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Michael Kassner - Chair

Choong Hoon Cho Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Metal plasticity theory, creep, fracture, phase diagrams, fatigue

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Virgil Adumitroaie

Virgil Adumitroaie

Part-Time Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Byungmin Ahn

Byungmin Ahn

Adjunct Research Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Fred Aminzadeh

Fred Aminzadeh

Adjunct Research Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Reservoir Monitoring, Seismic Acquisition & Processing, Seismic Attributes, E&P Risk Analysis, Petroleum Economic Assessment, Micro earthquake data analysis, Shale gas/oil elastic modeling and amplitude versus offset (AVO), 4D Seismic, Reservoir Characterization

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Andrea Armani

Andrea Martin Armani

Ray Irani Chair in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering-Electrophysics, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Chemistry

Research in the Armani Lab combines optics and material synthesis to enable biological and chemical detection as well as therapeutic development. Current projects in photonics are focused on integrating optical components on silicon for telecommunications and biosensing applications. Active bio/chem sensor related projects include the development of a portable optical sensor for water monitoring, the design and demonstration of a new instrument with improved temporal resolution (sub-microsecond), and the detection of cell signaling. Material synthesis and growth is focused on optically active dielectric...

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Paulo Branicio

Paulo Branicio

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Professor Branicio current interests are on materials under extreme conditions, high strength ceramics, phase change materials, metallic glasses and nanoglasses, polymers, and cement.

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Jincai Chang

Jincai Chang

Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering Practice

Research interests include integrated gas reservoir simulation, optimization and strategic planning for the development of large-scale oil and gas fields, as well as storage facilities.

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Eun-Ji Chung

Eun Ji Chung

The Dr. Karl Jacob Jr. and Karl Jacob III Early-Career Chair and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Surgery, and Medicine

Dr. Chung's lab utilizes self-assembly, molecular design, and tissue engineering to generate biomaterial strategies to address the limitations of clinical solutions. One primary focus of our research involves the design and application of self-assembling, peptide amphiphile micelle nanoparticles for cardiovascular and cancer theranostics. Through targeting elements, micelles are tailored to directly bind to sites of diseased tissue for enhanced efficacy, while limiting side effects to normal tissues. Moreover, our goal is to incorporate imaging components within micelles that are relevant for clinical modalities...

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Faruk Civan

Faruk Civan

Part-Time Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Edward Crandall

Edward Crandall

Professor of Medicine and Chemical Engineering and Materials Sciences; Kenneth T. Norris, Jr., Chair in Medicine; Hastings Foundation Professorship in Medicine

Dr. Crandall's research has been focused on the following topics: markers of alveolar epithelial cell development and differentiation, regulation of pulmonary epithelial cell differentiation, acute and chronic lung injury and the factors that influence recovery, transport properties of pulmonary alveolar epithelium, and biology of nanoparticle interactions with alveolar epithelial cells.

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Paul Dapkus

Paul Daniel Dapkus

William M. Keck Chair in Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Physics and Astronomy

Photonics, MOCVD & III-V materials vertical cavity surface emitting lasers, novel photonic devices.

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Iraj Ershaghi

Iraj Ershaghi

Omar B. Milligan Chair in Petroleum Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Smart Oilfield Technologies

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Donald Gautier

Donald Gautier

Part-Time Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Edward Goo

Ed Kwock Goo

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Investigation of phase transformation and crystal defects by transmission electron microscopy

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Nicholas Graham

Nick Graham

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

The Graham Lab focuses on using system biology approaches to understand and develop novel therapeutic approaches for cancer and other human diseases. We specialize in using mass spectrometry and other quantitative, high-content technologies to generate proteomic and metabolomic data from cancer cell lines, mouse models and human patient samples. Through integration of proteomic, metabolomic, genomic and phenotypic data, we aim to create data-driven computational models across multiple components and time scales. These models enable us to extract biological meaning from quantitative, complex data sets. Drawing on...

