CBE Speaker Series

The SD Mines Chemical and Biological Engineering speaker series includes leading experts on a wide range of topics.



Spring 2016

  • Feb. 23, 2016 – Stacey Bent, Sustainable Energy and Nanomaterials, Stanford University
  • March 1, 2016 – Vinod Amar and Ian Walters, Water Production, SD Mines
  • March 15, 2016– Tim Tesslink, Solar Photovoltaics, GenPro Energy Solutions
  • March 22, 2016 – Doug Elliot, Ph.D., Biofuels and Bioenergy, Pacific Northwestern National Laboratory
  • April 8, 2016 – Bruce Koel, Ph.D., Catalysis and Materials, Princeton University*
  • April 12, 2016 – Travis Walker, Ph.D., Complex Fluids and Soft Materials, Oregon State University
  • April 19, 2016 – Kara Spiller, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University
  • April 26, 2016 – Meyya Meyyappan, Ph.D., Sensors, NASA

Fall 2016

  • Sept. 6. 2016 – (Webinar) Bryan Pivovar. Ph.D., H2@SCALE: Deeply Decarbonizing our Energy System, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Sept. 27, 2016 – Jeevan Meruga, Ph.D., Complete Print-Read-Decode Prototype of Upconverting Inks for Security Printing, SD Mines
  •  Oct. 11, 2016 – Dr. Tyler Westover, Feedstock Considerations for Thermochemical Biofuels Production Including a Case Study of Fast Pyrolysis and Catalytic Hydrodeoxygenation, Idaho National Laboratory
  •  Oct.18, 2016 – Professor Vemuri Balakotaiah, Catalytic Reaction Engineering of Exhaust After-treatment systems, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
  •  Oct. 25, 2016 – Professor Yong Lak Joo, Scalable Manufacturing Processes Equipped with Dispersion Control of Nanofillers for Energy Storage Applications, Cornell University
  •  Nov. 1, 2016 – Dr. Robert M. Baldwin, Biomass, Biofuels, and Bio-based Products: Current Status and a View to the Future, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  •  Nov. 8, 2016 – Professor A. Daniel Hill, Hydraulic Fracture Conductivity in Shale Formations – the Rock Matters, Texas A&M University
  •  Nov. 29, 2016 – Max Lambert, MS Student, Design of a 185 kilo tons per year low density polyethylene plant, Technical Unversity of Darmstadt, Germany
  •  Dec. 12, 2016 – David B. Levin1, Michael Deyholos2, Shawna DuCharme3, Next Generation Biocomposite Materials: How the Science of Genomics Can Revolutionise the Automotive Sector, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada1, University of British Columbia, Canada2, Composites Innovation Centre (CIC), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  •  Dec. 12, 2016 – Shawna DuCharme, Frank Wheeler, Mercedes Alcock, Lin-P’ing Choo-Smith, FibreCITY Initiative at the Composites Innovation Centre: An Overview and Links to the Biomaterials Industry, Composites Innovation Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Spring 2017

  • Jan. 17, 2017 – (Webinar) Karen Swider-Lyons, Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Small Unmanned Air Vehicles, US Naval Research Laboratory
  • Jan. 24, 2017 – Professor Clayton J. Radke, “Evaporative Tear-Film Instability: The Origin of Dry Eye”, University of California
  • Feb. 14, 2017 – Alan G. Marshall, Petroleomics: Chemistry of the Underworld, Florida State University
  • Feb. 21, 2017 – Sachin Kumar, Biorefining of Lignocellulosic biomass for Biofuels and Value-added Products, SD Mines
  • Feb. 28, 2017 – Peda V. Medagam, and Jack Yang, Recent Development in Phase Converter Technologies and VFDs, Phase Technologies, LLC
  • March 14, 2017 – V. Faye McNeill, Aqueous Organic Chemistry in Atmospheric Aerosols: Impacts on Air Quality and Climate, Columbia University
  • March 21, 2017 – Dr. Bhaskar Purushottam, MD, Coronary Artery Disease: The Real Trigger?, Interventional Cardiologist and Vascular Specialist, Rapid City Regional Hospital
  • March 28, 2017 – Martin Kocanda, Ph.D., The Physics of Nanolayer Metal Deposition as a Visualization Method to Resolve Latent Fingerprints, Rapid City Police Department
  • April 4, 2017 – Linda J. Broadbelt, Reaction Pathway Discovery and Analysis: Bringing Biological and Chemical Catalysis Together, Northwestern University Evanston, IL
  • April 11, 2017 – Arup K. Chakraborty, How to hit HIV where it hurts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • April 18, 2017 – Daniel J. Soeder, The Development of Tight Oil and Shale Gas in the U.S., SD Mines
  • April 25, 2017 – David A. Tirrell, Reinterpreting the Genetic Code: How to Do It and Why You Might Want to, California Institute of Technology