Proceedings of the Thirty-fifth Annual Biochemical Engineering Symposium

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Gilcrease, Patrick
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Chemical and Biological Engineering

The function of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has been to prepare students for the study and application of chemistry in industry. This focus has included preparation for employment in various industries as well as the development, design, and operation of equipment and processes within industry.Through the CBE Department, Iowa State University is nationally recognized for its initiatives in bioinformatics, biomaterials, bioproducts, metabolic/tissue engineering, multiphase computational fluid dynamics, advanced polymeric materials and nanostructured materials.

The Department of Chemical Engineering was founded in 1913 under the Department of Physics and Illuminating Engineering. From 1915 to 1931 it was jointly administered by the Divisions of Industrial Science and Engineering, and from 1931 onward it has been under the Division/College of Engineering. In 1928 it merged with Mining Engineering, and from 1973–1979 it merged with Nuclear Engineering. It became Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2005.

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1913 - present

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  • Department of Chemical Engineering (1913–1928)
  • Department of Chemical and Mining Engineering (1928–1957)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering (1957–1973, 1979–2005)
    • Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (2005–present)

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The 35th Annual Biochemical Engineering Symposium was hosted by the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. This symposium series was started in 1971 by Professors Larry E. Erickson of Kansas State University and Peter J. Reilly, now of Iowa State University. I first attended this symposium in 1992, and have continued to participate over the years, first as graduate student at Colorado State University, and now as a faculty member at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. I have found it to be an ideal forum for graduate students researching the various areas of biochemical engineering, as it provides a peer audience outside the home institution that is less intimidating than those at a national professional meeting. It also provides valuable networking opportunities both during the meeting and at the social picnic, which took place at scenic Mount Rushmore National Monument this year. The objectives of the symposium are to provide an opportunity for students to present and publish their work, and provide a forum for informal discussion of biochemical engineering research being conducted at the participating universities. Twelve of the papers presented at the symposium are included in these proceedings. Because final publication usually takes place in refereed journals, these papers are typically less detailed and often represent works in progress.


Automated docking to explore processivities of Family 6 cellobiohydrolases and endoglucanases - Blake Mertz, Anthony D. Hill, Chandrika Mulakala, and Peter J. Reilly, Iowa State University

Use of meta-proteomics as a tool to detect stress-related changes in microbial communities - C.M.R. Lacerda and K. F. Reardon, Colorado State University

The mechanism of processive enzymes: experimental and computational techniques - Luis Petersen, Chandrika Mulakala, and Peter J. Reilly, Iowa State University

Extruder pretreatment of ponderosa pine to enhance cellulose hydrolysis - Katherine A. Standish, Muralidhar R. Mall em, David J. Dixon, and Patrick C. Gilcrease, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Enhancing methane production from Powder River basin coal - Michael S. Green and Patrick C. Gilcrease, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Field demonstration ofbioremediation for a tetrachloroethylene contaminated site - S. Santharam, J. Ibbini, L. C. Davis, and L. E. Erickson, Kansas State University

Effect of cheese whey on anaerobic dechlorination of tetrachloroethene (PCE) - J. lbbini, L. C. Davis, and L. E. Erickson, Kansas State University

Pore size distribution of ultrafiltration membranes: measurement, modeling, and application - Shane Bower and Ranil Wickramasinghe, Colorado State University

Effect of potassium ferricyanide on sunflowers (Helianthus annuus_L. cv. HySun521) - D. L. Ngaba, L. C. Davis, A. J. Dickinson, and L. E. Erickson, Kansas State University

Design, production, and isolation of the Family 44 glycoside hydrolase, Clostridium acetobutylicum endoglucanase - Taran Shilling, Christopher Warner, and Peter J. Reilly, Iowa State University

Utilizing environmental knowledge and assessment tool and geographic information system databases in a human health risk assessment study - Clinton Whiteley, Lynette Vera, Larry Erickson, Leslie Jamka, Eric Bernard, Amit Kesarwani, and John Pickrell, Kansas State University

Photocatalytic oxidation ofbioaerosols and volatile organic compounds in air by using titanium dioxide - Lynette Vera, Larry Erickson, Ronaldo Maghirang, and Kenneth Klabunde, Kansas State University