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About Brent H Shanks

Dr. Brent Shanks is the Mike and Jean Steffenson Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Director of the NSF’s Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) at Iowa State University.  He was a research engineer from 1988-1997 and department manager from 1997-1999 at Shell Chemical Co.  He received a B.S. Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1983; M.S. Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1985; and Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1988.  Brent’s research projects include Catalytic Conversion of Biorenewable Feedstocks; Mesoporous Metal Oxides as Nanostructured Catalytic Hosts; and Potassium-Promoted Iron Oxide Catalysts. Brent is a Shell Faculty Fellow 2000-2002; recipient of VEISHEA Engineering Faculty of the Year 2000; ISU Engineering Student Council Leadership Award 2004; AlChE Student Chapter Teaching Award 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008; and recipient of the 2007 Superior Engineering Teacher Award.  His professional memberships include the American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, North American Catalysis Society, Omega Chi Epsilon, and Tau Beta Pi.

Positions

Present Mike and Jean Steffenson Professor, Iowa State University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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Present Director of NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC), Iowa State University
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Honors and Awards

  • Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering
  • ISU David R. Boylan Eminent Faculty Research Award 2012
  • ISU Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Research 2012
  • ISU Superior Engineering Teacher Award 2007

Contact Information

1140L Biorenewables Research Laboratory
Ames, IA 50011-2230
Phone: 515-294-1895
Fax: 515-294-2689

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