Dr. Todd Menkhaus
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
(605) 394-2422 Dept: (605) 394-2421
Professors Dixon, Gilcrease, Menkhaus (CBE Graduate Program Coordinator), Puszynski, Salem and Winter; Associate Professors Benjamin, Sani, and Shende; Assistant Professors Brenza, Groven, and Hadley; Lecturer Pinkelman.
CBE Ph.D. Program Advisory Council
Professors Dixon, Gilcrease, Menkhaus (Program Coordinator) and Winter; Associate Professor Benjamin, Sani, and Shende; Assistant Professor Brenza, Groven, and Hadley.
Chemical and Biological Engineering
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) offers, in addition to B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering, a Ph.D. degree in chemical and biological engineering. The Ph.D. program provides the chemical and biological engineering Ph.D. graduate a core educational experience in transport phenomena, chemical kinetics, biochemical engineering, chemical thermodynamics, and biotechnology. This knowledge base, along with key electives, provides CBE graduate students the training to participate in biochemical and petrochemical processing, bio-based energy technologies, including biomass and biofuels; catalysis; bio-based and bio-compatible materials; biomedicine; bioremediation; emerging energy technologies; synthesis and functionalization of nanomaterials, and processing of polymers and composite materials. These areas are aligned with the expertise of our faculty members. The current research interest of the faculty can be found on the departmental website http://www.sdsmt.edu/CBE/research/. The modern Chemical and Biological Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) building houses the CBE research laboratories.
The CBE Faculty maintain a a vibrant research enterprise with over $9m of funded research from the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, NASA, other state and federal agencies, and industry. The State of South Dakota is recognized as a leader and major producer of ethanol from starch in the United States. Hence the State of South Dakota is well positioned to play an important role in development of new bio-based technologies and value-added agricultural products. The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering was instrumental in establishing the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (NSF I/UCRC) for BioEnergy Research and Development (CBeRD) and the State of South Dakota Supported Center for Bioenergy Research (CBRD). The unique national NSF I/UCRC center was focused on bio-based energy and chemical feedstocks, was comprised of four universities, including the SDSM&T, North Carolina State University, State University of New York - Stony Brook, University of Hawaii, and more than 20 industries and state and federal laboratories.
The CBE Ph.D. program is also a strong supporter of the State-focused research area in materials and advanced manufacturing, which include advanced materials, polymers, composites, and nanotechnology. The Composites and Polymer Engineering Laboratory (CAPE) is a key resource utilized by our students http://cape.sdsmt.edu/. The CBE research laboratories along with CAPE provide CBE Ph.D. students a wealth of modern resources to participate in cutting-edge research funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, NASA, and industrial collaborators.
The Ph.D. Program in chemical and biological engineering is administered by the CBE Graduate Program Coordinator and the Program Advisory Council. The Program Advisory Council is responsible for the curriculum and program policies.