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Ian Brown is an outstanding senior in our department. Ian is from Brentwood, Tennessee and came to the Capstone in the Fall of 2020 to pursue a degree in chemical and biological engineering. Throughout high school, Ian excelled in chemistry and loved problem-solving. Hence, chemical engineering was a logical fit for him.

Ian’s passion for the degree encouraged him to join the Randall Research Scholar Program. Through the program, he has been heavily involved in multiple research projects within the department. First, Ian analyzes how functionalizing membranes with different groups and charges enhances their properties. This process contributes to Dr. Stephen Ritchie’s work on bacteria filtration in the dairy industry. Additionally, Ian collaborates on a project in Dr. Ryan Summers’ lab focused on controlling gene expression by introducing naturally found RNA sequences into cells’ genomes.

Ian also has impressive experience in industry. In 2022, he interned at Royal DSM, where he helped find better ways to produce proteins. Specifically, he programmed a machine to identify and separate colonies of bacteria with different properties. This procedure allowed Royal DSM to effectively isolate and test each strain of bacteria and determine which ones would facilitate the greatest yield of protein when used in production.

Ian’s excellence goes far beyond the classroom and lab. He was an inaugural member of the Undergraduate Student Council, which creates a bridge for communication between students and faculty. Additionally, he is an active member of the Church of the Oaks, where he teaches Sunday School. These activities exhibit Ian’s remarkable selflessness and commitment towards making a positive impact on others. Ian’s drive, love of service, and aptitude for innovation make him a truly great student and person, and we are proud to have him in our department.