UPDATE: Richland #44 Students Win!! | Dr. Chad Ulven advisor/mentor for Richland #44 eighth grade students for Samsung Solve For Tomorrow competition

Chad Ulven


Dr. Chad Ulven, CSMS researcher, using his experience with bio-based renewable materials,
advised and mentored eight eighth grade students at Richland #44 High School in Colfax,
North Dakota as they sought a project idea that would fix a problem in their community.

UPDATE: Richland #44 students win $25,000 in Samsung Technology!!


Stories on the internet about this competition and the Richland #44 students:

* https://www.ndsu.edu/news/view/detail/32062/
* http://www.wahpetondailynews.com/news/richland-students-earn-k-in-national-competition/article_10f34aa0-ea8d-11e7-b6e9-4f9225ede11f.html
* http://kfgo.com/podcasts/ag-news-leader/1694/richland-44-students-win-national-contest/
* https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171214005837/en/51-Schools-Named-State-Winners-Samsung’s-2
* https://news.samsung.com/us/2018-samsung-sft-51-state-winners-schools-steam-contest/
* https://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/dist/assets/other/datawinners.pdf
* http://www.richland.k12.nd.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/February2018compressed.pdf
* https://www.facebook.com/SenatorHeidiHeitkamp/posts/1629848943705132
* https://twitter.com/i/web/status/946467961035984898
* http://richland44schooldistrict.weebly.com/uploads/1/2/6/4/12644392/january2017.compressed.pdf
* http://www.southdakotateacher.com/pdf/01-Samsung.pdf
* https://www.scoopnest.com/user/SenatorHeitkamp/946467961035984898-congrats-to-these-richland-44-eighth-graders-on-taking-first-in-nd-in-the-solve-for-tomorrow-contest-good-luck-with-your-innovative-drainage-system-idea-as-you-prepare-for-nationals

Faculty associated with ND EPSCoR recognized for receiving an award or promotion

Congratulations to faculty associated with ND EPSCoR for receiving an award or promotion!

Adlina Paramarta featured in the News release ‘NDSU doctoral graduates join leading-edge companies’

Adlina Paramarta, former CSMS graduate student researcher and recent graduate of North Dakota State University was featured in a December 2016 NDSU News story at https://www.ndsu.edu/news/ndsu_app/ndsu_doctoral_graduates_join_leading_edge_companies/

Best wishes to Adlina and Teluka.

Chad Ulven awarded Walter F. and Verna Gehrts Presidential Professorship

272777463Congratulations to Chad Ulven, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at NDSU,
and researcher in the Center for Sustainable Materials Science, for receiving the Walter F.
and Verna Gehrts Presidential Professorship.

The Walter F. and Verna Gehrts Presidential Professorship is awarded to an Associate Professor with at least 5 years of service to NDSU who demonstrates excellence in teaching, research, and service.

Chad earned a doctorate and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a bachelor’s degree from NDSU.

Chad joined the faculty at NDSU in 2005. His previous honors and awards includes the NDSU College of Engineering & Architecture 2007-2008 Faculty Researcher of the Year Award.

More information about this year’s endowed professorships at NDSU can be found at


To read more about Chad Ulven, visit his faculty page at


To learn more about the Center for Sustainable Materials, visit the website


Dean Webster, CSMS faculty research, named ACS fellow

Dr. Dean Webster

The American Chemical Society has named Dean C. Webster, professor and chair of coatings and polymeric materials, to the 2016 class of ACS fellows.

Read more here

Chad Ulven to speak at the 2016 Commodity Classic about a biodegradable soilbased sensor

Chad UlvenChad Ulven, North Dakota State University Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, will speak at the 2016 Commodity Classic about a biodegradable soil-based sensor he helped to develop that, once placed throughout a crop, provides wireless, real-time information about nutrients, salinity levels, or soil temperature and moisture.

NDSU chemistry professor Jayaraman Sivaguru, a member of the CSMS research group, receives funding to study sustainable chemistry

Jayaraman Sivaguru, North Dakota State University James A. Meier Jr. Professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has received a three-year, $440,000 award (CHE-1465075) from the National Science Foundation to develop environmentally benign, green strategies for performing chemical reactions with light. These projects are significant in the Department’s research focus area in sustainability and materials chemistry.

Read More at http://stuffoflife.areavoices.com/2015/08/06/ndsu-chemistry-faculty-receives-funding-to-study-sustainable-chemistry/

Dr. Mukund Sibi recognized for research impact

NDSU Provost Beth Ingram recently recognized two University Distinguished Professors for the high impact of their research. Mukund Sibi, University Distinguished Professor of chemistry and biochemistry and James A. Meier Professor, and Lawrence Reynolds, University Distinguished Professor of animal sciences, were acknowledged for achieving an h-index in excess of 50.

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Stuff of Life Blog Article: The Synthesis of Diols Through the Use of Renewable Resources

By Joshua Santiana

My name is Joshua Santiana and I am a rising senior at the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT. There, I am double majoring in Chemistry and Forensic Science. I am also from a suburban town In Connecticut. Now, seeing as how I both grew up and attend undergraduate school in Connecticut, you might be thinking, “how in the world did you end up in North Dakota for the summer?”  Well, there is a simple answer to that question. When applying for summer REU programs my main focus was trying to find a research area that I would excel at and be interested in. This is what led me to joining the Sibi Group for the summer here at North Dakota State University.

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* This item is from September 16, 2013 from the Chemistry Department’s ‘The Stuff of Life’ blog at http://stuffoflife.areavoices.com/ and relates to CSMS activities under the previous CSMS funding.

Stuff of Life Blog Article: Research on the Prairie – Renewable and Resourceful 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural

By Jasmine Burch

My name is Jasmine Burch, and I’m a rising junior Chemistry major at Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA. I’m experiencing my first research here in the Chemistry Department at North Dakota State University. I’m pleased to have worked with The Sibi Group Lab in the Synthetic Organic Chemistry field.

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* This item is from August 2, 2012 from the Chemistry Department’s ‘The Stuff of Life’ blog at http://stuffoflife.areavoices.com/ and relates to CSMS activities under the previous CSMS funding.