The 36th Annual ChEGSA Symposium will be held on October 16th and 17th, 2014.

The annual ChEGSA research symposium started in 1979 with the hopes of showcasing the work of our graduate researchers, promoting intra-departmental research collaborations, and connecting our students to industry. Today we continue these traditions, with the hope of improving every year. This two-day event features graduate research presentations, a poster session, and a corporate-sponsored keynote address given by a distinguished professor from the field of chemical engineering.


The Dow Chemical Company Keynote Speech

Title of Keynote Speech to be Announced

Kristi S. Anseth

Dr. Kristi S. Anseth

Distinguished Professor, Tisone Professor, Associate Professor of Surgery, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of Colorado Boulder

Kristi Anseth was awarded a B.S. degree from Purdue University in 1992, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1994, both in Chemical Engineering. In 1996 she joined the faculty at the University of Colorado, where she is now a Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Professor Anseth’s background is in the area of polymer engineering, which she has applied with great success to tissue engineering and biomaterials. The Anseth lab designs photopolymerized biomaterials for use in applications including controlled drug release and tissue scaffolds. The lab creates three-dimensional cell culture environments designed to actively promote or suppress cell processes. Wide-ranging examples of these 3D architectures developed in the Anseth Lab include an osteo-compatible scaffold with applications in dentistry and orthopedics, hydrogels that promote differentiation of stem-cells, and encapsulation hydrogels for insulin secretion.

Kristi Anseth’s exceptional research stemming from applying classic chemical engineering principles including kinetics and controls to engineering biomaterials has been recognized through numerous awards. In 2008 she was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and she is now one of only a handful of Americans elected to all three branches of the National Academy: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineers, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. We are delighted to welcome her to the 2014 ChEGSA Symposium.