This year marked the 65th birthday of Professor Wei-Shou Hu, and it couldn't have coincided with a better opportunity. The AIChE annual meeting this past year was held in downtown Minneapolis, allowing for a number of Hu group alumni to be present at this special occassion.
Former and current students and colleagues alike gathered together on the evening of October 30th, 2017 to reconnect and celebrate over dinner. Many wonderful speeches were given, and a Hu Group "family tree" was presented at the end of the evening, as a surprise for Professor Hu. This tree details the legacy of the Hu group, and includes the names of graduated alumni, past visiting scholars, and even the students of current PhDs who have been through the Hu program.
All in all, it was a wonderful evening.
Engineering Principles in Biotechnology
This book is a short introduction to the engineering principles of harnessing the vast potential of microorganisms, and animal and plant cells in making biochemical products. It was written for scientists who have no background in engineering, and for engineers with minimal background in biology.
Engineers are eased into biochemical reactions and life scientists are exposed to the technology of production using cells. This book includes coverage of reactors, oxygen transfer and scale up, cell culture, and stem cells and synthetic biology. It also deals with product purification and then later chromatography, the modern workhorse of bioseparation.
Drawing on principles from engineering and life sciences, this book is for practitioners in biotechnology and bioengineering.
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In a tribute to Professor Arnold L. Demain, a current and former member of the group authored a review article in the special issue dedicated to Professor Demain. The article is one of the rare works comparing the bioprocess technologies of natural product synthesis and biologics manufacturing (JIMB, 44: 785-797) (DOI 10.1007/s10295-017-1913-4).