Winters received her Ph. D. from the University of Texas-Austin and will join our faculty in July 2006 after a two-year postdoctoral experience at Harvard. Jessica’s thesis was on the topic of quantum dots with their application as biosensors. It turns out that her expertise fits very well with a special success that Jim Lee has had this year in leading an effort that brought a $12.9 million Nanostructure Science and Engineering Center to OSU. This five-year NSF Center will greatly benefit our interdisciplinary activities in this important technology and is a great win for Jim and the University. The theme of the center is to create affordable nanostructure-based biomedical devices. More than 30 faculty are involved in the center, from different departments and colleges, with more than a quarter of them coming from our Department. Our second faculty member hired involved the recruitment of an Ohio Eminent Scholar, a very special and prestigious appointment. The endowment for these chairs is provided partly by the Regents and partly through donor participation and currently there are only about 10 of these positions across the University. We were very fortunate to recruit Michael Paulaitis, the former Department Chair at Johns Hopkins University, for this position. Michael joined us on January 1, 2005 and brings with him expertise in molecular thermodynamics. Michael is recognized internationally for his research on hydrophobic effects, self-assembly in aqueous solution and the role of hydration in protein folding and protein-protein interactions in solution and at interfaces. With Michael and Jessica on our faculty we will be in a much better position to expand our curricular offerings and achieve greater national recognition.
As you may be aware we have been planning for some time for an expansion and renovation of Koffolt Laboratories. We have activated a National Committee for this project chaired by Bill Lowrie which will, among other things, begin to organize a fund raising effort for what we expect will be about a $60 million project. Our challenge will be to raise about 25% of the total cost to complement support expected from the State of Ohio. This request to the state originates in a campus-wide competition for “Capital Budget” items. Fortunately we have been the College of Engineering’s top priority in both the last biennium and in the 2005-07 request. If all goes well we should receive at least $1 million in planning money in 2007. It is hoped that the project could be completed by 2012 or so. We are also beginning early stage planning with an architect regarding conceptual aspects of the expansion and remodeling. With the guidance of our National Committee we have established a Koffolt Expansion and Remodeling Fund and have even begun to receive some initial gifts. This project will obviously be a top priority for the Department over the next several years and one in which we hope all our alumni and friends of the Department will become involved.
Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2005.
Stuart L. Cooper
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