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Course 10 News for February, 2000

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Faculty Distinctions

Biotechnology and Bioengineering Selects Cooney Article For Commemorative 40th Anniversary Edition

Congratulations to Professor Charles Cooney, whose article for the journal Biotechnology and Bioengineering, "Measurement of Heat Evolution and Correlation with Oxygen Consumption during Microbial Growth" (11269-281, 1968) was recently selected for republication in their upcoming 40th anniversary commemorative issue, due out in March, 2000.

Articles chosen to appear in this Anniversary Edition had to meet one or more of the following criteria: they were seminal works, represented or contributed to a breakthrough or major advance, opened new lines of inquiry, or had an exceptionally far-reaching or long-lasting impact.

In honor of his selection, Professor Cooney has been invited to speak about this paper at a special gathering at the upcoming March 27th ACS meeting in San Francisco.

For more about Biotechnology and Bioengineering, visit

Hammond Receives Bose Teaching Award

MIT Engineering Dean Thomas Magnanti and Bose Corporation founder and MIT EECS Professor Amar Bose were on hand at the faculty meeting on Monday January 31st, to present the Bose Teaching Award for Jr. Faculty to ChemE Professor Paula Hammond. Hammond will also be recognized for receiving this award at the Institute-wide awards presentation to be held in May.

In his comments, Dean Magnanti commended Professor Hammond for her innovative and creative teaching initiatives including her Saturday morning science and engineering program for children seven to twelve years old.

This award was established in 1995 to complement the original Bose Award by recognizing excellent contributions from the junior faculty of the School of Engineering. It is awarded annually, and the winner is chosen after consideration of junior faculty from many departments.

Hearty congratulations to Professor Hammond on being selected for this highly respected award!

For more about Professor Hammond visit her Web page at

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Grad Student Distinctions

Yu Receives CRS-Dow Corning Outstanding Research Award

ChemE Grad Student Betty Yu, whose paper, "Visualization and Quantification of Transdermal Chemical Enhancement using Two-Photon Microscopy", was presented at the 26th International Symposium on Controlled Release of Bioactive Materials last June in Boston, has been selected to receive the 1999 Controlled Release Society (CRS)-Dow Corning Graduate Student Outstanding Research Award. Betty will receive the award at the next CRS meeting which is to be held in Paris, from July 7-12, 2000.

Congratulations to Betty on this prominent award!

For information on CRS's upcoming Paris Symposium, visit

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Department News

Alan Michaels '44, Bioengineering Innovator and Department Benefactor

ChemE mourns the loss of one of its most dedicated supporters Alan Michaels, who passed away on January 16th. Alan has been an important part of the Department's life since the 1940's, when he received his SB (1944), MSCEP (1947), and Sc.D. (1948), all in chemical engineering. Alan subsequently joined the MIT faculty and worked with 'Doc' Lewis and E. A. Hauser in the teaching of colloid chemistry. After a year in industry (1950), he returned to MIT to assume the position as co-Director of the Soil Stabilization Laboratory, a new collaborative effort between the Departments of Chemical and Civil Engineering. In 1962, Alan founded Amicon Corporation; he left MIT in 1966 to serve as its president.

Alan Michaels' research interests at MIT were innovative and diverse, including colloid phenomenon, soil mechanics, and polymer permeability and its dependence upon polymer structure. His effort pioneered the development of "permselective" polymeric membranes, which led to the current great interest in membrane separation processes in the chemical process industry.

Alan's many honors and awards include election as a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. In addition, he has had several distinguished academic appointments as well as industrial/scientific advisor positions for the food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries.

Alan Michaels was a pioneer in the application of chemical engineering principles to bioengineering. His leadership in forging cross-disciplinary collaboration between the medical and life sciences and chemical engineering has been recognized by the creation of the Alan S. Michaels Distinguished Lectureship in Medical and Biological Engineering. This lectureship, which began in 1995, has served as a forum for distinguished engineers and scientists in academia in industry to share their views on research and development in biomedical engineering and bioengineering.

Alan's family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Alan S. Michaels Fund at MIT (3157600), which was created by contributions from corporations, colleagues, and students in honor of Alan. This fund has been used to sponsor the Alan S. Michaels Lectureship. Funeral services for Alan Michaels were held on January 20th, in Brookline.

Alan will be sorely missed by his many friends and colleagues at MIT.

