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Susan Daniel lab

Biomolecular weapons for fighting COVID-19

Years before the novel coronavirus turned into a global pandemic, Susan Daniel was already looking for ways to defeat it. Daniel, a professor in Cornell’s Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, had created models of the host membrane to gain new insights into the virus SARS-CoV. Now referred to informally as SARS-CoV-1, the virus is a precursor and close relative of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 or SARS 2. Read more

Innovation Forum

Annual AVANGRID Innovation Challenge Crowns Winning Team from Cornell University

A highlight of AVANGRID’s Innovation Forum is its annual Innovation Challenge, which pairs teams of students from Cornell, Harvard, the University of Maine, MIT and Yale with AVANGRID employees to develop solutions to some of the energy sector’s most difficult challenges. This year’s winning team, led by Cornell University students Anmol Singh, Ritika Jain and Rashika Mittal, proposed an innovative way to enable utilities to leverage ever-increasing electric vehicle adoption to benefit the grid through vehicle-to-grid technology. Students on the winning team will receive a total of $30,000 in... Read more


NSF grant to fund research into ‘microcleaners’ for waterways

By: Cornell Chronicle

Engineers from Cornell and North Carolina State University have proposed a creative solution: an army of swimming, self-propelled biomaterials called ‘microcleaners’ that scavenge and capture plastics so they can be decomposed by computationally-engineered microorganisms. Read more

Nick Abbott

Liquid crystals give red blood cells mechanical squeeze

By: Cornell Chronicle

Scientists hoping to understand these diseases can take heart: Researchers led by Nicholas Abbott, a Tisch University Professor in the Robert F. Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, created a way of using synthetic liquid crystals to squeeze red blood cells and gain new insight into individual cells’ mechanical properties. The process also illuminates minuscule differences between cells within a large population as each cell reacts to the same strain or force, revealing just how diverse the cells are. Read more

Fengqi You

Fengqi You selected as a winner of the Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Tucker Excellence in Teaching Award by Cornell Engineering

CBE Professor Fengqi You received the Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Tucker Excellence in Teaching Award. He was selected as one of the College of Engineering’s outstanding teachers and is the winner of the Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Tucker Excellence in Teaching Award. This is the highest award for teaching in the college to recognize excellence in teaching and learning, and the award winners were selected by a committee comprised of former teaching award winners from within the College of Engineering. Professor You was honored at the 2020 College of Engineering Fall Faculty Reception on Wednesday, Sept... Read more

Paul Steen

CBE mourns the loss of Professor Paul Steen

Paul H. Steen, the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Engineering, joined the Smith School of Chemical Engineering at Cornell as an assistant professor in 1982, after completing a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins and post-doctoral training at Stanford. He holds undergraduate degrees in Engineering and English Literature from Brown University. At Cornell, Professor Steen was a valued colleague, teacher, and advisor across departments and graduate fields in the College of Engineering and an internationally recognized scholar in fluid mechanics. Read more

Aravind Natarajan

Engineered bacteria churn out cancer biomarkers

The DeLisa Group’s paper, “Engineering Orthogonal Human O-linked Glycoprotein Biosynthesis in Bacteria,” published July 27 in Nature Chemical Biology. The lead author is Aravind Natarajan, Ph.D. ’19. Read more