Rensselaer's first chemical engineering course was offered in 1914. Now Oct. 9, in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, RPI celebrated this important 100-year milestone by offering demonstrations and activities in the Rensselaer chemical engineering labs, as well as the opportunity to speak with the college's faculty, researchers and students.
A century ago, Rensselaer faculty, students and alumni helped shape the young field of chemical engineering. They used their talent and ingenuity to find new ways of using, manufacturing and refining a range of chemicals.
Today, Rensselaer faculty and students use many of the same techniques to address the major challenges before us: clean water for everyone, personalized health care, energy security, space travel, sustainability and climate change.
Visitors to the labs Oct. 9 could see chemical engineering faculty and students in action. Several laboratories and research projects were shown, including:
Drug Delivery to the Brain: Researching ways to get drugs past the blood-brain barrier to help treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other diseases.
Talking Germs: Researching ways to let microbes communicate with one other, so they can coordinate when carrying out complex tasks.
Separating DNA with Waves: Developing a device that uses a combination of fluid flows and electric fields to manipulate and separate double-stranded DNA molecules
More information is at: http://news.rpi.edu/content/2014/10/08/celebrating-100-years-chemical-engineering-rensselaer and http://cbe.rpi.edu/centennial.
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