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Lessa Grunenfelder

Lessa Grunenfelder

Senior Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Engineering education and active learning techniques. Out-of-autoclave manufacturing of carbon fiber composites; defect control, processing efficiency, and next -generation prepregs

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Martin Gundersen

Martin A Gundersen

Lloyd F. Hunt Chair in Electrical Power Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Physics and Astronomy

Research activities are in applied plasma science with applications to combustion, pollution control, and pulsed power; quantum electronics, semiconductor devices and physics, and biophysics. Current interests include applications of pulsed power to biological cells, and investigation of cellular responses to pulsed electrical fields. Plasma research includes the transient plasma devices for treatment of polluting gases including NOx emissions from diesel engines, VOC emissions abatement, and applications to power plants, gasoline engines and other sources. The work combines research and development of both...

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Malancha Gupta

Malancha Gupta

Jack Munushian Early Career Chair and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Chemistry

Research topics: Functional Polymer Films and Coatings, Chemical Vapor Deposition, Surface Modification and Patterning, Hydrogels, and Microfluidic Devices

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Michael Thomas Hahn

Part-Time Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Andrea Hodge

Andrea Maria Hodge

Arthur B. Freeman Professor and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

My research focus is in the area of Nanomechanics, nanocrystalline materials processing, high temperature mechanics, thin and thick film coatings, biomaterials mechanics and foam processing.

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Qiang Huang

Qiang Huang

Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

- AI and Machine Learning for Additive Manufacturing (ML4AM)

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Behnam Jafarpour

Behnam Jafarpour

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering

I work at the interface of computational geoscience and systems science and engineering to better understand, characterize, and predict complex subsurface flow and transport processes in order to optimize the development of subterranean energy, water, and environmental resources. The research in my lab, Subsurface Energy and Environmental Systems (SEES) Lab, integrates advanced computational and mathematical tools with the physics of multiphase flow in porous media to solve energy and environmental problems in geosciences. Examples of energy and environmental applications that we study include conventional and...

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Kristian Jessen

Kristian Jessen

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

* Flow and transport in porous media

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Birendra Jha

Birendra Jha

Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering

I am interested in coupled multi-physics processes of flow, transport, and mechanical deformation in porous media. I emphasize a mathematical and computational approach in studying geophysical systems to identify the dominant coupling mechanisms and expressing them in the form of reduced-order models.

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Rajiv Kalia

Rajiv Kalia

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Computer Science, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Biomedical Engineering

Computing technology will grow by a factor of more than a thousand in the next ten to fifteen years. Our goal is to follow this computing revolution from teraflops (1012 flops) to petaflops (1015 flops). Using this unprecedented computing power, available for the first time in the history of science and engineering, it will be possible to carry out realistic simulations of complex systems and processes in the areas of materials, nanotechnology, and bioengineered systems. Coupled with immersive and interactive visualization this will offer unprecedented opportunity for research as well as modifying graduate and...

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Nikhil Kar

Nikhil Kar

Part-Time Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Martin Horst Karrenbach

Part-Time Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Michael Kassner

Michael Ernest Kassner

Choong Hoon Cho Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Metal plasticity theory, creep, fracture, phase diagrams, fatigue

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Madhi Khademi

Madhi Khademi

Part-Time Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Davood Khairkhah

Davood Khairkhah

Part-Time Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

The researches had been focused on optimization of oil and gas reservoir performance through comprehensive integrated subsurface studies, encompassing various aspects of reservoirs, including environmental studies, production performance analysis, PVT analysis, core analysis (routine and SCAL), fracture assessment, fracking, reservoir characterization (geological, petrophysical and geophysical), well test analysis, reservoir simulation, improved and enhanced oil recovery, and economical evaluation.

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Terence Langdon

Terence Langdon

Professor Emeritus of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Mechanical properties of metals and ceramics, creep, superplasticity, processing and properties of ultrafine-grained materials, severe plastic deformation

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Charles Lee-Jr

Ted Lee Jr.

