Group & Alumni

Current Members
Recent Alumni
Alumni before 1998
Post-doc Alumni
Most Recent Visitors
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Current Members

Zhekai Deng (Ph.D. candidate  in Chemical Engineering)

B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Applied Math, University of Rochester, 2014


Vidushid Wivedi (Graduate student in Chemical Engineering)

B.E. (Hons.) Chemical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India, 2016


Alexander Fry (Ph.D. candidate  in Mechanical Engineering) 

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014


Austin Isner (Graduate Student in Chemical Engineering)

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 2012


Ryan Jones (Ph.D. candidate  in Mechanical Engineering)

M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Davis 2010

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Denver, 2006


Thomas Lynn (Graduate Student in Engineering Sciences and Applied Math)

M.S. in Engineering Sciences & Applied Math, Northwestern University, 2016

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2014

B.S. in Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2014


Lachlan Smith (Postdoctoral fellow in Chemical Engineering)

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University, 2016

M.Sc. in Pure Mathematics, School of Mathematical Sciences and Statistics, Monash University, 2012

B.Sc. (Hons) with double major in Mathematics, School of Mathematical Sciences and Statistics, Monash University, 2009


Paul Umbanhowar (Research Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering)

Ph.D. in Physics, University of Texas at Austin, 1996

M.S. in Physics, Boston University, 1991

B.A. in Physics, Carleton College, 1987

Research website


Darius Wheeler (Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering)

M.S. in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, 2011

M.S. in Mathematics, Delaware State University, 2010

B.S. in Mathematics, Delaware State University, 2008


Hongyi Xiao (Ph.D. candidate  in Mechanical Engineering)

B.eng in Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2014


Mengqi Yu (Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Engineering)

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Rice University, 2014


Recent Alumni

Adithya Shankar 

M.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, 2017

Currently at Intel, Hillsboro, Oregon.


Paul Park 

Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, 2016
M.S. in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, 2011
B.S. in Engineering Sciences and Applied Math, Northwestern University, 2010

Research Website

Currently at Institue for Defense Analyses, Washington D.C.


Zafir Zaman 

Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, 2016
A.B. in Chemistry with minor in Mathematics, Colgate University, 2010

Currently at Dow Chemical, Freeport, TX.


Conor Schlick 

Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, 2014
M.S. in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, 2011
B.S. in Physics and Math, Boston College, 2010

Currently at Institue for Defense Analyses, Washington D.C.

LinkedIn page


Dennis Ivan Diaz 

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2013
B.S. in Applied Physics, University of the Philippines-Diliman, 2011

Currently at Motorola, Inc., Chicago.


Ivan Christov 

Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, 2011
M.S. in Mathematics, Texas A&M University, 2007
S.B. in Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005

Currently at Purdue University


Gabriel Juarez

Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, 2009
B.A. in Physics, Cornell University, 2004

Currently a Post-Doctoral Associate with Paulo Arratia in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at University of Pennsylvania.


Dean Malmgren

Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, 2009
B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2003
B.S. in Mathematics, University of Michigan, 2003

Currently Managing Partner at Datascope Analytics, LLC.


Pengfei Chen

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2008
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, The National University of Singapore, 2004
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, 1997

Currently with UOP, LLC (a Honeywell Company).


Ashley Smart

Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, 2007
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, 2001

Currently an editor at Physics Today.

Previously a Post-Doctoral Associate with John Brady in Chemical Engineering at California Institute of Technology.


Steve Meier

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2007
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Rice University, 2002

Currently with ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research.


Ben Severson

Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, 2007
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2001

Currently a Financial Engineer at Bengal Capital.


Steve Cisar

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2006
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University, 2000


Nick Pohlman

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2006
S.M. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 2000

Currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northern Illinois University.

Research Website


Stan Fiedor

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2006
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2000

Currently with Eckhardt Trading Company.


Nitin Jain

Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, 2004
M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2000
Bachelor of Engineering, Panjab University, India, 1998

Currently a Management Consultant at ZS Associates.


Ben Socie

M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2003
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 2002

Currently at Tetra Pak.


James Gilchrist

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2003
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Washington University, 1997

Currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University.

Previously a Post-Doctoral Associate with Jennifer Lewis in Materials Science and Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Research Website


Kurt Smith

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2003

Currently with Archimedes, Inc. (www.archimedesmodel.com)


Marc Horner

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2002

Currently with Fluent, Inc.


Gerald Fountain

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2001

Currently with Kraft.


Joseph J. McCarthy

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, 1998

Currently Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Research Website

Alumni before 1998

Ph.D. unless otherwise noted
Bresler, L. - Amoco, Naperville, Illinois; Chakravarthy, V. I2S Dallas; Chella, R. - Prof. Florida State University; Chien, W,L. - Goodyear Research Laboratories; Akron, Chipalkatti, M.H., GTE Laboratories, Boston; Danielson, T.J. Conoco, Oklahoma; de Rousell, P. 3M; Fields, S.D.-Rohm & Haas, Bristol, Pennsylvania; Franjione, J.G..-Tennessee Eastman; Hansen, S. Consultant IPA Global, Virginia; Jana, S.C., Head, Polymer Engineering, Akron University, Khakhar, D.V.- Provost for Faculty and Professor of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay, India, Kusch, H.A., Chevron, Leong, C.W.-venture capitalist, Malaysia, Lin, D.J. (Masters) returned Taiwan; Muzzio, F.J., Professor Rutgers University; Niederkon, T.C., Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati (recently changed jobs), Ohio; Rising, H -Iterated Systems; Sax, J.E. Technical Director, 3M; Serrano, M. - Dow Chemical, Midland, Michigan; Sevick, E.M.- Associate Professor, National Australian University; Shah, N.- Director of Research, Rohm & Haas, Bristol, PA; Swanson, P.D.-Simulation Sciences; Tjahjadi, M. GE, currently Senior Manager at Shanghai; Wolf, J.E. (Masters).

Post-doc Alumni

Hill, K.M. Faculty Univ. Minnesota; Metcalfe, G - CSIRO/DBCE, Australia; Shinbrot, T. Professor Biomedical Eng, Rutgers; Souvaliotis, A. National Starch

Most Recent Visitors

Arndt, T. (Germany); Siegmann-Hegerfeld, T. (Germany); Melani, D.A. (MIT undergraduate).


Jiajun Wang

Associate Professor
State Key Lab of Polymer Reaction Engineering
College of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering
Zhejiang University
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China