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Chau-Chyun ChenChau-Chyun Chen, Sc.D.Jack Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair in Sustainable Energy and ProfessorEmail
P: 806.834.3098
F: 806.742.3552
  • Molecular thermodynamics, Thermophysical properties and fluid phase equilibria, Process modeling and simulation
  • Petroleum crude characterization, Hydraulic fracturing and flow-back fluids
  • CO2 capture systems, Energy storage systems
  • Pharmaceutical solubility modeling
Harvinder Singh GillHarvinder Singh Gill, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorEmail
P: 806.834.3682
F: 806.742.3552
  • Micro− & Nano−Systems for Drug & Vaccine Delivery
  • Bio−Nanomaterials
  • Mucosal Vaccination
  • Immunomodulation
Ronald C. HeddenRonald C. Hedden, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorEmail
P: 806.834.3557
F: 806.742.3552
  • Polymer Science & Engineering: Networks, Gels, & Elastomers
  • Mechanical Phenomena in Liquid Crystalline Elastomers
  • Ionizable Hydrogels: From Basic Physics to Bio−Energy Applications
  • Polymer Nanoinfusion Processing
Fazle HussainFazle Hussain, Ph.D.President's Distinguished Chair in Engineering and Science, Senior Adviser to the President, and Professor of Mechanical EngineeringEmail
P: 806.834.7805
F: 806.742.3540
  • Vortex dynamics, turbulence, and measurement techniques
  • Coherent structures in fluid turbulence
  • Holography
  • Flow noise and flow control
  • Cardiovascular dynamics
  • Modeling cancer growth
  • Nanomedicine and nanotechnology
Sheima Jatib-KhatibSheima Jatib-Khatib, Ph.D.Assistant Professor (January 2015)Website
P: 806.742.3553
F: 806.742.3552
  • Heterogeneous supported metal oxide catalysis, e.g. for production of propylene oxide
  • Membrane separation technology
  • Membrane reactors
Rajesh KhareRajesh Khare, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorEmail
P: 806.834.0449
F: 806.742.3552
  • Atomistic and Mesoscopic Simulations
  • Thermomechanical Properties of Crosslinked Polymers and their Nanocomposites
  • Rheology of Complex Fluids: Particle Rheology Simulations, Joint Lubrication
  • Biofuels: Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Cellulose
Carla LacerdaCarla Lacerda, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorEmail
P: 806.834.4089
F: 806.742.3552
Wei LiWei Li, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorEmail
P: 806.834.2209
F: 806.742.3552
  • Cell microenvironments, soft materials
  • Cell capture and release from polymer surface
  • High-throughput layer-by-layer (LbL) systems
  • Biomedical microdevices
Jeremy MarstonJeremy Marston, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorEmail
P: 806.834.7012
F: 806.742.3552
  • Ultra-high-speed imaging of fluid dynamics phenomena
  • Multiphase flows; wicking in powders and porous media
  • Waterless cleaning technologies for solar technologies
  • Water and oil encapsulations using hydrophobic and oleophobic particulates
Gregory B. McKennaGregory B. McKenna, Ph.D.Horn Professor and John R. Bradford Chair in EngineeringEmail
P: 806.834.4136
F: 806.742.3552
  • Small Molecule Interactions with Glassy Polymers
  • Torsion & Normal Force Measurements
  • Nanorheology & Nanomechanics
  • Melt & Solution Rheometry
  • Residual Stresses in Composite Materials
Nurxat NurajeNurxat Nuraje, Ph.D.Assistant Professor (January 2015)Website
P: 806.742.3553
F: 806.742.3552
  • Enhanced oil recovery
  • Polymer thin films
  • Photocatalysts
  • Nanomaterials for renewable energy
Danny ReibleDanny Reible, Ph.D., P.E.Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental EngineeringEmail
P: 806.834.8050
F: 806.742.3488
  • Contaminant fate and behavior in the environment
  • Modeling environmental processes
  • Assessment and management of contaminated sediments
  • Treatment and recycling of produced and flowback waters
  • Sustainable management of water resources
Al Sacco Jr.Al Sacco Jr., Ph.D.Dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of EngineeringEmail
P: 806.742.3451
F: 806.742.3493
  • Carbon filament initiation and growth
  • Transition metal and acid catalyst and their deactivation
  • Zeolite synthesis
Sindee L. SimonSindee L. Simon, Ph.D.Whitacre Department Chair and Horn ProfessorEmail
P: 806.834.8470
F: 806.742.3552
  • Physics of the Glass Transition & Structural Recovery
  • Melting & the Glass Transition at the Nanoscale
  • Cure & Properties of Thermosets
Siva A. VanapalliSiva A. Vanapalli, Ph.D.Associate Professor and Graduate AdvisorEmail
P: 806.834.1757
F: 806.742.3552
  • Microfluidics
  • Fluid mechanics of drops, polymer solutions and cells
  • Tumor cell mechanics and cancer diagnostics
  • Devices for drug screening
  • Devices for C. elegans biology
Mark W. VaughnMark W. Vaughn, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorEmail
P: 806.834.0451
F: 806.742.3552
  • Nitric Oxide in the Microcirculation
  • Membrane Transport of Small Molecules
  • Transport & Reaction in Concentrated Disperse System
Brandon WeeksBrandon Weeks, Ph.D.Associate Department Chair and ProfessorEmail
P: 806.834.7450
F: 806.742.3552
  • High Explosives
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Microcantilever−Based Sensors
  • Dip−Pen Nanolithography
  • Crystal Growth
Theodore F. WiesnerTheodore F. Wiesner, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorEmail
P: 806.834.1448
F: 806.742.3552
  • Alternative Energy, Particularly Solar Energy Harvesting & Hydrogen Production
  • CO2 Mitigation
  • Chemical Process Simulation
  • Interactive Multimedia Lessons for Chemical Engineering

Supporting Faculty

Chijuan HuChijuan Hu, M.A.S.Assistant Professor of PracticeEmail
P: 806.834.4613
F: 806.742.3552
  • Sustainable Energy, Energy Storage
  • Biotechnology, First and Second Generation Biofuels, Bioprocesses
Jeevan MaddalaJeevan Maddala, Ph.D.Research Assistant ProfessorEmail
P: 806.742.3553
F: 806.742.3552

Adjunct Faculty

Micah GreenMicah Green, Ph.D.Adjunct ProfessorEmail
Raghunathan RengasamyRaghunathan Rengasamy, Ph.D.Adjunct ProfessorEmail

Emeritus Faculty

Robert M. BetheaRobert M. Bethea, Ph.D.Emeritus ProfessorEmail
Harry W. ParkerHarry W. Parker, Ph.D.Emeritus ProfessorEmail
James RiggsJames Riggs, Ph.D.Emeritus ProfessorEmail
Richard TockRichard Tock, Ph.D., P.E.Emeritus ProfessorEmail


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Mary Beth AbernathyMary BethAbernathyUnit CoordinatorCHE 204806.834.7290marybeth.abernathy@ttu.edu
Chandon AhmadChandonAhmadSenior AnalystCHE 204806.834.7024chandon.ahmad@ttu.edu
MichaelBullingtonStudent AssistantCHE 211806.834.8314michael.bullington@ttu.edu
Kristina ThompsonKristinaThompsonUndergraduate AdvisorCHE 211806.834.1012kristina.thompson@ttu.edu