Margaret H. Rousseau '37, First Woman to Receive Doctorate From MIT ChemE

ChemE was saddened by the recent passing of a remarkable graduate, Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau '37, of Weston, MA.

Mrs. Rousseau, a retired engineer and consultant, died in her home on Jan 12th, 2000. She was 89.

Born in Houston, Mrs. Rousseau received a bachelor's degree from Rice University in 1932. In 1937, she was the first woman to earn a doctorate in chemical engineering from MIT.

Mrs. Rousseau was employed at E.B. Badger and Stone & Webster, where she designed units to recover and purify sulfur dioxide alcohol and high octane gasoline used by fighter planes in World War II. She also designed processes for chemical, petrochemical and petroleum installations, including the first commercial penicillin plant during World War II.

In 1945, Mrs. Rousseau was the first woman elected to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She received the Achievement Award from the Society of Woman Engineers in 1955 and was the first woman to receive the Founders Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 1983.

Mrs. Rousseau became an amateur artist and was an overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra upon her retirement in 1961.

She was the wife of the late William Rousseau, who was a Senior Lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department, and leaves her son, William H. Rousseau of Weston and three granddaughters.

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Department News

ChemE Welcomes Visiting Associate Professor Susan Muller

We're happy to welcome Professor Susan Muller to the department. Susan joins us as a Visiting Associate Professor from U. C. Berkeley, and will be staying with us for the duration of her sabbatical through December 2000. Susan will be teaching 10.50 this spring semester.

Feel free to drop in and welcome Susan to the Department, or drop her a line!

Visiting Associate Professor Susan Muller
Office: 66-456
Phone: (617) 253-4534
EMail: or

ChemE Holiday Party Delivers!

by Greg Sands

On Friday December 10th, 1999, Building 66 echoed with laughter, singing and dancing! Was it exotic nerve gas? An airborne hallucinogen?

No, just ChemE's annual GSC holiday party! Thanks to the efforts of many, particularly Ahmed Ismail, Geoff Moeser and Steve Weiss, the department presented an outstanding evening of holiday fun including skits, games, carol singing and of course, eating! But before the eating, came the Skits -- satirical vignettes, presented by staff, students and faculty. Held in the Media Lab, this year's skits were high-tech, and the laughs were non-stop.

The Staff presented their own ChemE send-up of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," complete with host and Regis Philbin look-a-like, Josh Freedman. Contestants including "Charlie Cooney" (Greg Sands) and "Alan Hatton" (Steve Malley) answered truly mind-boggling questions in pursuit of cool cash! Thanks to all involved, and especially to Josh for his high-tech enhancements and to Janet Fischerfor captaining the skit committee!

The Austin Powers flick, "The Professor Who Shagged Me" was the First-Years' entry. Complete with groovy theme music, Powers' (Murray Height) signature 60's persona, and the diabolical Dr. Evil (James Taylor), the story finds Dr. Evil seeking to slake his hunger for world domination with such ingenious strategies as the construction of a giant energy bird and the breeding of "partial molar mixing bees"!

Next,the Nth year students' skit focused on a "recruitment" ad for MIT ChemE, complete with one student's (Anish Goel) "Before" and "After" story highlighting his dramatic transformation via such leading lights as Professor Ob Fuskate (Aaron Moment). Near the end, the transformed student proudly announces a distinct "non-trend" when he successsfully documents the second data point of his career! Naturally, an article in "Science," follows, which Professor Fuskate endorses as "a pretty important result!" Matt Lazzara's uncanny "Blankschtein" made a surprise appearance, to promote his second CD! In an inspired sequel to last year's skit, Lazarra's "Blankschtein" sang some samples from his latest, inviting audience participation on such classics as "The Thermo Will Go On", "Thermo-Man" and finally "Living La Vida Blankschtein." Both Lazzara's singing and satirizing made his send-up believable, and kept the audience in stitches!

The Faculty then presented the perfect finale to an evening heavy with ChemE-themed pop-song parodies, with performances alternating between rock tunes by the amazing "Nanostructure Band" (Professor Barry Johnston on guitar/lead vocals, his son Warren on bass, and Department Head Bob Armstrong on drums) and authentic dramatizations depicting faculty with their surprising alter-egos, and students as they "really" are, backwards baseball caps and all! Professors Bob Armstrong, Howard Brenner, Bill Green, Linda Griffith Jean-François Hamel, Paula Hammond, Alan Hatton, Paul Laibinis, C. Michael Mohr, Ken Smith and Jackie Ying among others helped keep the audience laughing!

