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ChBE Welcomes 3 New Faculty

ChBE Welcomes 3 New Faculty

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) is pleased to welcome its newest faculty members: Dr. Jeffery Klauda, Dr. Ganesh Sriram, and Dr. Chunsheng Wang. All three have been appointed to the department as assistant professors. Klauda and Wang will join the Clark School in Fall 2007, while Sriram will join us for the Spring 2008 semester.

ChBE Professor and Chair F. Joseph Schork is excited about the faculty’s growth. "These hires will allow the department to address some of the critical research areas in chemical and biomolecular engineering today: biomolecular engineering, nanotechnology, and energy."

Klauda received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2003. He is currently an Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Computational Biology at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he studies lipid forcefield improvements and dynamical behavior of membranes; transport of sugars through the cell membrane via proteins, and enhanced sampling of beta-haripin protein folding. His research interests include cell membrane biophysics, thermodynamics, and molecular simulations.

Sriram received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University in 2004. He currently holds a postdoctoral position with the Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Human Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he is involved with metabolic investigations of glycerol kinase deficiency, an inherited human disease. His primary research interests are in systems biology and metabolic engineering, including metabolic networks, regulatory networks, and fuel production from biorenewable resources.

Wang, an assistant professor at the Center for Manufacturing Research, part of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University, received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Zhejiang University, China, in 1995. His research interests include energy conversion for fuel cells; energy storage systems such as rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors and hydrogen storage; sensors; electrochemistry; and nanostructured materials. Dr. Wang was hired to be a part of the University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC), a multidisciplinary initiative dedicated to advancing the frontiers of energy science and technology, with a special focus on forward-looking approaches for alternative energy generation and storage.

August 28, 2007


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"These hires will allow the department to address some of the critical research areas in chemical and biomolecular engineering today: biomolecular engineering, nanotechnology, and energy."

ChBE Professor and Chair F. Joseph Schork



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