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Engaging Alumni

CBE Alumni Annual Event – Saturday, October 7th

Annual Event Registration


Join your classmates from Drexel's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the department's Annual Event to be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the University Club, 6th floor of MacAlister Hall.

This is an exciting opportunity for members of all classes to witness the changes that have occurred at Drexel since you were students. Reconnect with faculty and former classmates, and meet the graduating Class of 2018.

The CBE Annual Event is open to all class years and their guests. This year we are celebrating the classes of: 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012. The event will begin with a social hour followed by guided tours of the campus and laboratories. The festivities will then conclude with a sit-down reception featuring a keynote lecture by Dr. Giuseppe R. Palmese, interim dean of the College of Engineering.

Dr. Palmese will discuss the use of bio-based materials as building blocks for new classes of polymers with unique performance characteristics inspired by nature. The presentation will provide a general overview spanning 20 years of research and commercialization activities.

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Register on or before September 10, 2017
Class of 2017: $20
All other alumni and guests: $40

Register on or after September 11, 2017
Class of 2017: $30
All other alumni and guests: $50

About the Keynote Speaker: Dr. Giuseppe Palmese

Giuseppe R. Palmese is interim dean of the College of Engineering after having served 12 years as head of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Drexel University. He is professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and professor (by courtesy) of Materials Science and Engineering. He holds a BSE (’86) from Princeton University and a Ph.D. (’92) from the University of Delaware, both in chemical engineering. Before joining Drexel University in 2000, he was assistant director of University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials. Dr. Palmese’s research focuses on processing-structure-property relationships of thermosetting polymer systems. Current research thrusts include: multifunctional systems, nanocomposites, materials from renewable sources, and materials for biomedical applications. While at Drexel Dr. Palmese has obtained grants from agencies including ARO, AFOSR, ARL, NASA, DARPA, and USDA. He was the PI and Director of the Army Materials Center of Excellence (MCOE) for polymers. Dr. Palmese has more than 200 publications to his credit and is an inventor on 14 issued patents. His intellectual property involving materials from renewable sources has been licensed twice and is being commercialized by Dixie Chemicals. Dr. Palmese’s industrial experience includes process engineering for the design, construction, and start-up of a 100 Kg/h polyolefin pilot plant, participation in numerous successful SBIR and STTR projects, and consulting work in the field of polymers. Dr. Palmese has mentored 18 Ph.D. students to graduation; two of them now hold faculty appointments at other universities. He currently maintains a research group comprised of six Ph.D. students and two post-doctoral fellows, as well as numerous undergraduates.

Date & Location

Date: 10/7/2017
Time: 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Drexel University, MacAlister Hall
University Club
33rd and Chestnut Streets, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Contact Information

Jenn Bing