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Fengqi You

Professor Fengqi You ranked among top computer scientists in the U.S.

By: Guide2Research

Fengqi You, Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor, at Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has been ranked as one of the top 1000 computer scientists in the United States by Guide2Research, along with other Cornell computer scientists. Guide2Research is a leading research portal for computer science. Their academic platform promotes the highest quality research to inspire young researchers to contribute to the advancement of science. Guide2Research is steered by feedback received from leading scientists whose contributions have shaped the vision and future direction of its... Read more

Ioana Cristina Butu

ChemE senior, Cristina Butu, wins 2nd Place in student poster competition at AFS FiltCon 2021

By: American Filtration & Separations Society

Numerical Simulations for Designing Sieve-free Cross-flow Filtration Systems Ioana Cristina Butu, a senior ChemE, won the 2nd place Student Poster Award at the annual American Filtration Society conference for her research on Brownian dynamics simulations of sieve-free cross-flow filtration (with Neeraj Borker and Don Koch). Cristina was the only undergraduate student to win an award. Read more

Miriam and Ken Ackley

Mourning the loss of former CBE instructor Miriam Ackley

We recently received sad news of the passing of Miriam Ackley, a friend and former instructor of the Smith School. Miriam was introduced to the department in 1998 when she retired from teaching high school mathematics and accompanied her husband, Ken Ackley (CBE’s first Industrial Practitioner) to campus. Miriam was interested in volunteering and her initial involvement in the AEW workshops grew into work that became an integral part of our department. Her years of experience in the school system proved to be useful in preparing our undergraduate students for teaching in a course she led... Read more

Cornell ChemE Car Team

Cornell ChemE Car Team wins 2021 AIChE Northeast Regional Competition

ChemE Car Team wins AICHE Northeast Regional competition with two nearly perfect runs! The ChemE Car Competition is a biannual design challenge in which engineering students must design a small car, powered by a novel power source, that is stopped by a separate chemical reaction at a chosen distance from a start point. The car that can consistently get closest to this chosen distance wins! For the 2021 Northeast Regionals, Cornell opted to use "Fully Charged," an acrylic based design with a large motor and internal containment. The power source was a 10-cell, custom designed zinc alkaline... Read more

Fengqi You

New York state needs Climate and Community Investment Act

By: Times Union

Cornell Professor Fengqi You has just released a study demonstrating that New York State’s pledge to reduce its total carbon pollution by 85 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 is “aggressive” yet “technologically and financially feasible.… as long as New York starts making changes now.” Read more

Photo credit: Lindsay France/Cornell University

Sustainability efforts shine with new solar collectors

By: Cornell Chronicle

Another project, led by Fengqi You, the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor in Energy Systems Engineering, is using systems-level modeling and optimization to inform decisions on campus energy systems for carbon neutrality. You’s research team is particularly interested in assessing the challenges that arise from the fluctuations of energy demand, both by season and the daily cycle of electricity consumption, with Lake Source Cooling and Earth Source Heat. Read more

Fengqi You

You Group publication is selected as the March 2021 cover of ACS Journal of Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

You Group paper featured on March 2021 cover of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering A paper from the You Research Group titled "Sustainable Residential Micro-Cogeneration System Based on a Fuel Cell Using Dynamic Programming-Based Economic Day-Ahead Scheduling" (ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2021, 9 (8), pp 3258–3266) DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c08725., was selected to feature on the cover of March 2021 issue of ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. Read more

ACS Journal

The Daniel Research Group earns the cover of ACS Infectious Disease Journal for their work on SARS-CoV-2

This work investigates the activation requirements for SARS-CoV-2 host-cell entry. SARS-CoV-2 entry is mediated by its spike (S) protein, and previous studies indicate that it has a novel S1/S2 site not before seen in SARS-like CoV that can be cleaved by furin-like proteases. Here, we show that S1/S2 cleavage expands SARS-CoV-2 entry into Calu-3 cells, a model lung cell line, but reduces SARS-CoV-2 entry into Vero E6, a model cell culture line. This S1/S2 cleavage was observed to be cleaved by proteases beyond furin and as a result of weak furin specificity, we offer thoughts on how it... Read more