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Department News

Tony Cui, a junior undergraduate student majoring in chemical engineering and chemistry, has been awarded the Genentech U.S. Biologics Technical Development (USBTD) Outstanding Student Award for 2015. Cui received the $2,500 award in recognition of his scholastic achievement and passion for biotechnology. The award also includes an optional three-month internship at Genentech in San Francisco, California. The mission of USBTD is to design, develop, scale up and implement cost-effective production systems and technologies for therapeutic drug candidates to fulfill the demands of Genentech’s Research, Development, Commercial and Production Operations groups.

The new Gore Annex, a 40,000-square-foot expansion to Amundson Hall, was made possible through generous donations from Bob (Ph.D. ChemE '63) and Jane Gore and The Dow Chemical Company. In addition, Valspar Corporation funded a new 3,000-square-foot materials science and engineering laboratory located in the Gore Annex. Watch the video to learn more about how the Gore Annex will create a legacy of success in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

A grand opening of the Gore Annex, a 40,000-square-foot expansion of Amundson Hall, named for alumnus Bob Gore (Ph.D. ChemE' 63) and Jane Gore, was held on November 7, 2014 in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS). Invited guests were able to tour several new research and teaching laboratories in the new Gore Annex. This expansion allows CEMS to respond to an increasing demand from highly qualified students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as hire additional faculty members in the department.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting was held on the balcony of the Gore Annex prior to the grand opening event. Featured in the photo (from left to right) are: Karen Haman (CEMS graduate student), Frank Bates (CEMS faculty), Florian Schattenmann (The Dow Chemical Company), Dan Frisbie (CEMS Department Head), Bob Gore, Jane Gore, Eric W. Kaler (President, University of Minnesota), the Honorable Patricia Simmons (University of Minnesota Board of Regents), Cynthia Arnold (Valspar Corporation), Steven L. Crouch (Dean, College of Science and Engineering), and Jeff Ting (CEMS graduate student).

Professor C. Daniel Frisbie has been appointed as Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) effective July 1, 2014. Regents Professor Frank S. Bates previously served in that role for 15 years. Frisbie, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, has been a faculty member in CEMS since 1994 and served as a Director of Graduate Studies for Materials Science and Engineering from 2004 to 2013. Congratulations Dan!