People

Current Graduate Student Research Assistants

Ray Emerson

B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2001, WPI
M.S. Chemical Engineering, 2004, WPI
Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering

Yatao Liu

B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2000, East China University of Science and Technology
M.S. Chemical Engineering, 2003, East China University of Science and Technology
Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering

Laila Abu-Lail

B.S. Civil Engineering, 2003, Jordan University of Science and Technology
Currently pursuing an M.S. in Environmental Engineering

Arzu Atabek

B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2003, Istanbul Technical University
B.S. Management Engineering, 2004, Istanbul Technical University
Currently pursuing an M.S. in Chemical Engineering

Graduate Student Alumni

Nehal Abu-Lail completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2003.
She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Duke University.
Current e-mail: nehal@duke.edu
Bhupinder Arora completed his M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2003.
He is currently employed at Hyaluron Inc. in Burlington, MA.
Current e-mail: barora@hyaluron.com

Current Undergraduate Research Assistants

Caitlin Bell

Caitlin will receive her B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2005.
She has been studying bacterial transport in porous media.

Carla Corbitt

Carla will receive her B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2005.
She also works on the bacterial transport project.

Undergraduate Alumni from Our Group

Matt Black '05, Chemical Engineering

Matt's project was related to the role of E. coli in urinary tract infections.

Lizabeth Caron, '04, Biomedical Engineering

Liz studied the adhesion of E. coli bacteria, in relation to their role in urinary tract infections.

Megan Lindberg '04

Megan studied bacterial attachment and retention.
Megan currently works as a safety consultant for Liberty Mutual.

Jill Pouliot '03

Jill studied the role of substrate properties on the conformation of adsorbed biopolymers, and also worked on the adhesion of Aureobasidium pullulans.
Jill is currently pursuing her M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering at Penn State University.
Current e-mail: jmp500@psu.edu

J.R. Johnson '04

J.R. worked on various projects in the lab, including an AFM study of hydrogels made of amphiphilic block copolymers, and experiments related to the bacterial adhesion project.
J.R. is currently pursuing graduate studies at Georgia Tech University in Chemical Engineering.

Major Qualifying Projects

Senior Research Theses

  1. Lofgren, J., Pouliot, J. Effect of cranberry on bacterial adhesion to urinary catheters. To be completed by May, 2004.
  2. Frelat, C., Nguyen, L., Shrestha, S. Automated image analysis system for filamentous bacteria in activated sludge. (Co-advised with Nikolas Kazantzis, Chris Sotak (WPI) and Marie-NoÎlle Pons at ENSIC, Nancy, France). Project work done off-campus at ENSIC. To be completed by May, 2004.
  3. Manawanitjarern, W., Rogers, S. Modified polymers in a drug delivery system. (co-advised with Grant McGimpsey (WPI) and MichËle LÈonard and Alain Durand at ENSIC, Nancy, France). Project work was done off-campus at ENSIC. To be completed by May, 2004.
  4. Jakubek, L. Polycationic polymers for DNA encapsulation and delivery. May, 2003
  5. Nolen-Parkhouse, M., Pouliot, J., Walton, I. Role of pullulan production in the adhesion of A. pullulans. May, 2003. (Winner- Sigma Xi Award for Outstanding MQP, May 2004)
  6. Desmond, B., Savard, J., Shea, K. Drug delivery using modified dextran polymers in microemulsions. (co-advised with MichËle LÈonard and Alain Durand at ENSIC, Nancy, France). Project work was done off-campus at ENSIC. May, 2003. (Honorable Mention, Provost's MQP Award (2nd place))
  7. Hoosick, S., Marzullo, J. and Zimet, R. Production and characterization of carbon nanotubes (co-advised with Karen McNamara, Johnson Space Center, Houston). Project work is completed off-campus at Goddard Flight Center. May, 2002. (Winner, Provost's MQP Award)
  8. Stellato, D. Purification and characterization of bacterial polysaccharides. May, 2002.
  9. Brancato, A., Miller, I., and Pistorino, M. Characterization of emulsions as a potential drug delivery system. (co-advised with MichËle LÈonard and Alain Durand at ENSIC, Nancy, France). Project work was done off-campus at ENSIC. May, 2002.
  10. Morse, C.E. Remediation of MTBE with Fenton's Oxidation. (co-advised with John Bergendahl (WPI)). May, 2002.
  11. Bisceglia, N., Emerson, R., and Surpless, J. Freeform production of cartilage structures using aerosol methods. (co-advised with David DiBiasio (WPI), Barbara Wyslouzil (WPI), and Lawrence Bonassar (U. Mass Medical Center)), May, 2001. (Honorable Mention, Provost's MQP Award (3rd place))
  12. Roberts, A. Aerosol delivery of cells for tissue engineering. (co-advised with David DiBiasio (WPI), Barbara Wyslouzil (WPI), and Lawrence Bonassar (U. Mass Medical Center)), May, 2001. (Honorable Mention, Provost's MQP Award (2nd place))
  13. Godleski, C, Scanlan, M., and Wheeler, J. Alternative ethers for use in gasoline: physical-chemical properties and potential for biodegradation (co-advised with Ravi Datta (WPI)), May, 2001.

January 2004, Students in Nancy, France working on their senior projects.From left to right: Smriti Shrestha, Caroline Frelat, Megan Bickford, Wicharn Manawanitjarern, Sarah Rogers, Linh Nguyen, Angela Rugg

February 2003, Ryan Neyland, Casey Whicher, and Matt St. Pierre pictured with their advisor, Francois Lapicque and a labmate in Nancy, France.

February 2002, the students traveling in France and neighboring countries. Adam Brancato at the Presidential Gardens (Luxembourg).

April, 2001, Nichole Bisceglia, Ray Emerson, Justin Surpless

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