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ChE Seminar – “Advancing Manufacturers Competitiveness Through Smart Manufacturing” by Dr. Jim Wetzel (Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute)

Hosts: Dr. Michael Baldea and Dr. Thomas Edgar


The word Smart Manufacturing is gaining the world’s attention. The Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute has been launched with support from the Department of Energy, learn how this  institute is  advancing manufacturing in the US, its goals and plans.  I will also go into detail … Read the rest »

April 9 @ 9:30 amApril 9 @ 10:30 amNHB 1.720
Start: April 9 @ 9:30 am
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The ChE Graduate Leadership Council Presents: “Photoresponsive hydrogels for studying and directing organoid formation” by Dr. Kristi Anseth

Host: The ChE Graduate Leadership Council


During morphogenesis, flat cell layers buckle and branch to form three dimensional structures that develop into complex tissues.  Many of these processes are intimately coupled to the underlying extracellular matrix properties and the ability of the matrix to resist cell-generated traction forces.  To study such dynamic events requires … Read the rest »

May 7 @ 9:30 amMay 7 @ 10:30 amNHB 1.720
Start: May 7 @ 9:30 am
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ChE Pirkey Seminar – “Recent Adventures with Porous Materials: Triggered Release and Anti-aging Membranes” by Dr. Matthew Hill (Monash University)


Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) show unprecedented capacity to store small molecules, however, the proposed methods to release these molecules are not yet feasible at a meaningful scale, largely due to the strong binding of stored molecules and the thermally insulating nature of the adsorbent. For example, carbon capture (and release and subsequent storage) from … Read the rest »

May 16 @ 9:30 amMay 16 @ 10:30 amNHB 1.720
Start: May 16 @ 9:30 am
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Houston-Area Alumni Happy Hour

Save the date for this Houston-area alumni event.
July 31 @ 5:30 pmJuly 31 @ 7:30 pmEl Big Bad
Start: July 31 @ 5:30 pm
419 Travis Street
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Seminar: “Metabolic Engineering Strategies for Producing Oleochemicals in Bacteria” by Brian F Pfleger

Finding a sustainable alternative for today’s petrochemical industry is a major challenge facing chemical engineers and society at large. To be sustainable, routes for converting carbon dioxide and light into organic compounds for use as both fuels and chemical building blocks must be identified, understood, and engineered. Advances in metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, and other … Read the rest »

September 3 @ 9:30 amSeptember 3 @ 10:30 amNHB 1.720
Start: September 3 @ 9:30 am
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ALUMNI WEEKEND: Happy Hour at Posse East

Kick off Alumni Weekend with a happy hour gathering feet from campus at a local favorite bar and grill, Posse East. Join us for complimentary drinks and food, networking, and catching up.

Alumni, past and present faculty and staff, and graduate students are invited. RSVP here for all Alumni Weekend events.


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September 5 @ 5:30 pmSeptember 5 @ 7:30 pmPosse East
Start: September 5 @ 5:30 pm
2900 Duval
Austin, TX 78705 United States
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Academy of Distinguished Chemical Engineers Celebration and Banquet

The Academy of Distinguished Chemical Engineers celebration and banquet will be held on Friday, September 6, honoring the 2019 inductees: Rex Bennett, Hongming Chen, James Miller, Michael Piana, and James Rawlings. This ticketed event includes a cocktail hour, an elegant dinner, and a ceremony to celebrate our inductees.

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September 6 @ 6:00 pmSeptember 6 @ 10:00 pmHeadliner’s Club
Start: September 6 @ 6:00 pm
221 West 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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ALUMNI WEEKEND: McKetta Tailgate, UT vs LSU

Annual football tailgate for students, alumni, faculty and friends.
September 7 @ 2:30 pmSeptember 7 @ 5:30 pmCPE front lawn
Start: September 7 @ 2:30 pm
200 E. Dean Keeton
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Seminar: “How can particles with a mass fraction of a few parts per billion have such huge health and climate effects?” by Neil Donahue

Particles concentrate molecules and allow them to have outsized effects once they are large enough to scatter light, activate clouds, and deliver toxicants to the lung. The story of their size and composition is however nuanced and complex.
September 10 @ 9:30 amSeptember 10 @ 10:30 amNHB 1.720
Start: September 10 @ 9:30 am
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Seminar: “Powering the Circular Economy for Fresh Produce: Engineering at Apeel Sciences” by Richard Pattison

Today, 40% of the food grown goes to waste. Apeel Sciences seeks the advice of billions of years of evolution on Earth to solve this problem. They have developed processes to extract, repurpose, and apply the compounds which plants have evolved to construct barriers that slow the rate of water loss and oxidation. When applied … Read the rest »

September 17 @ 9:30 amSeptember 17 @ 10:30 amNHB 1.720
Start: September 17 @ 9:30 am
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