Chemical & Biological Engineering, Faculty
Ching-An Peng, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor, Department Chair
Engineering Physics 421
Courses: cell and gene therapy, drug delivery systems, nanobiotechnology, protein expression and purification, biotransport processes, senior seminar
Areas of Expertise: drug/gene delivery using viral & nonviral vectors as well as ultrasonic device, developing phagocytosis-resistant perfluorocarbon-based oxygen carriers using PEGylated fluorosurfactant and CD47 ligand, photothermolysis of cancer cells using nanomaterials, detection of antiviral agents using nanobiosensors
Wudneh "Woody" Admassu, Ph.D.
Courses: mechanics of material, dynamics of material, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, engineering fluid mechanics, introduction to chemical engineering, material and energy balance, environmental modeling and design, transport and rate processes, environmental management and design, process analysis and design, modeling in electrolysis process, transport phenomena
Areas of Expertise: bioremediation process modeling, gas separation membranes, electrodialysis membrane separation, hollow fiber bioreactors, transport and kinetics of heavy metal, dyes, halogenated hydrocarbon, low-level radio-nuclides removal from contaminated water and soils
D. Eric Aston, Ph.D.
McClure Hall 403B
Courses: introduction to chemical engineering, chemical engineering thermodynamics, separation processes, microcosms & nanotechnology, applications of nanomaterials in biomolecular engineering, scanning probe microscopy, surface instrumentation, interfacial science, chemical engineering labs
Areas of Expertise: colloids and interfacial phenomena, scanning probe microscopy, nanowires, adhesion and thin films, microfluidics and chemical sensors, polymers and composites, nanotechnology
Matthew Bernards, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium Director
Bingjun Brian He, Ph.D., P.E.
James Martin Lab 71A
Courses: biological engineering analysis and design, fundamentals of bioenergy and bioproducts, biofuels, thermochemical technologies for biomass conversion
Areas of Expertise: utilization of bio-based resources for value-added products and renewable energy through chemical / thermochemical processing.
Gautam Kumar, Ph.D.
McClure Hall 401D
Courses: process analysis and control, digital process control
Areas of Expertise: optimal control theory, stochastic model predictive control, stochastic systems, computational neuroscience, neural engineering, computational psychiatry, brain medicine
James Moberly, Ph.D.
Courses: Introduction to Chemical Engineering, Computations in Chemical Engineering, Transport and Rate Processes, Reactor Kinetics and Design, Biochemical Engineering, Transport Phenomena
Areas of Expertise: interactions between heavy metals, microorganisms, and the environment, organic and inorganic bioremediation, environmental biotechnology, resource recovery and utilization
Russell Qualls, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor, Idaho State Climatologist
Engineering Physics 407
Courses: environmental hydrology, northwest climate and water resources change, engineering fluid mechanics
Areas of Expertise: satellite remote sensing of mountain snowpack, snowmelt runoff modeling, modeling of evapotranspiration
Nathan R. Schiele, Ph.D.
Dev Shrestha, Ph.D.
James Martin Lab 71B
Courses: engineering design I, engineering design II, energy and environmental auditing, bio image processing and computer vision
Areas of Expertise: environmental impact assessment, advanced biofuel production, industrial energy efficiency, instrumentation and controls, precision agriculture
Vivek Utgikar, Ph.D., P.E.
Areas of Expertise: thermal-hydraulics advanced heat transfer & power conversion systems, fuel cycle waste forms & treatment, used nuclear fuel disposition/management, energy storage, bioremediation, life cycle assessment.
Sarah (Xiao) Wu, Ph.D.
Engineering Physics 404
Courses: bioremediation, bioprocess engineering, electric power and controls, plasma technology
Areas of Expertise: Plasma technology for environmental remediation, green chemistry, renewable energy, and food processing, Waste/biomass conversion for energy and chemical uses, Advanced water and waste treatment technology, Bioprocess engineering