Ron West

Former professor Ronald E. West revered beyond the classroom

June 9, 2016

Former ChE professor Ronald E. West passed away May 23 after a long battle with Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia, a rare lymphoma. Ron taught in the department from 1957 until 1995, developing strong friendships and devoting countless hours to helping students.

“He was always kind and supportive of me, especially in some difficult times, and I will always value that,” recalled Professor David Clough.

Alum Wins PECASE Award, Honored at White House

June 9, 2016

Alumna Tara Lovestead, who earned her PhD in chemical engineering in 2004, has won a 2016 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

A research chemist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Lovestead is one of only 105 researchers nationwide to earn the prestigious award, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their careers.

Nicholas Sandoval

Alum Nicholas Sandoval joins Tulane faculty

March 21, 2016

Congratulations to ChBE alumnus Nicholas Sandoval, who has accepted a position as assistant professor in Tulane’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Nich earned his B.S. in chemical engineering from CU-Boulder in 2006 and his PhD in 2011 as part of Ryan Gill’s research group. He most recently worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Delaware.

Best of luck in the Big Easy, Nich!

Tara Lovestead

Alumna Tara Lovestead wins PECASE Award

March 7, 2016

Congratulations to department alumna Tara Lovestead (PhD'04), who is one of only 105 researchers nationwide to earn a 2016 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Tara was advised by Chris Bowman and now works for the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a Research Chemist. Great job, Tara!

Michael McAtee

Mike McAtee to Receive Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award

February 16, 2016

CU Boulder alumnus Mike McAtee wasn’t particularly interested in science as a high school student at Columbine High School. In fact, he reluctantly enrolled in chemistry his junior year only because he knew his preferred colleges would expect science courses on his transcript.

More than 30 years later, McAtee credits that class, and the dutiful instruction of teacher Wayne Vargo, for setting him on the path to success as a chemical engineer.

Kristen Potter Bradley

Circling Back to Boulder

October 15, 2015

From biofuels in the Bay Area to biomedical devices in Boulder, alumna Kristen (Potter) Bradley (ChemBioEngr ’10) has come full circle.

Bradley currently works at Medtronic’s (formerly Covidien) Tissue Research Lab in Boulder as a Development Engineer.

Danielle Benoit

Alum Danielle Benoit Selected as 2015 Young Innovator by the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Journal

August 21, 2015

Danielle Benoit (PhD ChemEngr’06), a former doctorate student under the advisement of Professor Kristi Anseth, was chosen by the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Journal as a 2015 Young Innovator.

Jia Wei Chew

Alum Jia Wei Chew Receives 2015 Singapore Youth Award

August 5, 2015

ChBE alumnae Jia Wei Chew has received Singapore’s highest accolade for youth, the 2015 Singapore Youth Award (SYA).


Alum Alex von Allmen Launches Kickstarter for Startup iFresh

August 4, 2015

When not consulting for ExxonMobil and Shell, alumnus Alexander von Allmen (ChemEngr'12) devotes time to making life a little fresher. von Allmen recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his new company iFresh LLC, which uses smartphones to control environmentally friendly air fresheners that connect to HVAC systems.


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