named top undergraduate program by Entrepreneur Magazine<p>​Washington University in St. Louis is among the top 25 Best Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs in the U.S., coming in at #7.<br/></p><img alt="WashU Campus" src="/news/PublishingImages/141020_jwb_brookings_007-1915x768.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​Each year, Entrepreneur partners with <a href="" target="_blank" rel="follow noopener">The Princeton Review </a>to rank the top 25 undergraduate and <a href="" rel="follow">top 25 graduate</a> programs for entrepreneurs. The annual survey looks at more than 300 colleges and universities in the U.S. and considers the extent to which each school provides its students with world-class mentors, professors, and alumni, and immerses students in a thriving entrepreneurial environment. Over the past five years, WashU graduates have started 95 companies and collectively raised almost $354 million in funding.<br/></p><p>>> <a href="">Find the full ranking on Entrepreneur. </a></p>fuse.wustl.edu University in St. Louis is among the top 25 Best Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs in the U.S., coming in at #7. installed as Wittcoff Distinguished University Professor<p>​<a href="/Profiles/Pages/Vijay-Ramani.aspx">Vijay Ramani</a> has been named the inaugural Roma B. and Raymond H. Wittcoff Distinguished University Professor of Environment and Energy at Washington University in St. Louis. He was installed Sept. 13 in a ceremony at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center.<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Viajy%20Ramani%20WashU%20Engineers.png?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div id="__publishingReusableFragmentIdSection"><a href="/ReusableContent/36_.000">a</a></div><p>An expert in electrochemical engineering and renewable energy integration, Ramani joined the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in 2016 from the Illinois Institute of Technology. His research interests lie at the confluence of electrochemical engineering, materials science and renewable and sustainable energy technologies. Ramani also holds a faculty appointment with the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES) at Washington University, and concurrently serves as director of the university’s Center for Solar Energy and Energy Storage.</p><p>The endowed position was made possible by a commitment in 2008 from Raymond H. and Roma B. Wittcoff, longtime supporters of Washington University who have given generously of their time, expertise and resources. The Wittcoffs also have long been active in St. Louis civic and cultural affairs.</p><p>“I am once again humbled and thankful for the continued generosity exhibited by Roma and Ray Wittcoff, whose exceptional support has benefited countless faculty and students at Washington University,” Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton said. </p><blockquote>“We are fortunate that they understand the importance of investing in researchers whose work addresses global energy challenges that will make the world better for everyone, and I am delighted that their legacy will be associated with the innovative research of Vijay Ramani.”</blockquote> <p>“Vijay Ramani’s work has the potential to solve some of the greatest energy crises on the planet,” said Aaron F. Bobick, dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science and the James M. McKelvey Professor. “The progress that he and his students are making in grid-scale energy storage will allow for broader use of renewable and intermittent energy sources and will have tremendous global impact, particularly in developing countries. We are grateful for the Wittcoffs’ generosity to Washington University to support this research.”</p><p>“As the newest endowed professor associated with InCEES, we are excited for Vijay to share his research expertise and experience working with industry leaders with our students, faculty and international partners,” said Himadri B. Pakrasi, the Myron and Sonya Glassberg/Albert and Blanche Greensfelder Distinguished University Professor and director of InCEES.</p><p>Since joining the Washington University faculty, Ramani has received two major research grants, including a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, to create a new membrane that can be used in batteries for grid-scale electric energy storage. In addition, Ramani received a three-year, $468,087 grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to create a stable, bipolar membrane for fuel-cell propulsion systems that would enable the U.S. Navy’s unmanned undersea vehicles to fulfill challenging mission requirements.</p><p>Ramani earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Annamalai University and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut. He has held an extraordinary professorship at North-West University, South Africa; a visiting professorship at Tsinghua University; and an adjunct professorship in chemical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras. He has received numerous honors and awards, including a CAREER Award from National Science Foundation and ONR’s Young Investigator Program Award. A member of the Electrochemical Society and of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, he is co-editor of ECS Interface.