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

The photocontrolled binding of light-sensitive surfactants onto proteins is being investigated as a means to control protein folding with light irradiation. These photosensitive surfactants undergo a reversible photoisomerization upon exposure to the appropriate wavelength of light, with the visible-light form of the surfactant being more hydrophobic than the UV-light form. As a consequence, the visible-light form exhibits enhanced binding to the hydrophobic domains of the protein compared to the UV-light form of the surfactant. Light scattering and small-angle neutron scattering have recently revealed that this...

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Jerry Lee

Jerry SH Lee, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

As a basic science researcher, Dr. Lee is dedicated to combining cell biology, molecular biology, and engineering approaches to develop novel techniques to elucidate the interplay between biophysical and biochemical drivers of age-related diseases at the single cell and tissue scales. His work has revealed novel key role of Cdc42, one of the RhoGTPases, in mediating nucleus movement and rotation in response to fluid flow. Dr. Lee also led the development of ballistic intracellular nanorheology (BIN) assay used to obtain real-time measurements of intracellular viscoelastic differences in migrating cells grown in...

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Anupam Madhukar

Anupam Madhukar

Kenneth T. Norris Professor in Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Anupam Madhukar examines fundamental and applied issues relating to growth, in-situ processing, and structural and optical studies of III-V semiconductor based quantum nanostructures (quantum wells and quantum dots) for applications in information sensing and processing with the current focus on on-chip single photon source based quantum optical circuits.

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Noah Malmstadt

Noah Malmstadt

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Chemistry

Research in the Malmstadt laboratory focuses broadly on the topic of engineered interfaces. We study this both in terms of the central interface in biology—the cell membrane—and in microfluidic systems, where fluid-fluid and fluid-solid interfaces play key roles in system performance. We build synthetic systems for studying how lipid composition and oxidative processes change the medically relevant properties of cell membranes. We also build systems for studying how neurobiologically important receptor proteins are altered by their local lipid environment, with the long-term goal of tuning this...

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Thomas Marlin

Part-Time Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Matthew Mecklenburg

Part-Time Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Ali Mehrabi

Part-Time Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Ken-ichi Nomura

Ken-ichi Nomura

Senior Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Expertise: Research and development on low-latency high-performance algorithms and software, massively parallel molecular simulation software on peta-to-exascale computing platforms, interactive and immersive visualization tools, software disseminations and outreaches for computational materials science.

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Steven Nutt

Steve R. Nutt

M.C. Gill Chair in Composite Materials and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Nutt's research group focuses on processing science for fiber-reinforced composites, including experimental determination of mechanisms (resin flow, air removal, compaction) and underlying scientific principles governing production of composite laminates and composite structures.  Hallmarks of the group include in situ process diagnostics, design/build of instrumented test beds, and coupling with process modeling.  The scope of research encompasses composites for aerospace, wind energy, and automotive applications, and emphasizes prepregs and liquid molding processes.  Additional topics include...

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Ellen M Pawlikowski

Judge Widney Professor

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Bradford Reynolds Pierce

Part-Time Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Andrei Sergiu Popa

Adjunct Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering Practice

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Si-Zhao Qin

Joe (Joe) Qin

Fluor Professor in Process Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Qin's research interests include big data, process data analytics, statistical process monitoring, fault diagnosis, model predictive control, system identification, multi-step manufacturing control, and control performance monitoring.

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Jayakanth Ravichandran

Jayakanth Ravichandran

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering

I am interested in the physics, materials science, and applications of emerging complex materials. The systems of interest range from ionic oxide materials to more covalent chalcogenides. My group is studying both thermodynamically stable materials, and metastable systems in the film form to achieve the desired functionalities in these systems. Our synthetic capabilities range from bulk ceramic processing, single crystal growth, to state-of-the-art thin film growth techniques with in situ and real time structural and chemical characterization methods. My group also specializes in transport measurements (primarily...

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Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts

Professor of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Molecular and Computational Biology

Prof. Roberts lab uses mRNA display to design new peptides and proteins exploring fundamental aspects of molecular recognition, strategies for new drug development, and probes for biological systems.

