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25 Chemical Engineering Professors You Should Know

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Jingyue Ju - Columbia University

Jingyue Ju is the Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Engineering and professor of chemical engineering and pharmacology at Columbia University, where he also serves as the director of the Center for Genome Technology and Biomolecular Engineering. He has contributed in the invention of a combinatorial fluorescence energy transfer (CFET) labeling approach that uses a limited number of fluorescent molecules to create a maximum number of fluorescent tags that have unique fluorescent signatures.

Jingguang Chen - Columbia University

Jingguang Chen is the Thayer Lindsley Professor of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University, where his research interests include investigating structural and electronic properties of catalysts using in situ synchrotron techniques, among others. He has authored or co-authored at least 18 publications since 2010, and has served in a wide array of positions, including as the chair of the Catalysis Division of of American Chemical Society.

Jeffrey T. Koberstein - Columbia University

Jeffrey T. Koberstein is the Percy K. and Vida L.W. Hudson Professor of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. He is the co-author of a number of publications, including the 2010 “Some hydrogels having novel molecular structure,” and his research focus includes molecular structure and properties of polymers and other soft matter, among others.

John L. Anderson - Illinois Institute of Technology

John L. Anderson is a distinguished professor of chemical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he also formerly served as the president of the institution. He is the co-author of three books on various subjects related to engineering, as well as at least 10 peer-reviewed publications over the course of his career.

Vijay K. Ramani - Illinois Institute of Technology

Vijay K. Ramani is the Hyosung S. R. Endowed Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and who possesses expertise in electrochemical engineering, electrocatalysis, and ion containing polymers, among other subjects. From 2010 to 2013 he was awarded the ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award.

Sohail Murad - Illinois Institute of Technology

Sohail Murad is the chair of the department of chemical and biological engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he also serves as a professor. He was the recipient of a Coleman Foundation Fellowship in 2009, and spent time as a guest professor and the Nanjing University of Technology in Nanjing, China.

Larry Glasgow - Kansas State University

Larry Glasgow is a professor within the department of chemical engineering at Kansas State University, and is the author of Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering. His principal interests concern the interaction of turbulence with fluid-borne entities in multi-phase processes.

James H. Edgar - Kansas State University

James H. Edgar is Department Head, Tom H. Barrett Faculty Chair, and University Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University. His research interests include the application of chemical engineering to semiconductor processing, and was featured in the spring 2006 edition of the university’s Impact magazine for the work conducted in parts of his laboratory, where temperatures can reach above 2,000 degrees Celsius.

Larry E. Erickson - Kansas State University

Larry E. Erickson is a professor within the department of chemical engineering at Kansas State University, where his research interests include biochemical engineering, environmental engineering, boundary layer theory, transport theory, and mathematical optimization, among a number of others. He is also the director of the Center for Hazardous Substance Research, as well as of the Hazardous Substance Research Center, both of which are operated by Kansas State University.

Manoj Chaudhury - Lehigh University

Manoj Chaudhury is the Franklin J. Howes Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at LeHigh University. He is renowned for conducting fundamental studies of the roles of energetic and kinetic processes on adhesion, fracture and tribological properties of polymeric interfaces, and has published 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Cesar Silebi - Lehigh University

Cesar Silebi is a professor of chemical engineering at LeHigh University, where he has three specific research areas, one of which includes the investigation of interactions within colloidal systems. His laboratory also investigates electrokinetic and hydrodynamic fractionation of colloidal dispersions.

Mayuresh Kothare - Lehigh University

Mayuresh Kothare is the R.L. McCann professor of chemical engineering and bioengineering at Lehigh University, where he also serves as the chair of the chemical and biomolecular engineering department. His areas of research include neuroengineering, nonlinear systems, and modeling of biological systems, and in 2012 he became one of just two chemical engineers named as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellows.

S. Komar Kawatra - Michigan Technological University

S. Komar Kawatra is a professor of chemical engineering at the Michigan Technological University, where he also serves as the department chair. He has worked at this institution since 1977, where his research interests include iron and steel making, as well as particle technology. He is also the editor in chief for theMinerals & Metallurgical Processing Journal and the Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy Review Journal.

