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Tenure-Track Lecturer Position Opening

November 18, 2019

Applications are invited for a Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment or Lecturer with Security of Employment position in the department of Chemical Engineering at UC Davis. The successful candidates will be outstanding educators and should provide evidence of effective and innovative teaching in chemical and/or biochemical engineering. In addition to teaching courses, candidates are expected to lead the development and assessment of a new Master of Engineering(MEng) program in chemical engineering.

How Important Is Speech in Transmitting Coronavirus?

April 02, 2020
Normal speech by individuals who are asymptomatic but infected with coronavirus may produce enough aerosolized particles to transmit the infection, according to aerosol scientists at the University of California, Davis. Although it’s not yet known how important this is to the spread of COVID-19, it underscores the need for strict social distancing measures.

Karen McDonald receives TRISH grant to study just-in-time medications for space exploration

January 14, 2020

Chemical engineering professor Karen McDonald and her team have received funding to develop plant-based methods for producing FDA-approved drugs in under 24 hours for use in deep space. The proposal, “A Plant-Based Platform for ‘Just in Time’ Medications” is one of six to receive of a two year, $800,000 Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) grant from the Baylor College of Medicine.

Ph.D. student Michael Bull receives UC Laboratory Research Fellowship

December 30, 2019

Chemical engineering Ph.D. student Michael Bull recently received an In-Residence Graduate Fellowship from the UC Laboratory Research Fees Program. Bull will receive a stipend and mentoring from researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico while conducting research both at the national laboratory and at UC Davis in professor Tonya Kuhl’s laboratory.

Talking loudly may be a factor in airborne disease transmission

December 20, 2019

A new study from UC Davis found that the louder people talk, the more airborne particles they emit, making loudness a potential factor in spreading airborne diseases. The study, led by chemical engineering Ph.D. student Sima Asadi in professor William Ristenpart’s group, looked at particle emission during speech as a function of loudness, among other factors.

John Wasson '84 named CEO of ICF

December 03, 2019
Chemical engineering alumnus John Wasson ’84 was named CEO of the global consulting firm ICF on October 1. Being named CEO is the next step in Wasson’s long and successful career at ICF.

Fluid Mechanics Pioneer: Professor Emeritus Stephen Whitaker

November 26, 2019
Growing up in California’s Carmel woods, near Carmel-by-the-Sea, chemical engineering emeritus professor Stephen Whitaker began his path toward UC Davis as a chemistry major at UC Berkeley in the 1950s. He was intrigued by the principle of ‘lost work,’ in fluid mechanics a scenario in which “everyone knows what it is, but nobody knows how to prove it,” said Whitaker.

Job Opening: Junior Specialist in the McDonald/Nandi Lab

November 04, 2019
The McDonald/Nandi Lab is hiring a junior specialist. Apply by Friday, November 15 at 11:59 p.m. PST to be considered. Description

This position will work on the project entitled “Growth, Viability, Stability, Purification, and Characterization of Ricecalli Expressing Recombinant Proteins.” The appointee will work under the supervision of Professors Somen Nandi and Karen McDonald as well as all members of McDonald-Nandi lab group in Department of Chemical Engineering, UC Davis.