Congratulations to all the skit participants on an unexcelled evening of high humor!

See the skits at

After the skits, the party moved over to Building 66 for delicious Caribbean favorites by Rhythm and Spice, and an astounding array of finger foods from veggies and hummous, to M&M's and cookies! In addition, the Kiddie Corner in 66-110, featuring pizza, cookie-decorating, and painting, also swung into action! This annual tradition helps make the Holiday Party fun for even the youngest members of the ChemE "family." Javier Femenia, Shoshana Gourdin, and Suniti Moudgil did a superb job keeping the fun going for the kiddos!

Following a visit by our first ever female Santa, Professor Karen Gleason, and Secret Santa Coordinator/Elf Elaine Aufiero, it was time for the annual Course X Baking Contest! Expertly coordinated by Linda Mousseau, this year's entries were so incredible, maybe the judges could have just tossed a coin to decide the winners! Both Santa and Professor Bob Cohen stopped by, but left the savoring to the judges.

  The 1999 Winners  

  Razz-Chocolate Cake: Wendy Koegler  
  Triple Chocolate Cake: Bart Hendriks  
  Almond Bark Cookies: Brian Harms  
  Apple Tart: Bill Dalzell  
  Lemon Meringue Pie: Tim Finegan  

This year's Contest unquestionably set a new standard for next year's contestants. Many thanks to all the very talented bakers, and the real heroes of the event -- the judges! It wasn't easy, but we managed to coerce Josh Freedman, Bill Green, Jeb Keiper, Emmi Snyder, and Farheen Qidar into taking on this singularly daunting task!

Closing out the evening was the traditional ChemE Carol Sing! This year's music (among many other things!) was coordinated by Grad Student Ahmed Ismail, who did a stellar job! Holiday Party '99 Band members included trumpeters Martin Kosto and John Lock, trombonists Stacy Rasgon and Farheen Qidar, tubist Greg Pollock, clarinetists Greg Sands and Hua Tang, pianist Matthew Wong and guitarist Aaron Moment. In addition to providing an unusually large and well-instrumented band, Ahmed, along with fellow singers Andrea Zanzotto, Tom Lancaster, Greg Pollock and pianist Cynthia Lo, gave a sensitive rendering of two vocal quartetpieces: "Carol of the Bells" and "The Wassail Song". The band then performed a Kleizmer-ish arrangement of "Oh Channuka!", before launching into a program of Christmas sing-a-long favorites. The singing was a festive and energetic finish to another great holiday party!

A huge Thank You! to the GSC, and all the students, faculty and staff who worked to make the '99 ChemE Holiday Party the best one yet!

Exciting ChemE Holiday Skit Videos are now viewable at (Requires Quick Time 4.1, which is downloadable at this URL).

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Department Notices

Guidelines For Media Projector Use

The media projector has become a very valuable and sought-after item in the department; as such, we want to set some guidelines for its use. Within a reasonable reservation time-frame, priority will be given as follows:

  1. Classes offered by Course 10
  2. Ph.D. thesis defense
  3. Thesis committees
  4. Research group use

We will do our best to follow the above priority. However, with last-minute requests (e.g. 2 hours or less before the meeting) that do not permit alternative arrangements, we may not be able to meet the request.

Please remember to call or EMail Patsy Sampson for questions or reservations:

Phone: 253-4562

Registrar's Office Class Listings Update

The Registrar's office has just distributed the latest lists for each class offered by the department. These are being distributed now in your mail folders. Please also make use of the Web class listings at

Please note that the hardcopy lists are still preliminary. Changes that occurred during Registration Day may not be reflected yet.

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Pre-Doctoral Opportunities

Research Engineer
Research and Development Department
Miller Brewing Company
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Qualifications: Seeking a highly-innovative scientist (advanced degree strongly preferred, preferably in Chemical or Biochemical Engineering). Hands-on bench scale, pilot plant, or plant experience and a great desire to analyze and understand results are necessities. Excellent communication skills as well as the ability to communicate with all levels of the organization are essential. The qualified applicant will be thoroughly familiar with separation processes, heat and mass transfer, fluid flow, process control, test method development, pilot plant operations and scale-up, and chemical and biochemical reaction kinetics.

Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities will be to develop or improve new or existing products, packages and processes. Duties will include identification, development, and testing of new and emerging technologies in the field of membrane and other separation processes and development of test methods.

Application Procedure: Send resume/inquiry via EMmail to

For information and an online application for this position, visit

Goldman, Sachs "Women on Wall Street" Conference

Goldman Sachs & Company
Manhattan, NYC, New York

Are you interested in exploring career opportunities for women on Wall Street?

Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities
Research and Strategies

is offering an
Informational Conference
for quantitatively-oriented graduate and undergraduate students

Thursday, February 24, 2000
Goldman Sachs Headquarters in Manhattan

Application Deadline: February 14, 2000

Application Procedure: Please EMail a resume which includes EMail and telephone contact information, expected graduation date, and potential availability for full-time or summer employment to:

Goldman, Sachs will arrange for transportation and lodging for attendees from outside New York City.

For more about career opportunities with Goldman Sachs, visit

Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Division
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
New York, New York

Qualifications: We are looking for people with either advanced or Bachelor's degrees. Investment banks have always hired smart people, irrespective of academic background, but smart people with technical backgrounds can bring a distinct way of thinking to many problems. It is this perspective that we seek.

Responsibilities: Work on a derivatives trading desk and come up with new ways to move the business forward through the vehicles of math and software. Strategists are responsible for:

As a strategist, you will be faced with an endless succession of challenging problems, but your career will depend as much on your ability to convey complex ideas to non-technical customers and colleagues as it will on your programming chops or on your ability to solve partial differential equations on the fly.

For information about career opportunities with Goldman Sachs, visit

Pharmaceutical Research and Development
Merck Research Laboratories
West Point, Pennsylvania

Qualifications Masters, Ph.D. and Post-doctoral applicants having solid technical backgrounds in experimental chemistry, physics, materials science or chemical engineering, in addition to a talent for learning new techniques and an interest in developing interdisciplinary scientific knowledge. Previous experience in an area related to Pharmaceutical Research is not required. Top candidates will be considered for positions throughout the department, but we have a particular need in the Department's Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Formulation Design and Characterization groups for people with the following training:

  1. Materials Science and Engineering
  2. Chemical Engineeing
  3. Physical Chemistry
  4. Physical-Organic Chemistry

What We Do: Our department is a vibrant mixture of people from many disciplines that collaborates to develop stable, effective drug formulations for safety assessment, clinical trials and the market. To do this, we study the physical and chemical properties of drugs and excipients on size scales ranging from single molecules through bulk materials. We then design and process composite materials that constitute tablets, capsules and other unique dosage forms for drug delivery. Though our cross-functional teams investigate basic issues, we enjoy the fact that our work is directly tied to real-world results.

Critical Needs
Fracture Mechanics   Powder Wetting and Adhesion  
Solid-State Thermodynamics   Mass Transfer Through Porous Media  
Scattering and Imaging     Colloid and Surface Chemistry and Physics  
Polymer Chemistry and Physics   Organic Materials Chemistry  

Application Procedure Interested candidates can forward a resume to:

Dr. Udit Batra, Research Fellow
Merck &amap; Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 4, Mail Stop WP78-302
West Point, PA 19486-0004
Phone: (215) 652-4017
Fax: (215) 652-5299

For more about Merck R&D, visit

Global Engineering Program
Northern Institute of Technology (NIT)
Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH)

Eligibility: Bachelor Degree (B.Sc. and B. Eng.) holders and candidates. The challenging Northern Institute of Technology (NIT) academic program is suited for highly-outstanding individuals with a proven track record of both academic and personal achievements.

The Program: For those students who want to go beyond engineering with a high ambition for a leadership position in industry, the NIT and the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH) offer in close cooperation the "Global Engineering Program". Additionally, to participating in the Master's program in engineering Science, the students take classes in Management & Law, Humanities and German language. The program is taught in English.

Closely-linked and fully-sponsored by leading German industries, the NIT can offer two-year scholarships for graduates with a Bachelor's degree (B.Sc. or B. Eng.) interested in pursuing the NIT engineering program in the field of:

Support Provided: All students of the program receive a scholarship covering all tuition and fees, including the language courses and tutor program, free accommodation on or near campus, free access to the NIT sport facilities and some course materials. In some cases, an additional scholarship might be granted to cover the remaining cost of living.

