Sheima Khatib, PhD
Dr. Khatib is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University (TTU). Having lived in Spain a big part of her life, she started her American adventure in research in 2010 as a postdoc at Virginia Tech (VT). She got a bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from the University of Malaga, in Spain and moved to Madrid, where she did my PhD in the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (CSIC), in the area of heterogeneous catalysis, a topic which is at the frontier of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Dr. Khatib then continued postdoctoral work in the Institute of Chemical Physics “Rocasolano” in Madrid, Spain, focused on advanced structural characterization industrial catalysts. Her research work at VT, expanded her expertise to the area of separation science and membrane technology. In 2015 she joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at TTU, where she started a research team, focused on synthesis, ex and in situ characterization of supported oxide catalysts employed for direct upgrading of natural gas molecules, namely methane and light alkanes. The team places strong focus on in situ/operando characterization of our catalysts, as well as kinetic studies to elucidate reaction pathways.
Dr. Khatib's growing interest in teaching has led her to participate in several workshops including the New Faculty/Early Career Faculty Teaching Workshop at Virginia Tech (2013), NETI-I in Seattle (2015) and NETI-II in Washington DC (2016). She has been a STEP program fellow during the 2016/17 academic year and will be a STEP specialist for the 2017/18 academic year. Since January 2017, she participated on the board of advisors for CISER at TTU, where she collaborates with ideas on teaching engineering skills to K-12 students. Currently she works with the Office of Educational Programs at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL), in Upton, NY, to establish an educational relationship between TTU and the lab, which will offer an opportunity for both K-12, undergraduate and graduate students to get familiar with synchrotron science and visit the particle accelerators on site at the lab, as well as having BNL scientists visit TTU to impart guest lectures and seminars.