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Muhammad Sahimi

Muhammad Sahimi

N.I.O.C. Chair in Petroleum Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

* Effective Properties of heterogeneous and porous materials

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Robello Samuel

Robello Samuel

Part-Time Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Shaama Sharada

Shaama Sharada

WISE Gabilan Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Shaama's research focuses on developing catalysts and photocatalysts to meet energy-efficiency and sustainability goals. Her group utilizes quantum chemistry to find active, selective, and stable catalytic materials for efficient valorization of CH bonds and green conversion of anthropogenic carbon dioxide. Shaama is also keen on making quantum chemical predictions more reliable. She is developing algorithms inspired from signal processing to make otherwise prohibitive but accurate kinetics theories more tractable for routine studies.

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Katherine Shing

Katherine S-F Shing

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

* Classical and statistical thermodynamics

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Ray Stevens

Ray Stevens

Provost Professor of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Over the years the Stevens Lab has developed high-throughput methods to accelerate the understanding of proteins and the molecules that control them. The lab has examined entire bacterial organisms as well as complete protein families like human G-protein coupled receptors. One of the primary research interests is applying these tools to study the chemistry and biology of neurotransmission, and of diseases that affect neurobiology (how does the brain work at the molecular level?). The Steven Lab aims to understand how neuronal cells function on a molecular level and, and on the basis of that understanding, create...

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Armand Tanguay

Armand R. Tanguay, Jr.

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, and Ophthalmology

Professor Tanguay's research interests and experience include the crystal growth and characterization of optical and optoelectronic materials; dielectric and optical thin film physics; thin film deposition technology and characterization; device processing by ion beam milling and etching techniques; electronic/photonic packaging including multichip module integration by flip-chip bonding; physical optics; the physics and technology of electrooptic, optoelectronic, and integrated optical devices (including spatial light modulators, photorefractive volume holographic optical elements, diffractive optical elements,...

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Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Theodore Tsotsis

Theo T Tsotsis

Robert E. Vivian Chair in Energy Resources and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

* Reaction engineering , membrane Separation Processes

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Priya Vashishta

Priya Darshan Vashishta

Dean's Professor in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics and Astronomy

Vashishta previously taught at LSU where he was the Cray Professor of Computational Science, a post he assumed after years as a senior research scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. A fellow of the American Physical Society, he has edited or co-edited 10 books and is the author or co-author of more than 240 papers.

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Han Wang

Han Wang

Robert G. and Mary G. Lane Endowed Early Career Chair and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Our research is at the intersection of nano-electronics, nanophotonics and materials science, exploring topics such as:

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Pin Wang

Pin Wang

Zohrab A. Kaprielian Fellow in Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering

The Wang laboratory focuses on an emerging field of “immunobioengineering” with the aim of employing engineering tools and principles to quantitatively understand the immune system in health and disease and to develop novel molecular and cellular immunotherapies by precisely modulating disease-specific immune responses. The ongoing research research projects include: 1) exploring various strategies to engineer virus-derived vector systems for dendritic cell-targeted vaccine delivery and oncolytic virus-based immunotherapy; 2) designing and optimizing cellular immunotherapy that is based on molecular...

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Arieh Warshel

Arieh Warshel

Dana and David Dornsife Chair in Chemistry and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Arieh Warshel and his coworkers have spearheaded key approaches for simulating the functions of biological molecules, including introducing molecular dynamics in biology; developing the quantum mechanical/molecularmechanical

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Yannis Yortsos

Yannis C Yortsos

Zohrab A. Kaprielian Dean’s Chair in Engineering and Chester F. Dolley Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

* Fluid flow, transport, and reaction in porous media

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Robert Young

Robert Young

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Practice

I have always had a passion for process control and modeling especially applied to chemical reactors. Understanding the behavior of reaction processes is one experience that broadened my interest into process design and process safety. As a member of the faculty at USC, I am able to couple my passion for engineering with the personal joy I get from teaching and learning. I strive to enhance and anchor my students’ educational experience by using my industrial experience.

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Wade Zeno

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (starting Fall 2020)

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Charles Zukoski

Shelly and Ofer Nemirovsky Provost’s Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering

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