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October 2021

LLE: Multicomponent Adsorption and Membrane Separations to Enable New and More Efficient Biorefining Processes (Sankar Nair, Georgia Tech)

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Sankar Nair, Georgia Institute for Technology Host: Prof. Nikolai DeMartini   This lecture will discuss our progress in developing materials-based separation processes for biorefinery applications. The discussion will be centered on the kraft process, which is a high-volume biorefining process that currently yields biopolymer (cellulose), biobased chemical (such as tall oil), and bioenergy (steam and electricity) products. The main byproduct of the process – kraft black liquor – is dewatered by energy-intensive multi-effect evaporation, followed by combustion of the concentrated…

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LLE: Synthetic Biology: Life Redesigned (James Collins, MIT)

October 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

James Collins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Host: Prof. Krishna Mahadevan   Synthetic biology is bringing together engineers, physicists and biologists to model, design and construct biological circuits out of proteins, genes and other bits of DNA, and to use these circuits to rewire and reprogram organisms.  These re-engineered organisms are going to change our lives in the coming years, leading to cheaper drugs, rapid diagnostic tests, and synthetic probiotics to treat infections and a range of complex diseases.  In this…

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November 2021

LLE: Education in Engineering Lecture: We need a moral infrastructure: “Calling in” the relationship between engineering education’s structural racism and its continuing trivialization of the climate crisis (Alice Pawley, Purdue)

November 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

EDUCATION IN ENGINEERING LECTURE Co-hosted with the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP) Alice Pawley, Purdue Host: Prof. Greg Evans   Social activism has increased, even during the COVID pandemic, around both systemic racism in North America and around the climate crisis internationally.  While both movements have roots decades old, we are not yet seeing a sea-change in engineering curricula around either, despite its necessity. I argue there are similarities between engineering education’s intransigence on social justice…

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December 2021

LLE: Engineering human tissues for medical impact (Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Columbia)

December 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Columbia Hosts: Profs Milica Radisic & Molly Shoichet   The classical paradigm of tissue engineering involves an integrated use of human stem cells, biomaterials (providing a specialized template for tissue formation) and bioreactors (providing environmental control, dynamic sequences of molecular and physical signals and insights into the structure and function of the forming tissues). This approach results in an increasingly successful representation of tissue development, regeneration and disease. Bioengineered human tissues are now being tailored to the patient…

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