Mazatlan to Ames becomes a path to graduate school

Brenda Carrillo-CondeBrenda Carrillo-Conde did not know what she was getting herself into when she decided to participate in a summer research experience in the College of Engineering at Iowa State University five years ago.  The native of Mazatlan, Mexico, was a senior at Monterrey Institute of Technology (Monterrey, Mexico) and planned on a career in industry. Then she made a big decision: to travel with two of her classmates over 3,000 miles to spend the summer at Iowa State as a participant in the Biological Materials and Process (BioMaP) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) project.

During the REU experience Carrillo-Conde had the opportunity to work with Dr. Balaji Narasimhan and his research team on increasing the effectiveness of vaccine delivery systems and developing new vaccination strategies based on biomaterials.  She enjoyed working with Narasimhan over the 10-week program.  So much so, that when offered the opportunity to return to Iowa State and continue working with Narasimhan as a graduate student, she happily accepted.

Since then, Carrillo-Conde has been working on the same line of research that she began during that summer five years ago.  And the research has produced results. The team has improved the delivery vehicles to be used in vaccine formulations from polyanhydrides microparticles to nanoparticles from the same chemistry but with functional groups on their surfaces. Successful in-vivo trials have been held geared towards creating single-dose versions of existing vaccines (Tetanus Toxoid, Pneumonic Plague, Anthrax, and others).  The team is also honing in on more cost-effective production of vaccinations and the development altogether new ones (for example, to protect against HIV). 

Collaborations as part of the research have allowed Carrillo-Conde to work with experts from the Chemistry Department, Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine (VMPM), and the Immunobiology Department at Iowa State. Such interactions have been one of Carrillo-Conde’s favorite aspects of her experience.  And she knows that this interdisciplinary work has prepared her for her professional future. 

For someone who hadn’t planned on attending graduate school, Carrillo-Conde has come a long way. This summer, she will finish her PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering, with a minor in Immunobiology.

Virtual Reality Application Center’s Haunted House

Join the Virtual Reality Application Center (VRAC) for an afternoon of the creepy and crawly. The frights will be real and virtual. Come see some of your favorite characters. VRAC halloween style.

Bring your family and friends!!!

Ages:  5 and up

Dates:  October 23, 29, and 30

Time:  1-4 p.m.

Place:  1117 Black Engineering, Iowa State University

Ballistic Missile Defense and the Missile Defense Agency

Brief Presentation followed by Q&A with Lt. General Patrick J. O’Reilly, Director, Missile Defense Agency

Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall
11 AM – 12 PM

Lieutenant General Patrick J. O’Reilly is the Director for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, DC. In this capacity, he oversees MDA’s worldwide mission to develop a capability to defend deployed forces, the United States, Allies, and friends against ballistic missile attacks.

During his career, he served in both command and staff officer positions in a variety of operational units including the 1st Cavalry Division, the 3rd Support Command, Germany, and as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the United States Military Academy. As an Acquisition Officer, he served as Program Manager for Directed Energy Programs, PATRIOT PAC-3 Missile, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Missile System, Ground-based Midcourse Defense Program, and as the Army Program Executive Officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support.

Lieutenant General O’Reilly is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and has Masters Degrees in Physics, National Security and Strategic Studies, and Business. Lieutenant General O’Reilly is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and Staff College, the U.S. Naval College of Command and Staff, and the U.S. Army War College.

Lt. Gen. O’Reilly will present the vision of the Missile Defense Agency and focus on opportunities for research funding and collaboration.

John Solomon, Senior, Materials Engineering, Iowa State University

“Leadership is not learned from words on a page, but from real life experiences. The learning begins by taking the initiative to discover and develop the thought that leadership is more than a position or title. Leadership is about uniting creative, innovative, and differing ideas into one cohesive, collaborative mission. The courses and experiential leadership components of the Engineering Leadership Certificate serve to challenge and foster growth in students helping to mold them into the future leaders of our country.”

Debanjan Ghosh, Senior, Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University

“In order to be a successful engineer, regardless of field, one must be technically proficient and possess strong leadership attributes.  These attributes include being an efficient and clear communicator, a strong team player, and having the passion to pursue your goals and dreams.  The development of these characteristics requires experience both in and outside of the classroom.  The Iowa State College of Engineering Leadership Certificate provides the opportunity for students to become stronger leaders through a unique combination of coursework and experiential learning.”

L.K. Doraiswamy Honor Lectureship Series: New Vistas in Dispersion Science and Engineering

Darsh Wasan: L.K. Doraiswamy Honor Lectureship SeriesThe Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering continues its cherished tradition in the L.K. Doraiswamy Honor Lectureship Series. This year’s speaker is Professor Darsh Wasan from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago.

All are invited to this free presentation Thursday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m. in 171 Durham Hall. Wasan will discuss how colloidal suspensions are used in increasing technological capacities in his keynote lecture “New Vistas in Dispersion Science and Engineering.”

Professor Wasan is a University Distinguished Professor, Motorola Chair in Chemical Engineering and Vice President for International Affairs at IIT. He also is the editor-in-chief of the “Journal of Colloid and Interface Science.”

This annual lectureship was created in honor of L.K. Doraiswamy, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Iowa State’s Chemical and Biological Engineering Department. To honor is accomplishments, an endowment fund was set up to support the lecture series. Every year representatives from Iowa State’s Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) in Pune, India, and the Department of Chemical Technology at the University of Bombay select an internationally recognized scientist or engineer to present lectures at Iowa State, as well as NCL in India.

Mike Carroll, Director, Iowa Department of Administrative Services

“Engineers develop many leadership principles through the discipline’s approach to problem solving and communication of solutions. When these talents are stretched beyond engineering, such as within governmental roles, the result can be both interesting and rewarding. Programs like the Engineering Leadership Certificate help students see outside of their respective disciplines, opening up avenues of productivity and service for young engineers.”

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