A Chemical and Biological Engineering Center is part of the new Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, opened in spring 2012 on CU-Boulder's East Campus. A campaign to raise $10 million in private and corporate support for the center is critical to the future of our Chemical and Biological Engineering (ChBE) Department, which has seen explosive enrollment growth and therefore the need to move to updated facilities.
Over the past five years, ChBE has seen tremendous growth and excellence in teaching and research:
But there is no more room to grow in the current Engineering Center, now more than 45 years old and suffering from inadequacies such as five students sharing a hood intended for no more than two. Greatly expanded, modern facilities are needed now for cutting-edge chemical and biological technologies and to foster new collaborations between science and engineering.
CU-Boulder's long record of excellence in the areas of biotechnology, chemical and biological engineering, and biochemistry has set the stage for this state-of-the-art research and teaching facility, which is expected to lead to even faster discoveries and greater impact in these life-changing fields.
The facility will house 60 faculty and more than 1,000 students and research and support staff working on advancements ranging from renewable fuels to improved vaccines, tissue engineering, and other projects with significant potential to improve human health and well-being. For example:
Repairing knee cartilage — Distinguished Professor Kristi Anseth is a pioneer in the area of tissue engineering, developing promising techniques for healing injured cartilage, mending broken bones, and even repairing defective heart valves. She has been honored by AIChE as one of the top 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era and has been elected as one of the youngest members of the National Academy of Engineering.
Converting agricultural wastes to liquid fuels using the sun's energy — Professor Alan Weimer's 16 years of industry leadership inform his work on solar-thermal reaction processes—and his role as executive director of the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels, whose partner universities, companies, and federal labs develop sustainable energy resources and technology.
Creating vaccines for malaria and other therapeutic drugs with global impact — Professor Ted Randolph partners with the School of Pharmacy to improve the storage and effectiveness of protein-based drugs that treat diseases such as cancer. He co-founded Barofold, Inc., honored as the Bioscience Company of the Year by the CU Technology Transfer Office.
Your support will ensure that these and other major advancements continue by providing the facilities for our faculty and students to carry out their research. All other departments and programs in engineering will benefit from increased space with the relocation of the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department. Join us in this very important campaign.
Keep up with the latest news about the college by reading the 2013 issue of CUEngineering magazine online.