Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

News and Event Archives

News and Event Archives

Zavier McLean, a ChE freshman, starred as Princeton in CSU's production of Avenue Q

A freshman in the Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department recently starred as Princeton in Avenue Q. The play ran from October 27th to November 6th at the Allen Theatre. Zavier McLean played Princeton...

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John Juchnowski won second place at the Undergraduate Student Poster Session

John Juchnowski, an undergraduate researcher co-advised by Jessica Bickel and Christopher Wirth, won an award for his research poster at the Undergraduate Student Poster Session this week at AIChE. The international meeting... 


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Departmental seminar series list available for the spring 2017 semester.

Welcome all students and faculty! The Chemical and Biomedical Engineering office is please to host six guest speakers this spring. Information on the speakers...

Annual Bell Lectureship in honor of Dr. Harvey announced.

The Thomas Bell Lectureship in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering has been established in honor of former CSU chemical engineering faculty member, Dr. Donald J. Harvey as a result of a generous donation from CSU alumnus Mr. Thomas Bell. The inaugural Bell Lecture...

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Seminar series on Good Design Practices for GMP Pharmaceutical Facilities, sponsored by Xellia Pharmaceuticals USA, LLC.

This semester Xellia Pharmaceuticals and AIChE are sponsoring a series of FREE classes. These sessions are open to all engineering disciplines with an emphasis for chemical, mechanical, electical, and structural engineers. The sessions will...


Engineers help patients breathe easier

An estimated 12.7 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Researchers at Invacare Corporation and CSU have teamed up to transform the future of oxygen therapy. Led by Professors Ungarala and Talu, this team aims to address the technical challenges that many oxygen users face today, and delivering on Invacare’s brand promise for millions of COPD patients - Making Life’s Experiences Possible.

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Dr. Lee's work published in Nature Communications

Dr. Moo-Yeal Lee's article “High-throughput and combinatorial gene expression on a chip for metabolism-induced toxicology screening,” was published recently in the prestigious journal Nature Communications. Dr. Lee and his colleagues report on their development of the"TeamChip" (or Transfected Enzyme and Metabolism Chip). Their new microarray biochip can mimic drug metabolism in human livers and predict likely adverse drug reactions.

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Congratulations Dr. Gatica !

Dr. Gatica honored at the Latino Awards Recognition Luncheon.

CSU celebrated the 23rd Annual Hispanic Awareness Month with the 2013 Latino Awards Recognition Luncheon. Outstanding members of CSU's Latino community were honored, including our department faculty member, Dr. Jorge Gatica, for being a mentor to minority students and his service as a CSU-Esperanza liaison.

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Congratulations Dr. Talu !

Professor Orhan Talu, was recently inducted into the National Academy of Inventors

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Congratulations to two of Our Faculty !

Professors Belovich and Talu were recognized ...

CSU suffered a loss when the Vikings fell to Milwaukee, but the Wolstein Center also saw a win for the university as 12 faculty inventors were honored during halftime for their newly minted patents. Inventors from the College of Engineering included our own Drs. Joanne Belovich and Orhan Talu among others ...

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Congratulations Becky !

Our Secretary Ms. Rebecca (Becky) Laird, was honored at the 2011 University Convocation Ceremony with the 2011 Distinguished Service Award for Professional and Classified Staff.

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ABE Doctoral student elected as Student Representative for the Executive Council of the International Society of Biomechanics

Graduate student Ediuska Laurens was elected as the student representative on the 2007-09 Executive Council of the International Society of Biomechanics. She was chosen over students from Australia, England and Case Western Reserve University. This July, she will represent students from all over the world when she attends her first ISB meeting in Taipei.

Laurens is a second-year doctoral student in the Applied Biomedical Engineering program, a collaborative effort between Cleveland State and the Cleveland Clinic. She does her research at the Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute in the laboratory of biomedical engineer Dr. Tony Calabro. Her area of expertise is using hydrogels as a basis for tissue-engineered devices to replace human tissues.

Laurens holds a master’s degree from SUNY-Buffalo. A native of Venezuela, she is the first person from South America to serve on the ISB Executive Council.

Dr. Tewari’s Scientific Study Flights with NASA

August 14, 2009

Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Surendra Tewari’s research on the solidification of single-crystal castings gains national scientific prominence

For the last eight years, NASA has seen a significant reduction in federal funding for conducting scientific experiments in outer space. But on August 24, the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery will take six experiments to the International Space Station Freedom’s U.S. Laboratory Module Destiny for low gravity experiments to be conducted by astronauts aboard, and CSU Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Professor Surendra N. Tewari is at the forefront of the U.S. scientific experimentation.

The NASA expedition is part of a collaborative research program with the European Space Agency (ESA). In this first series of six materials science experiments to be conducted on the Space Station, two are U.S.-based and four are European. The U.S. team, consisting of Professor David Poirier and Professor Robert Erdmann (University of Arizona), Professor Tewari (CSU), and Dr. Frank Szofran (NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center), is studying variances in the crystallization of metals in space and on earth.

These experiments aim to understand to what extent convection (the transfer of heat by movement of fluid), which is always present on earth, is responsible for creating defects in castings, and what happens to these defects when solidification is allowed to occur in the significantly reduced convection environment of space. These experiments will examine how single-crystal dendritic castings solidify differently in space, and how growth speed changes influence their grain structure. Single-crystal castings are critical components in high-temperature gas-turbine engines that are used in high-speed aircraft and land-based power turbines.

