March 6, 2015
ChBE students and alumni mentors met in February at Fate Brewery in Boulder. From left, Andrew Darress (CBEN senior), Adrienne Blum (ChemEngr ‘11), Richard Noack (CHEN junior), Ryon Tracy (ChemEngr ‘12), and Joe Poshusta (ChemEngr PhD‘99).
The ChBE Mentor Program started last February has brought together 108 alumni-student pairs; get involved either as a student or alumni mentor!
March 6, 2015
When the founders of OPX Biotechnologies were formulating the company, they turned to Vern Norviel for help. A patent lawyer who specializes in life science companies and the development of their IP programs, Norviel has been integral in helping launch CU-based startups such as OPX Bio, Click, Suvica, AmideBio and BiOptix. He has also endowed a department professorship and is a mentor in the ChBE Mentor Program.
June 11, 2014
Since retiring from ChBE in 1999, Professor Emeritus William (Bill) Krantz has stayed active in the fields of water treatment and desalination.
May 30, 2014
We in the department are often asked about former ChBE faculty and staff: where they are, what they are doing. Below are updates on some of our wonderful former faculty and staff.
Professor Paul Barrick passed away a few years ago in his early 90s.
May 21, 2014
Six months after it was first implemented, ChBE’s mentoring program is proving to be beneficial to student and alumni participants alike.
“This program provides an ideal outlet to give back to the younger generation of engineers and makes you feel great sharing and helping others,” says Jay Witherspoon (ChemEngr’81).
January 14, 2014
When the late John Blakney Jr. enrolled in CU-Boulder’s Chemical and Biological Engineering Department (ChBE) in 1950, he started a family tradition.
Four Blakney family members spanning three generations have obtained degrees from the department, including patriarch John Blakney Jr.(BS ChE’54 and BU’54); his son John Blakney III (BS ChE’81) and daughter Susan Blakney (BS ChE’85); and most recently John III’s daughter Anna Blakney (BS ChBE’12).
August 27, 2013
Kris Thunhorst received her PhD in 1998 under the direction of Professors Chris Bowman and Rich Noble. Now a Senior Research Specialist in 3M’s Industrial Adhesives and Tape (IATD) Division, she serves as the Technical Program Manager for the Compressed Natural Gas Pressure Vessel Product portfolio.
August 27, 2013
During their monthly lunches at Murphy’s, ROMEOS members have solved major problems such as how to balance the federal budget, achieve peace in the Middle East, and get the two political parties to work together. As member Bill Krantz attests, “These were relatively easy for our experienced group.”
May 28, 2013
Arun Tholudur received his PhD in 1998 under the direction of ChBE Professor Fred Ramirez, exploring advanced modeling and optimization techniques applied to bioprocesses. Specifically, he investigated artificial neural networks in combination with fundamental mass balance equations to model cell growth and protein production. These networks were coupled with dynamic programming algorithms to maximize protein production.
March 26, 2013
CU alum Heath Briggs (ChemEngr '97) was recently named to the Denver Business Journal's Forty under 40 list. Awardees include up-and-coming leaders who are recognized for their business success and community contributions.