Dow Safety Seminar – Tina Killbrew @ 130 Koffolt Lab
Sep 26 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Speaker: Tina Killbrew

Affiliation: The Dow Chemical Company

Title: Safety Best Practices: Lab Safety Assessments



A critical way to proactively ensure safety in research labs is to properly identify and assess lab hazards on a regular basis. The assessments help drive the prevention of unsafe acts and conditions, help maintain the health of researchers, and aid in the communication of safety concerns and best practices. This practice is important for routine and critical tasks, as they each carry their own risks. This talk will focus on best practices relative to identifying and evaluating the highest potential safety risks in labs, so action can be taken to minimize the risks. Example assessments will be discussed, and fume hood practices will be analyzed in depth.


Tina Killebrew graduated in 1997 from The Ohio State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and joined Cooper Tire in Findlay, Ohio as an extruded materials development engineer upon her graduation. After several years at Cooper Tire developing novel compounds for run flat tires, she joined The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan in 2000 in the Fabricated Products Business as an application development engineer focusing on developing novel polypropylene and polyethylene foams for computer packaging and automotive applications. During her career at Dow, Tina has held technical roles in Dow Building Solutions, Dow Automotive, and Core R&D Financial Operations. Tina also held several leadership roles including leading the Performance Reliability & Material Characterization group within Core R&D Analytical Sciences and she has led the Process Development & Economic Analysis group within Engineering & Process Sciences in Core R&D.


Currently, Tina is the Core R&D global program leader for the Packaging & Specialty Plastics business in Dow, where she leads the identification and scoping of new high value research programs.


Tina has a M.S in Chemical Engineering from The University of Michigan, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and an M.B.A in Finance from The University of Findlay. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt (MAIC & DFSS), is externally certified as a program management professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute, is certified as a problem solver & decision maker from the Kepner – Tregoe Institute, and was recently certified as a Crucial Conversations trainer through Vital Smarts (2017).



Engineering Expo Career Fair @ The Ohio Union
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm

As the university’s largest career fair, Engineering Expo connects Buckeye engineering students with companies offering co-op, internship and career employment opportunities.

Expo is an annual career fair sponsored by Engineers’ Council in partnership with Engineering Career Services. The 2017 Engineering Expo will be held on September 26-27, 2017, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. each day. Proceeds from this well-attended annual event support engineering student organizations and project teams.

Find out more about Engineering Expo including how to register as an employer at

CAR Seminar Series: Avinash Vallur @ 198 Center for Automotive Research
Sep 26 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Host: Giorgio Rizzoni

Speaker: Avinash Vallur

Title: Simulation of Look-Ahead Based Energy Management Strategy using Traffic In Loop Framework

ECE MeetUp: Neural Implant Technology @ 260 Dreese Lab
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

ECE MeetUp Social/Tech Series



Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Room 260, Dreese Lab, 2015 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH (edit map)

Parking is available at the Tuttle Park Place Visitors Garage: 2050 Tuttle Park Place.



The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is fortunate to have two professors at the forefront of implantable technology in solving today’s biomedical needs. Assistant Professor Liang Guo recently was awarded the prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award for his proposal, “Implantable, Programmable Integrated Cellular Circuits.” Assistant Professor Asimina Kiourti was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant for her research on “Fully-Passive and Wireless Multichannel Neuro-Recording.”

What this means to us is we get to spend some time with these two rising stars within the ECE Department and learn about their groundbreaking work in fueling biomedical advancements! Please join us for an overview of research in the areas of:

– Deep Brain Neuropotential Recording – fully-passive (e.g. no battery), wireless brain implants for continuous and unobtrusive monitoring

– Application-specific integrated biocircuits – think ASICs using living cells

– Implantable and Ingestible Antennas

– Bioelectromagnetics


6:00-6:45: Social hour and refreshments in Dreese Lab 260

6:45-7:30: Implant Technology Overview by Profs Kiourti and Guo

7:30-8:00: Tour Prof. Guo’s Lab

Parking is in the Visitors Parking Garage (Tuttle) near Dreese Lab on Neil Ave. Complimentary parking passes provided.


** Bring your aspiring Engineers with you!  **

As a reminder, guests are welcome, and we would especially like to see future Engineers who are interested in learning more attending our events!

** Do Meetup events count toward Continuing Education Credits? **

While the ECE Alumni Society or ECE Department do not offer a guarantee that a Meetup event qualifies based on the Ohio Continuing Education guidelines, if an attendee believes it qualifies and documents the justification, we will be able to vouch for attendance and participation in the event.

BME Seminar Series: Dr. Matthew Becker @ 245 Bevis Hall
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Speaker: Dr. Matthew Becker, Associate Dean for Research; W. Gerald Austen Endowed Chair in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

Affiliation: University of Akron

Title: Building bone with polymers – How new materials and additive manufacturing are changing medicine



Recent synthetic advances have enabled the synthesis of polymers designed to elicit specific cellular functions and to direct cell-cell interactions.  Motivated by traumatic injuries experienced by warfighters, we are developing novel materials and devices designed to repair segmental bone defect and achieve limb salvage.  Biomimetic approaches based on polymers derivatized with adhesive receptor-binding peptides glycoproteins and tethered growth factors have been reported to enhance interactions at the biotic-synthetic interface.  Further advances in both synthetic methodology and scaffold fabrication are needed to drive these efforts forward.  This presentation will describe the use of several translationally relevant chemistries and functionalization strategies that are impacting the practice of medicine and how physicians are planning for future therapies that were not possible previously.



Matthew L. Becker is the W. Gerald Austen Endowed Chair of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and The Associate Dean for Research in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron.  His multidisciplinary research team is focused on developing bioactive polymers for regenerative medicine and addressing unmet medical needs at the interface of chemistry, material science and medicine. He is the founder of three start-up companies.  He earned  a PhD in organic chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis as an NIH Chemistry Biology Interface Training Fellow. In 2003, Dr Becker moved to the Polymers Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology for a NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. He joined the permanent staff as a project leader in 2005 before moving to The University of Akron in 2009.   Professor Becker was awarded the ACS Publications Macromolecules-Biomacromolecules Young Investigator Award in 2015 and is a fellow of the ACS PMSE Division and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Alumni Career Series: Morgan Welsh Bernier @ Smith Seminar Room 1080, Physics Research Building
Sep 28 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

A Career in Finance

Thursday, September 28, 2017 11:30 a.m. with reception to precede

Dr. Morgan Welsh Bernier, PhD

Marketing Data Scientist

JP Morgan Chase


Students interested in attending a luncheon with the speaker should contact Rachel Page(.257). Limited to 11 seats.



Sep 29 – Sep 30 all-day

SmartAg4.0 is a competition open to all Ohio college students who are passionate about revolutionizing the future of food systems through app design. Much like Uber and Airbnb have dramatically changed transportation and travel, respectively, what will technology do for the future of food systems? You do not need computer programming skills to participate, just a laptop or other device and a great idea!

NoBCChE Lecture – Dr. Rena Robinson @ 267 CBEC
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Rena Robinson

Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh

Title: TBA

2nd Annual Medicine and the Arts Car Show @ Center for Automotive Research
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$25 registration fee

100% of the proceeds beneft Medicine and the Arts

FREE for spectators

For additional details visit


Seminar: Eric Ruggiero @ E100 Scott Lab
Oct 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Affiliation: GE Aviation, Cincinnati, OH

Hosted by: Professor Marcelo Dapino