Biography

Jennifer Sinclair Curtis is Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on the development and validation of particle flow models which have been extensively adopted by both commercial and open source CFD software packages. She is a Fellow of APS, ASEE, AIChE, and AAAS. She is recipient of AIChE’s Particle Technology Forum’s Lifetime Achievement Award, a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award, AIChE’s Thomas-Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems, ASEE’s Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, ASEE’s Thomas and Donna Edgar CACHE Award for Excellence in Computing in Chemical Engineering Education, ASEE’s Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering, the William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award from the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program, and the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and her BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University which recently recognized her as a distinguished engineering alumna. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the National Academies’ Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology and Chair of the Engineering Section of AAAS.

Professional Experience

  • Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, UC Davis, 10/2015 – Present
  • Dean of the College of Engineering, UC Davis, 10/2015 – 12/2020
  • Director, Florida Energy Systems Consortium, 3/2013 – 9/2015
  • Associate Dean for Research and Facilities, College of Engineering, University of Florida, 3/2012 – 9/2015
  • Distinguished Professor, University of Florida, 7/2011 – 9/2015
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1/2011 – 12/2013
  • Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, 1/2005 – 6/2011
  • Department Chair of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, 1/2005 – 8/2009
  • Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, 6/2004 – 12/2004
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, 8/2001 – 5/2004
  • Associate Dean of Engineering, Undergraduate Education, Purdue University, 4/2002 – 7/2003
  • Department Head of Freshman Engineering, Purdue University, 8/2000 – 7/2003
  • Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, 6/1997 – 7/2001
  • Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Arizona, 8/1995 – 5/1997
  • Affiliate Faculty, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona, 1/1997 – 5/1997
  • Visiting Research Scientist, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, University of Minnesota, 1/1996
  • Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 7/1995
  • Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1/1990 – 6/1995
  • Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Lafayette College, 7/1987 – 12/1989
  • Mobil Research, Princeton, NJ, Research Engineer, Summer 1983
  • Procter & Gamble, Winton Hill Technical Center, Cincinnati, OH, Research Intern, Summers 1980 and 1981

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