Keith Gubbins - North Carolina State University

Keith Gubbins is the W.H. Clark Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University, where he works within the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering. His areas of focus include confined materials, adsorption, molecular simulation, and surface properties, and he has received many awards in the past, the most recent being the 2013 Lennard-Jones Lectureship and Prize from the British Royal Society of Chemistry.

Linda J. Broadbelt - Northwestern University

Linda J. Broadbelt is the Sara Rebecca Roland Professor at Northwestern University, where she also serves as a professor of chemical and biological engineering and as the department chair. She has co-authored a number of various publications, including the 2015 “The Alpha-Bet(a) of Salty Glucose Pyrolysis: Computational Investigations Reveal Carbohydrate Pyrolysis Catalytic Action by Sodium Ions.”

Saad Khan - North Carolina State University

Saad Khan is the Alcoa Professor within the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering at North Carolina State University, as well as the director of the graduate program. He was the recipient of the 2010 R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Extension, as well as the 2009 Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award.

Phillip Westmoreland - North Carolina State University

Phillip Westmoreland is a professor of chemical engineering at North Carolina State University, where he also serves as the executive director of the Institute for Computational Science and Engineering. In 2013 he served as the president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and received the Director’s Award for Collaborative Integration in 2009.

Stacey Bent - Stanford University

Stacey Bent is the Jagdeep and Roshni Singh Professor of chemical engineering at Stanford University, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy. She was awarded a fellowship with the American Chemical Society in 2013, as well as with the World Technology Network in 2011.

David B. Graves - University of California, Berkeley

David B. Graves is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UC Berkeley, where he also serves as the Lam Research Distinguished Professor in Semiconductor Processing. His research interests include plasma processing and electronic materials, and has published a wide array of articles and other publications since 1982.

Mahdi Abu-Omar - University of California, Santa Barbara

Mahdi Abu-Omar is the Mellichamp Professor of Green Chemistry in the departments of chemistry and biochemistry and department of chemical engineering at UCSB. He served as a fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012, and was a University Faculty Scholar from 2008 to 2013. His research is in Sustainable Chemistry and Renewable Energy Science and Engineering.

Mark Burns - University of Michigan

Mark Burns is the Anthony C. Lembke Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he also serves as the T.C. Chang Professor of Chemical Engineering. He was named a fellow by the National Academy of Inventors in 2013, and received the 2004 College of Engineering Research Excellence Award from the University of Michigan.

Manos Mavrikakis - University of Wisconsin at Madison

Manos Mavrikakis is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and Paul A. Elfers Professor within department of engineering at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he serves as the department chair and is primarily affiliated with the chemical and biological engineering program. He was also awarded the L.T. Fan Distinguished Lectureship at Kansas State University in 2015, and has served as the editor in chief of Surface Science since 2012.

Richard B. Dickinson - University of Florida

Richard B. Dickson is the chair of the department of chemical engineering at the University of Florida, where he also serves as a professor. His areas of focus include biomolecular motors and cell motility, biomedical device-centered infections, and adhesion-mediated cell migration.

Venkat Ganesan - University of Texas at Austin

Venkat Ganesan is the Kenneth A. Kobe Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where his research focuses on advanced materials, polymers and nanotechnology, energy, and modeling and simulation. He was the 2009 recipient of the John H. Dillon Medal from the American Physical Society.

Menachem Elimelech - Yale University

Menachem Elimelech is the Roberto C. Goizueta Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at Yale University. In 2015 he received the Eni Prize for ‘Protection of the Environment,’ and in the same year he was selected as the Chinese Academy of Sciences Distinguished Scholar.

Methodology

Because there exists an abundance of highly qualified and skilled professors of chemical engineering nationwide, we were forced to select these individuals based on certain requirements. Indeed, all of these professors meet at least one or more of the criteria listed below:

  • Active professorship - Most importantly, all of these professors are currently employed at their associated institution, where they lead courses on chemical engineering.
  • Publication - Publishing peer-reviewed articles and book chapters shows a dedication to the field, and many of these professors have at least one or more publications to their name.
  • Outside affiliation - Nearly all of these 25 professors are affiliated with at least one professional engineering organization or agency outside of their college or university.
  • Level of education - Finally, a doctorate degree demonstrates a passion for chemical engineering, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of the subject. Indeed, the professors on this list all have a doctorate degree (or the equivalent) in the field of engineering.