Application Deadline: Application deadline for the term starting August 15th is March 31st, 2000.

Application Procedure: Please contact Charles Moss ( in room 8-303, the DMSE Student Office for more information or contact:

Prof. Jorg Drager
Northern Institute of Technology
Schwarzenbergsraße 95
D-21073 Hamburg
Phone: (011) 49 (40) 428-783098
Fax: (011) 49(40) 428-7282040

For more about NIT/TUHH's Global Engineering Program, visit

Graduate Research Assistantships/Thermal Processing
Thermal Processing Technology Center
Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering Department
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, Illinois

Eligibility: Opportunities exist at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. Students with backgrounds in metallurgical and materials engineering materials science, mechanical engineering, design and manufacturing and controls and sensors are encouraged to apply. Qualifications include a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA and GRE international students should also have a minimum TOEFL score of 550.

Tasks: The research assistants will have the opportunity to perform medium- and long-term research projects of relevance to industry. The project research will be performed at IIT, at the IIT Research Institute (IITRI) and sponsor companies.

Current research projects involve:

Compensation: Students will receive both a highly-competitive stipend and tuition support.

Application Procedure: Interested students should submit a resume to:

Prof. P. Nash, Director
Thermal Processing Technology Center
Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering Department
Illinois Institute of Technology
10 West 32nd Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3793
Phone: (312) 567-3056
Fax: (312) 567-8875

For more about IIT's new Thermal Processing Tech Center, visit

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Post-Doctoral Opportunities

Central Research
Akzo Nobel Chemicals, Inc.,br> Dobbs Ferry, New York

Qualifications: Doctorate required.

Responsibilities: Industrial post-doc position in catalysis; position available immediately.

Application Procedure: Contact

Conrad Zhang
Akzo Nobel Chemicals, Inc.
1 Livingstone Ave.
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Phone: (914) 674-5034
Fax: (914) 693-1782

For more information about Akzo Nobel Chemicals, visit

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Industrial Opportunities

Mathematical Modeling/Statistics
Polymer Science Skill Center
Union Carbide
Bound Brook, New Jersey

Qualifications: Ph.D. required, with background in mathematical modeling and/or statistics. Specific knowledge of reaction kinetics or polymerization processes is not necessary, the new hire would work together with an experienced modeler in the group.

Application Procedure: Please send resume via EMail (Word 7.0/Win95 or earlier format) or postal service to:

Lars Genieser
Union Carbide
Room 480, Bldg. 98
P. O. Box 670
Bound Brook, NJ 08805

For general information about Union Carbide, visit

Research Chemist
Engelhard Corporation
Iselin, New Jersey

Qualifications: The position requires a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry, or materials science, with a specific focus on solid-state chemistry, metal oxide chemistry and synthesis of inorganic materials. We are looking for a highly-innovative individual who can devise creative solutions to problems, and originate new ideas. Candidates must have the background and flexibility to work with a variety of materials and applications.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be involved with projects dealing with chemistry and synthesis of inorganic materials, such as microporous systems, for use as catalysts adsorbents, and other applications.

Application Procedure: Interested candidates should contact:

Ahmad Moini
Engelhard Corporation
101 Wood Avenue
Iselin, NJ 08830
Phone: (732) 205-5094

For more information about Engelhard, visit

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Academic Opportunities

Assistant/Associate Professor (2)
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee

Position #1

Preferred Research/Teaching Foci: Restricted to computational and information sciences specifically molecular modeling/thermodynamics.

Position #2

Preferred Research/Teaching Foci: Same as for Position #1, or:
a) other areas of interest to the department with these areas, including
b) environmental, and natural resources specifically,environmental biotechnology;
c) materials specifically polymer processing and rheology;
d) a combination of a), b) and c) with applications in process control.

Positions 1 & 2

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a doctoral degree in chemical engineering or in a related field with demonstrated chemical engineering experience.

Responsibilities: The successful candidates will be expected to conduct high-quality externally-funded research, to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and provide service to the institution and the profession.

