Dear Alumni and Friends,
Our faculty members are studying some of the most challenging problems affecting society today, seeking new ideas and practical solutions to improve the sustainable harnessing of hydrocarbon and electron resources; the manufacture of advanced materials and chemical products; the availability of clean and usable water; and human health.
I am so excited to welcome to our Department many new faculty members this year:
Associate Professor Aditya Mohite (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Assistant Professor Amanda Marciel (U. Chicago)
Assistant Professor Haotian Wang (Harvard U.)
Adjunct Professor Gerald McGlamery (ExxonMobil)
Adjunct Professor Bhagavatula Moorthy (Baylor College of Medicine)
Aditya, Amanda, and Haotian are faculty members of the Molecular Nanotechnology Initiative at Rice, and are located in the brand-new Molecular Nanotechnology suite of the Space Science building (second floor). Aditya has brought his applied physics and electronic materials expertise to his new graduate course this Fall; Amanda and Haotian both arrive in January 2019. To help manage all the things that come with a growing Department, we welcome Sarah Luce as our new Administrative Assistant.
Our Department is re-visioning and expanding our research and educational efforts in BIO-M. What's BIO-M, you ask? It is the "B" in "CHBE" – biomolecular engineering, where we strive to understand and control biological processes at a molecular level, to address the aforementioned societal problems. We are seeking new faculty members this year!
At the 105th Commencement Ceremony this past May, 72 BS/BA, 16 MCHE/MS, and 11 PhD degree holders received their hard-earned degrees. ~50% of our advanced degree holders and ~35% of our bachelor's degree holders are female. My faculty and I are so proud of our new alumni!
Finally, I wish to express my gratitude to the members of CHBE Department External Advisory Board for their first year of service:
Sunit S. Patel (Chairman of the Board) (BS '85) - Executive Vice President, T-Mobile
Michael A. Gibson (PhD, '73) - Founder and Former President of Carbotek, Inc.
Ganesh Kailasam, PhD - Former Dow Corning Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Parker Meeks (MBA '05) - Partner, McKinsey & Company
Christopher A. Powers (BS '02) - Chevron North America Exploration & Production Company
José G. Santiesteban, PhD - Manager, Strategy, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
Whether as Rice alums (CHBE or not) and/or subject matter experts, they have collectively provided excellent advice and help to the Department, and I look forward to their continued support and guidance.
Best wishes for an outstanding school year!
Michael S. Wong