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Dinner Speaker Event with AIChE

  • 23 Apr 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 4289 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20742

The National Captial Section (NCS) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has kindly extended an invitation to the members of SWE-BWS to attend:

Dinner & Speaker event with

Dr. Steven Peretti

of the National Science Foundation.  

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

4298 Campus Drive

Glenn L. Martin Hall - DeWalt Conference Suite, Rm. 2164/2162

College Park, MD 20742

PLEASE REGISTER AT THIS LINK: https://dr-steven-peretti-event.eventbrite.com

Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 16th.  Space is limited to 35 participants.

Meeting Description:

The National Capital Section (NCS) is proud to host Dr. Steven Peretti, Program Director of the Cellular and Biochemical Engineering (CBE) program at the National Science Foundation, as featured speaker for the NCS member meeting on Tuesday, Apr 23rd at the University of Maryland – College Park campus!  Dr. Peretti will be providing a perspective on developments and an overview of the projects from the CBE program. His biography and presentation abstract can be found below.


A chicken or vegetarian dinner entrée for this meeting will be catered by Sardi’s Catering.  A $15/attendee fee plus $1.78 processing fee and indication of meal preference is required upon event registration.



Event agenda:

6:00pm – Greetings/Serving Dinner

6:30pm – Introductions/Presentation

7:30pm – Networking

8:30pm – Close


Industrializing Biotechnology: Integrating Cellular and Biochemical Engineering



Synthetic biology holds the potential to radically change how we address global challenges related to energy use, climate change, and environmental sustainability. The industrialization of biotechnology can transform chemical manufacturing. Integrating synthetic biology tools with traditional chemical engineering disciplines like process control, reaction engineering and process design, will enable us to gain the full benefit of the promise of synthetic biology. The Cellular and Biochemical Engineering (CBE) program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports such research. A perspective on the development of this field, and an overview of the types of projects supported by the CBE program will be presented, and trends identified and discussed.  He will also briefly outline other areas of biotechnology supported by various programs across NSF. As examples of research in this field, he will discuss  “individual” research projects, as well as group and center research activities. Many of these projects are multidisciplinary in terms of engineering and scientific fields. Some of the potential applications of the research will be presented.


Speaker Biography:

Dr. Steven Peretti began his appointment as the Program Director of the Cellular and Biochemical Engineering program at NSF on Feb. 21, 2017. Prior to his arrival, Dr. Peretti had spent 30 years as a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. His research interests include biocatalysis, biomass conversion, protein engineering, and synthetic biology. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Yale University and a PhD from Cal Tech.



Many campus lots are unrestricted (free) after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.  A campus parking map can be found at: https://www.transportation.umd.edu/parking/maps/umd-campus-parking-map

Learn more about AIChE's National Capital Section here: https://www.aiche.org/community/sites/local-sections/national-capital

We hope you can make it!

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