Application Deadline: Screening will begin on February 15, 2000 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Application Procedure: Qualified candidates are invited to visit the UTK net site (see below) and to submit a CV, a summary of projected research activities, and teaching interests, and a list of references in the cover letter to:

Chair, Faculty Search Committee
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Tennessee
419 Dougherty Engineering Bldg.
Knoxville, TN 37996-2200
Phone: (423) 974-2421
Fax: (423) 974 7076

For more information about ChemE at UTK, visit

Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering
Cullen College of Engineering
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

Qualifications: As part of a major "Drive for Excellence", the college seeks innovative and enthusiastic leadership to significantly enhance the educational and research programs of the ChemE Department, as well as to increase its national stature. The successful candidate must possess academic skills and credentials of the highest caliber, with an established national and international reputation in research, and academic and professional leadership in chemical engineering. Credentials appropriate to the rank of Professor are required.

About the Deparment: The department has 12 faculty, 373 undergraduates and 100 graduate students with programs leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in Chemical Engineering. The department is a highly-ranked program with excellent faculty and research programs. It is an active participant in several major centers on campus (the NSF Materials Research Center, the Space Vacuum Epitaxy Center, and the Texas Center for Superconductivity), and has close ties with strong programs in applied mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics.

Application Deadline: The Committee will accept and review applications until the position is filled. The position is available beginning in Fall 2000.

Application Procedure: Send nominations and applications, including a current CV to:

Dr. Stuart A. Long, Chair
ChE Search Committee
Cullen College of Engineering
Office of the Dean
University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-4814
Phone: (713) 743-4200
Fax: (713) 743-4214

For more information about UH's Dept. of ChemE, visit

Faculty - Bioengineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Qualifications: Doctoral degree required. The level of the appointment is open; we will consider qualified recent graduates as well as more experienced candidates. This is part of a large, coordinated hiring plan that will significantly increase the size of our College and Department.

Preferred Research/Teaching Foci: Biochemical Engineering, bioprocessing, metabolic engineering, bioseparations, bioremediation and biological processes in the environment.

Application Procedure: Interested people should submit a letter of intent, the names of three references and a statement of your research and teaching interests to:

Prof. Bruce E. Dale, Chairman
Department of Chemical Engineering
2527 Engineering Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226
Phone: (517) 355-5135
Fax: (517) 432-1105

For more about ChemE at MSU, visit

Manufacturing/Design Engineering Professor
IITRI Professor of Manufacturing

Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Department
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, Illinois

Manufacturing/Design Engineering Professor

Qualifications: Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely-related discipline. Rank of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities include teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, interacting with local industries and professional societies, conducting research and developing external funding. Collaboration with other faculty in the department and in other departments of the university is expected.

Preferred Research/Teaching Foci: Areas of research include (but are not limited to) mechanical design, mechatronics and robotics, rapid prototyping, and manufacturing processes.

Application Deadline: For full consideration, applications should be received by March 1, 2000. The appointment will be effective in August 2000.

Application Procedure: Please send a current CV, a brief description of research and teaching interests, and the names of at least three references to:

Prof. Rollin Dix
IITRI Chair Search Committee
Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engingeering Department
Illinois Institute of Technology
10 West 32nd Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3793
Phone: (312) 567-3056
Fax: (312) 567-8875

For more about MMAE at IIT, visit

Tenure-Track Faculty
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Engineering or equivalent. The University seeks an individual with exceptional promise for, or proven record of, research achievement who will excel in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.

Application Procedure: Interested persons should send a CV, including names of at least three references, to:

Prof. Raymond J. Gorte
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6393
Phone: (215) 898-4439
Fax: (215) 573-2093

For more about Chemical Engineering at U. Penn/Philadelphia, visit

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio

Qualifications: Candidates must possess a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from an ABET-accredited program or equivalent and an earned doctorate in Chemical Engineering or closely-related field. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required, as well as an ability to motivate and inspire students.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to:

  1. Teach and develop undergraduate and graduate chemical engineering courses
  2. Advise undergraduate and graduate students
  3. Develop and maintain an externally-funded research program
  4. Publish in scholarly journals
  5. Interact with the department, university and community

Preferred Research/Teaching Foci: All research areas will be considered.

Application Deadline: Evaluations will begin in March 2000.

