Faculty

Fluid Mechanics Pioneer: Professor Emeritus Stephen Whitaker

November 26, 2019
Growing up in California’s Carmel woods, near Carmel-by-the-Sea, chemical engineering emeritus professor Stephen Whitaker began his path toward UC Davis as a chemistry major at UC Berkeley in the 1950s. He was intrigued by the principle of ‘lost work,’ in fluid mechanics a scenario in which “everyone knows what it is, but nobody knows how to prove it,” said Whitaker.

College of Engineering Dean Jennifer Curtis receives 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from American Institute of Chemical Engineers

October 28, 2019
Jennifer Sinclair Curtis, Dean of the College of Engineering, has received the 2019 Particle Technology Forum’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She is being recognized as an outstanding contributor to the field of particle technology as well as for her leadership in promoting scholarship, research, development, service and education in this field.

Optimizing Controls Systems with Matt Ellis

July 26, 2019
From cars to energy to factory floors and retail stores, control systems—systems that manage or regulate different devices or smaller systems—are a huge part of our everyday world. New chemical engineering assistant professor Matt Ellis works to make these systems run more efficiently and solve problems for industry.

Harishankar Manikantan: Flowing Through the Field of Complex Fluids

July 26, 2019

New assistant professor Harishankar Manikantan is a researcher and teacher in all senses of the words. With a background in three different disciplines and a passion for outreach and mentorship, he joins the Department of Chemical Engineering to advance the field of complex fluids and teach the public about the physics behind the gels, foams and other complex liquids we use every day.

CHE Faculty Jiandi Wan Receives $2.8M NIH Grant

September 24, 2018

Assistant Professor Jiandi Wan from Chemical Engineering and Professor Maiken Nedergaard from University of Rochester Medical Center will share a multi PI RO1 grant from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to investigate capillary hyperemia in white matter in the brain.