</p><p>Roma and Raymond Witcoff both are emeritus trustees, and both serve on the School of Medicine National Council. They have helped fund building projects, program initiatives, scholarships and professorships. Washington University honored them with the Robert S. Brookings Award at Founders Day in 1993, and the School of Medicine presented them with the 2nd Century Award in 1995.</p><p>Mr. Wittcoff earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1942, then served as a Navy lieutenant in World War II. After the war, he became president of Transurban Corp., which built, owned, and managed office buildings, and a spokesman on the redevelopment of cities. He chaired the National Citizen’s Committee for Educational Television and the mayor’s committee responsible for bringing KETC/Channel 9 to St. Louis. He also chaired the Human Development Corp., coordinating anti-poverty efforts in the city.</p><p>In addition, Mr. Wittcoff chaired the board of directors of Washington University Medical Center and of Jewish Hospital (now Barnes-Jewish Hospital). He was instrumental in inaugurating the Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corp. In 1986, he established the Raymond H. Wittcoff Professorship in Biological Chemistry at the School of Medicine.</p><p>Both of the Wittcoffs have provided loyal service to the university’s Brown School. Mrs. Wittcoff is an emerita member of the Brown School National Council, and she was awarded the Brown School Dean’s Medal in 1995. She has served on the Alumni Board of Governors and is a life member of the Women’s Society. She is a founding board member of Opera Theatre of St. Louis, past board member of Channel 9, and a member of the National Board of the American Society for Technion. In 1984, she established the Dan Broida Professorship in Operations and Manufacturing Management at Olin Business School in memory of her first husband.<br/></p> <SPAN ID="__publishingReusableFragment"></SPAN> <h5 style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #2f3030; font-family: "source sans pro", "helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"> <strong>The International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES) at Washington University in St. Louis is an institutional hub for collaborative efforts and interdisciplinary initiatives. Founded in 2007, the ultimate goal of InCEES is to provide improved solutions to a range of interconnected energy and environmental challenges that are critical to the well-being of society and the planet.</strong></h5>Vijay Ramani was installed Sept. 13 as the Roma B. and Raymond H Wittcoff Distinguished University Professor of Environment and Energy.Courtney Chazen expert in electrochemical engineering and renewable energy integration, Vijay Ramani was installed Sept. 13 as the Roma B. and Raymond H Wittcoff Distinguished University Professor of Environment and Energy. Coveyou ’11: A circuitous route to entrepreneurship<p>​When John Coveyou applied to Washington University, he didn’t expect to get in. “Receiving the letter of acceptance was simultaneously one of the most exciting and depressing moments of my life,” he says. “I had to face the reality that I had the potential to do something great, but there was no way I could afford it.”<br/></p><img alt="John Coveyou" src="/news/PublishingImages/John%20Coveyou%20WashU%20engineering.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>John had left home at age 16. He thought about dropping out of high school but enrolled in the Army Reserve instead, completing basic training between his junior and senior years. After graduating, he enrolled at St. Louis Community College at Meramec. A few months into his first semester, he was deployed to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.<br/><br/>During that deployment, John spent his free time reading textbooks and watching lectures online. When he returned to Meramec two years later, he excelled. “For the first time, I had professors tell me I was smart and capable,” he says. “It’s unbelievable what those few words will do for a self-conscious young mind.”<br/><br/>Getting into Washington University was an even more meaningful boost, despite his lack of financial resources. He learned about his scholarship award after his acceptance letter arrived. Receiving the scholarship to Washington University in 2007 changed his life, he says. When he was sent to Iraq after his first semester at Washington University, the university held his scholarship for him. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies in 2010 and a master’s degree in chemical engineering in 2011.<br/><br/>Today, John is focused on building <a href="">Genius Games, a company he founded in 2011 to develop science-themed games.</a> The company currently has four games in its lineup. “I love what I do,” he says. “It’s satisfying to know my games will help educate the next generation.”<br/></p>John Coveyoutogether.wustl.edu alum John Coveyou’s route to entrepreneurship was circuitous.<p>Alumnus and veteran reflects on the meaning and impact of his scholarship<br/></p> Engineering faculty to collaborate on Department of Energy grant<p>​Four faculty from the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering are collaborating with Guatam Dantas, associate professor of pathology and immunology at Washington University School of Medicine, and of biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, on new research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/u3dYfW4x.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p><a href="/Profiles/Pages/Marcus-Foston.aspx">Marcus Foston</a> and <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Tae-Seok-Moon.aspx">Tae Seok Moon</a>, assistant professors; and <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Yinjie-Tang.aspx">Yinjie Tang</a> and <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Fuzhong-Zhang.aspx">Fuzhong Zhang</a>, associate professors, will collaborate on the three-year, $874,162 grant, titled “Systems Engineering of Rhodococcus Opacus to Enable Production of Drop-in Fuels from Lignocellulose.” The major goals of this project are to model, design, and engineer R. opacus mutants for the production of biofuels and bioproducts from lignin.<br/></p>2017-11-16T06:00:00ZThe major goals of the project are to model, design, and engineer R. opacus mutants for the production of biofuels and bioproducts from lignin. Expert: Energy alliances must be holistic, realistic<p>​In reaction to multiple countries — including Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Italy — announcing at the United Nations climate talks that they’re unifying to phase out coal-generated power by 2030, an environmental engineer at Washington University in St. Louis warned that a “mix of energy sources” is vital for the near future.<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/WashU%20Expert%20Energy%20alliances%20must%20be%20holistic,%20realistic.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​All U.N. countries need to take a holistic approach to energy choices, especially when it comes to developing nations, said <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Pratim-Biswas.aspx">Pratim Biswas</a>, the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Professor and Chair of the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at the School of Engineering & Applied Science.<br/></p><p>“It is important for U.N. nations to be cognizant of realistic trends in the energy sector,” Biswas said. “It is very clearly understood that we will have a mixed portfolio of energy sources in the near future, definitely through 2030. Just as there is understanding that anthropogenic emissions are causing climate change, the understanding that we will have a mix of energy sources that varies by region is equally important.”</p><p>Biswas, whose work focuses on aerosols and air quality, said that while energy choices and their environmental impacts must be addressed, a one-size-fits-all approach won’t be the most effective route to take.</p><p>“Developing technologies that address the overall set of primary energy sources is critically important, from lowering the carbon footprint of fossil fuel sources to development of renewable energy harvesting with storage,” Biswas said. “Holistic clean energy alliances should be created — not isolated ones.”</p><p>The United States along with China and India, two countries where coal remains a key energy source, are not part of the coalition announced Nov. 16 during the U.N. climate talks in Bonn, Germany.</p><p>Biswas says a balance can and should be achieved between refining energy sources already in place and shifting to new ones, and that the two can and should be done in tandem.</p><p>“It is imperative to lower the carbon footprint of fossil energy sources, and to capture their carbon dioxide and develop methods for its utilization, just as it is important to develop lower-cost solar energy technologies and energy-storage technologies to enhance the reliability of renewables,” Biswas said.<br/></p>​​​      <br/><br/> <div><div class="cstm-section"><h3>​WashU Expert<br/></h3><div style="text-align: center;"> <strong> <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Pratim-Biswas.aspx"> <img src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Biswas_Pratim.JPG?RenditionID=3" alt="Pratim Biswas" style="margin: 5px;"/></a> <br/> <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Pratim-Biswas.aspx"> <strong>Pratim Biswas</strong></a><br/> </strong> </div><div style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Professor<br/></span></div></div></div> <br/> <br/>After multiple countries announce at the United Nations climate talks they're forming a coalition to phase out coal-generated power by 2030, a WashU Expert says energy options cannot take a one sized fits all approach. Erika Ebsworth-Goold reaction to multiple countries announcing at the United Nations climate talks that they’re unifying to phase out coal-generated power by 2030, an engineer at WashU warned that a “mix of energy sources” is vital for the near future.