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit a complete CV, statement of teaching and research objectives, and the names of three references to:

Prof. Lawrance Flach, Chair
Search Committee
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0246
Phone: (937) 229-2627
Fax: (937) 229-3433

For more about ChemE and MatEng at U. Dayton, visit

Dean of Engineering
Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey


About the College of Engineering at Rowan University

Application Deadline: The Committee will begin reviewing applications on February 7, 2000, and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Procedure: Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of application, a CV, and a list of at least five references (with telephone numbers and EMail addresses) to:

Ralph A. Dusseau, Chair
College of Engineering Search Committee
Office of the Executive Vice President/Provost
Rowan University
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028-1701
Phone: (856)256-5322

For more about Engineering at Rowan University, visit

Assistant Professor (Biomedical Engineering)
Department of Molecular Pharmacology
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

Qualifications: We are seeking a candidate with a Ph.D. or Sc.D. or equivalent degree or an MD-Ph.D. degree interested in pursuing the application of cellular and molecular biology to drug delivery and organ replacement technology. Candidates must combine a biomedical engineering orientation with a working knowledge of both cell culture and recombinant DNA technology. Preference will be given to candidates with an interdisciplinary, applications-oriented focus. The successful candidate will be a member of a newly-formed Center for Biomedical Engineering at Brown University. She or he is expected to be an active participant in an expanding teaching program, which includes undergraduate, graduate and medical student education. Applicants should have at least two years of post doctoral training, or equivalent experience (possibly in industry, and must demonstrate potential to develop an independent externally-funded research program within the 3-4 year time frame. In addition, the candidate must show a potential for immediate productive contribution to existing research programs.

Preferred Research/Teaching Foci: Candidates trained in biomedical engineering, drug delivery, and tissue engineering will be considered provided they have sufficient strengths in cell and molecular biology.

Application Deadline: Applications received prior to March 15, 2000 will receive full consideration.

Application Procedure: Applicants must submit a CV, three letters of reference, a two-page summary of research interests including teaching experience and future research plans, and up to three representative reprints. These materials should be sent to:

Dr. Michael Lysaght, Chair
Biomedical Engineering Search Committee
Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology
Box G-B399
Division of Biology and Medicine
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Phone: (401) 863-3171
Fax: (401) 863-1595
EMail: Michael_Lysaght@Brown.EDU

For more about Biomedical Engineering at Brown, visit

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Bioresource Engineering
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in chemical engineering. A B.S. degree in chemical engineering is desirable. The candidate must value scholastic excellence and have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. Highly-qualified candidates for Associate Professor rank will be considered.

Responsibilities: Excellence and innovation in research are central responsibilities of this position.

Department Research Foci: Preference will be given to candidates who can attract research funding in one or more of the following areas: advanced materials, biochemical and biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, and process synthesis and design. Opportunities exist for collaboration in each of these areas. Research emphasizes such areas as biotechnology, biomedical engineering, process simulation and control, advanced materials and polymer engineering, environmental engineering,and process simulation and control.

Application Deadline: Priority will be given to applications postmarked by February 15; however review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Application Procedure: Please send nominations and applications with supporting documents (resume, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, statement of research and teaching interests, and names, addresses, and phone numbers of four references) to:

Prof. Jim C. Loftis
Faculty Search Committee
Chemical and Bioresource Engineering Department
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1370
Phone: (970) 491-6559
Fax: (970) 491-3827

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Publication Schedule

Your news items, faculty and student distinctions, as well as announcements, job postings and other information for the ChemE community are invited for the upcoming issue! Faculty, staff, students, alumni/ae - what's the latest exciting development in your lab? Perhaps you recently returned from a fascinating trip, professional conference, or participated in an honorary lecture series, or received a notable award. Don't be shy; the Course X community wants to hear the latest about you! Here are the dates for the Spring 2000 issues of the Course X News:

  Issue     Submission  
  March     2/28/2000     3/06/2000  
  April     4/03/2000     4/10/2000  
  May     4/24/2000     5/01/2000  
  June     5/30/2000     6/01/2000  

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Thanks To...

Professor Bob Armstrong, Elaine Aufiero, Professor Charles Cooney, Jack Defandorf, Janet Fischer, Ahmed Ismail, Professor Robert Langer, Professor Douglas Lauffenburger, Patsy Sampson, Emmi Snyder and Professor Jackie Ying for their contributions to this edition of the Course X News!
Submissions for the Course X News should be sent to:

Gregory Sands, Administrative Assistant for Publications
Administrative Services Organization
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 8-328
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 253-0949
Fax: (617) 253-9894