The first chemical engineering course at Rensselaer was offered in 1914. This Oct. 9, the college celebrated this important 100-year milestone with demonstrations and activities in Rensselaer chemical engineering labs in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS).
In a press release, the college set the scene: "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."
Among the research projects presented were:
- 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 enable microbes to communicate with one other, so they can coordinate when carrying our 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
2014/10/08/celebrating-100- years-chemical-engineering- rensselaer and cbe.rpi.edu/centennial.
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