The technological significance of these experiments is that they will provide the scientific foundation to understanding and controlling how single-crystal castings solidify. It is hypothesized that in space, the single-crystal castings will solidify with more order and less defects. The knowledge generated from these experiments will be helpful for the casting industry in improving the processing behavior and eliminating defects, thus reducing the number of manufactured items that have to be rejected.

Destiny is the primary research laboratory for U.S. payloads, supporting a wide range of experiments and studies contributing to health, safety and quality of life for people all over the world. Science conducted on the Station offers researchers an unparalleled opportunity to test physical processes in the absence of gravity. The results of these experiments will allow scientists to better understand our world and ourselves and prepare us for future missions, perhaps to the Moon and Mars.

Dr. Tewari is available to discuss his research. To arrange an interview or for more information, contact the CSU University Marketing Office at 216.523.7279.


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Lubrizol Awards two Scholarships to Chemical & Biomedical Engineering Students

Congratulations to Cathleen O'Grady (Junior) and Frank Marealle (Junior) .The Lubrizol Scholarship recipients for the AY 2006-07

Dr. Orhan Talu Receives 2006 Distinguished Faculty Research Award

Dr. Orhan Talu was recently honored as a recipient of Cleveland State University's 2006 Distinguished Faculty Research Award. Dr. Talu joined the University in 1986. Since then, he has been awarded over $3.8 million in grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, NASA, the state of Ohio, industrial companies and other sources for his research in adsorption kinetics, wastewater treatment, and the synthesis and characterization of novel materials. His work encompasses both fundamental and applied aspects of engineering. World-renown in his field, Dr. Talu holds four patents, has published 46 peer-reviewed manuscripts, has made over 100 presentations at national and international meetings, and chaired the Eighth International Conference of Fundamentals of Adsorption

Distinguished Faculty
(seated l-r) Kathleen Benghiat, Orhan Talu, Andrew Gross, Eileen Berlin Ray, (standing l-r) Michael Schwartz, Donald Ramos, Leo Jeffres, Darlene Hill, Pamela Charity, Njeri Nuru-Holm.

Welcome Back to School Picnic on 9th september 2006

Who: Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Students, CHE and BME Faculty and Staff

What: Welcome Back to School Picnic 

When: Saturday, September 9, 2006 (Preferred Date)

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Place: Edgewater Park, Cleveland (lower level near the picnic pavilion,
the beach and willow tree)

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Luginbuhl Receives Cecil N. Coleman Medal

Fifty-nine times during her Viking playing career, Grace Luginbuhl walked off the mound a winner. The Lima, Ohio native may have picked up her biggest win on Thursday (June 29,2006) when she was named as one of two recipients of the Cecil N. Coleman Medal. Luginbuhl joins men's honoree, UW-Milwaukee distance runner Josh Nygren in receiving the award. Grace Luginbuhl

Becky Laird receives Kaizen Award for 2006

Kaizen Award Program is to encourage staff who strive for incremental (sometimes very substantial) improvement in activities to support both our students and faculty.

Unit Operations Lab Upgraded

The unit operations lab has been gradually upgraded with the addition of new experiments. The laboratory that accompanies the course Reaction Kinetics now has use of a tubular reactor, a stirred tank that can operate in open-loop or with a control loop, a batch reactor, and a catalytic reactor for the analysis of enzymatic reactions. A fuel-cell unit and an adsorption unit were also recently added to the unit ops lab. Students now take an additional 1-credit lab course in the fall of junior year in order to get them started in experimental design, statistical data analysis, and report writing.

Integrated Design Experience in the Undergraduate Curriculum

The department is continuing the use of the Integrated Design Experience (IDE) in our curriculum. This program was initiated to help students integrate the topics from the various courses in the curriculum before they reach the capstone design project in their senior year. Each entering sophomore class is assigned a design project and they work on a small piece of this one project in each of their core courses. During the first semester of Process Design in their senior year, the students integrate their individual projects to develop a complete design. In this way, students start doing design early in the program, and they learn how the design of one subsystem impacts that of the entire project. Student feedback has indicated that the IDE has been successful in helping them integrate the individual course topics into a better understanding of chemical engineering and design.

Faculty Updates

Dr. Orhan Talu has been elected the Vice-President of the International Adsorption Society (IAS), and will become the President of IAS in May 2007.

Dr. Sridhar Ungarala has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.


Applied Biomedical Engineering Alumnus Wins Prestigious Awards

Alvaro Mata (D.Eng in Applied Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland State University, 2005) received the the 2005 IBNAM/Baxter Early Career award. The Baxter Early Career Award was established in 2002 by the Baxter Healthcare Corporation and Northwestern University's Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine (IBNAM) to collaborate on early discovery projects in nanoscience. For details see: Alvaro Mata has also received the Costa Rica Technology Award of 2005 for his dissertation work.

Assistant Professor Receives Award for Best Paper at National Conference

Dr. Sridhar Ungarala has received the “Best Technical Presentation” from the American Control Conference in Boston, MA in 2004 for his paper entitled "Bayesian cell filter for constrained non-Gaussian estimation".

The Lubrizol Foundation Scholarship

The Lubrizol foundation scholarship for the 2005-2006 was awarded to two undergraduate Chemical Engineering students, Mr. Rostyslav Puts and Ms. Ann Trela.