You are cordially invited to attend the University of Michigan 7th Annual Chemical Engineering Graduate Symposium in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library to be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018. This event brings together graduate students, faculty, and industry representatives to discuss the innovative research conducted by our department and provides an opportunity to build relationships between our department and the industrial sector.
The full-day event showcases our department’s research through several poster and oral presentations given by graduate students. These presentations are accompanied by lectures from two keynote speakers, Professor Darrell Irvine and Dr. James Waldecker, and networking breaks, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Finally, the day concludes by recognizing the exceptional students in our department. Awards are given for service, teaching, research, and the best oral and poster presentations.
In the past, this symposium has been successful in showcasing the excellent research conducted in our department to industry partners and we look forward to another great event in September.
For more information about the graduate symposium, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Symposium Program (PDF)
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library is at 1000 Beal Avenue on North Campus
Darrell Irvine, Ph.D., is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He also serves on the steering committee of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard. His research is focused on the application of engineering tools to problems in cellular immunology and the development of new materials for vaccine and drug delivery. Current efforts are focused on problems related to vaccine development for HIV and immunotherapy of cancer. This interdisciplinary work has been recognized in numerous awards, including a Beckman Young Investigator award, an NSF CAREER award, selection for Technology Review’s ‘TR35’, election as a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and appointment as an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is the author of over 70 publications, reviews, and book chapters and an inventor on numerous patents.
Dr. James Waldecker is a technical expert at Ford Motor Company in the area of fuel cell systems, specializing in fuel cell stack membrane electrode assembly (MEA) technology. He is also the supervisor of Ford’s MEA Research Team. His work at Ford has covered a variety of topics including membrane degradation and contamination, GDL characterization, MEA benchmarking, the use of in-situ diagnostics for understanding voltage loss breakdown, identification of stack failures, development of novel catalysts for oxygen reduction, rotating disk electrode experiments for catalyst screening, and development of accelerated stress tests for understanding failure of MEA components. He has been a member of the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) Fuel Cell Tech Team since 2006, and served a term as industry co-chair on the FreedomCAR Fuel Cell Tech Team from 2007 to 2009. Prior to working at Ford, Dr. Waldecker received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan in 2000, studying the electrochemical stability of early transition metal nitrides. From 2000 to 2002, he was a research engineer in pilot-scale catalyst development at ExxonMobil Chemical in Baytown, Texas. From 2002 to 2004, he worked at NASA Glenn Research Center on novel membranes for low temperature fuel cells.