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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Newsletter – Summer 2015

Message From the Director

James PetersenWe hope you enjoy the latest edition of our Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering newsletter.

I find it rewarding and challenging to be leading the school in such exciting times of unprecedented growth. In the past five years, we have built our programs, moved into a new building on campus, equipped new labs, and developed our work in key strategic research areas. Our research support has approximately doubled in the past five years, as has our student enrollment. Our areas of preeminence include energy and environmental applications of catalysis; muscle mechanics and protein engineering; biofilm engineering; and biofuels.

In this newsletter, you will find stories about our groundbreaking catalysis research, the success of our researchers who are developing new products with real impact, and several prestigious grants and awards. Our students are also gaining excellent preparation for their futures and getting ready to change the world, as they develop real-world products and business plans and participate in student competitions. And, as always, our alumni and donors are making a difference with their support of our programs. Our success is made possible by you.

Thank you for your interest and support of the Voiland School. I hope you will drop by when you are on the WSU campus.

James N. Petersen
Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering