BOZEMAN – Darla Goeres, a Montana State University assistant research professor of chemical and biological engineering in the Center for Biofilm Engineering, has received an award from the American Society for Testing and Methods for her work on a committee dedicated to the development of standard test methods for use with testing pesticides, antimicrobials and alternative control agents.
The ASTM International committee, dubbed Committee E35, presented Goeres with the Chip Collins Award in recognition of her innovative contributions to the development of ASTM biofilm standards in the antimicrobial arena. She has been a member of ASTM International since 2000 and currently serves as a recording secretary on the E35 executive board.
“The award is something that validates the groundbreaking work that is done at the Center for Biofilm Engineering. At ASTM I represent both the center and MSU,” said Goeres, who has taken a lead in the ASTM committee’s work on standardizing biofilm methods for use in testing the effectiveness of antimicrobial agents. “It’s an amazing example of technology transfer. We are taking technology that is being developed in an academic setting like (the Center for Biofilm Engineering) and are getting it into the private sector so it can be put to use throughout the world.”
Goeres holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, and master’s and doctoral degrees in environmental engineering, all from MSU. She is also a faculty fellow in the MSU Honors College and has been an assistant research professor at the university since 2006. Goeres has served as the standardized biofilm methods coordinator at the Center for Biofilm Engineering since 2000. She received the CBE Outstanding Faculty Award in 2008.
In January, Goeres will head to Finland on a Fulbright Scholarship, where she will pursue research and teach biofilm standards and methods as part of a continuing effort to make the technology she’s helped develop at MSU available to industry around the globe.
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“If you look closely, you’ll see the ASTM stamp on items you use every day,” Goeres said. “It’s an organization that impacts our daily lives.”
Contact: Darla Goeres, (406) 994-2440, firstname.lastname@example.org.