On June 1st, Prof. Doug Cooper retired from the faculty of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. I couldn't let this occasion go unremarked upon. I’ve been fortunate to have known Doug for about 18 years now. Indeed, he was the Chair of the Search Committee that hired me. Many of you may not be aware of the numerous contributions that Doug has made to the Department, the School, and the University as a whole.
Doug joined UConn in 1985 as a freshly minted PhD from the University of Colorado and has been here ever since. Doug’s technical expertise is in the area of process control. Unlike many of his academic peers, Doug had a strong focus on industry and practical applications from the beginning. He did extensive consulting for the automotive industry in his early years and a tremendous fraction of his research funding was from industry. Doug’s interests led him down an entrepreneurial path, and he founded Control Station, Inc. Beginning as a small startup in the early 2000’s, the company weathered the recession of 2008, and today their software is used by over a third of all the Industrial Fortune 500 Companies.
Even with is his entrepreneurial leanings, Doug was a professor through and through. He translated his practical knowledge to the classroom. Doug started doing on-line teaching in the early 2000’s, long before MOOC’s were popular and before the technology and infrastructure were available. Doug instead built his own infrastructure. He started a blog which included various modules and is now an extensive resource on process control. He wrote a textbook, which he has made freely available on-line. He worked with the UConn Co-Gen plant to make it a living lab for the undergrads and to help use it as a pilot-scale test bed for his research ideas on optimization and process control. He also helped teach our students about the “softer” skills, running an annual workshop for the UConn Chapter of AIChE. He would critique resumés and work through mock interviews with students. He would teach what was appropriate to ask, what not to ask, and how to speak, dress, etc. Outside of the workshop, if any student wanted their resumé reviewed, Doug would do it.
In addition to the research and teaching, Doug’s desire to elevate UConn led him to a number of administrative roles. He served as Department Head twice. The first time was from 2004 to 2006 and the second time was from 2013 to 2016. In addition, as a testimony to his passion for education, Doug served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Regional Campuses from 2009 to 2011. Finally, I would point out that Doug was also Director of Engineering Computing Services, a service I don’t believe many in the Department are aware of.
Doug’s strong efforts have been recognized via numerous accolades. He has been the recipient of the Faculty of the Year Award as selected by the graduating class multiple times. He was also selected as a University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow in 2003 and was a recipient of the extremely prestigious and competitive US Professor of the Year Award as recognized by the Carnegie Foundation in 2004. Doug is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
Personally, I’ve found it to be a privilege and an honor to know Doug. He helped smooth my transition here to UConn as a new faculty member when I was still learning the ropes. Throughout the entire time I’ve known Doug, one thing has become abundantly clear to me. Doug loves this Department. Everything he has done has always been in pursuit of making the Department a better place for students, staff, and faculty. Whenever I’ve spoken to Doug, his focus has always been on how we can remove impediments faced by faculty to make them as successful as possible; what are practical effective methods to teach students and what are the topics that they will really use after graduation; and what can we do to ease the ever increasing burden on our staff.
We have all been very fortunate to know Doug, and the Department is a better place for him being here. Thanks Doug for all the has done for us.
Prof. & Dept. Head
The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department would like to congratulate Professor Anson Ma on receiving this prestigious fellowship. More information regarding this fellowship and how it relates to his research can be found here.
The Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department would like to congratulate Professor Barry Carter on his selection as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Microscopy Society. Professor Carter is being recognized for “…outstanding internationally-recognized contributions to microscopy in both science and education over several decades.” Selection as a Fellow is considered the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Society. More details regarding his appointment can be found here.
A new position is now open for tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor at the Chemical and Biomolecular Department. Search # 2020288
The Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut invites applications to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level, with an expected start date of August 23, 2020.
The University of Connecticut (UConn) is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut (http://nextgenct.uconn.edu/) and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut (http://biosciencect.uchc.edu/) investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (http://issuu.com/uconnprovost/docs/academic-plan-single-hi-optimized_1). As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty members at all ranks during the past three years. We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for one Assistant or Associate Professor position in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department.
The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding (in disciplines where applicable), high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, performances and exhibits (in disciplines where applicable), and national recognition as through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.
The research specialty of primary interest is in the area of energy broadly interpreted, with research interests including, but not limited to: advanced energy materials, processes, and systems; combustion science & technology; energy storage and power management; fuels and fuel processing; renewable energy & resources; or bioenergy/biofuels. Other topics in the broad area of energy are also welcome.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develop and sustain an externally funded research program in the field of Chemical Engineering emphasizing but not limited to advanced energy materials, processes, and systems; combustion science & technology; energy storage and power management; fuels and fuel processing; renewable energy & resources; or bioenergy/biofuels.
- Develop a national and international presence and reputation for excellence in research in Chemical Engineering and the specialty subfield(s) of interest as listed above.
- Teach undergraduate and graduate core curriculum courses and specialty courses in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department.
- Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
- Provide service and leadership to all units of the University of Connecticut, to external academic and scientific communities, and to the general public.
Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or a related field by the time of appointment; an established record of research with demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching commensurate with experience; and a commitment to promoting diversity through their academic and research programs. Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to graduate education.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred candidates will possess an outstanding record of scholarship and research contributions commensurate with experience, with accomplishments that demonstrate the relevance of their research to the chemical engineering and/or energy field in general. A record of excellence in teaching; the ability to effectively communicate with students in both large and small audiences, and a record of public engagement are equally desirable.
This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2020. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.
To apply, click here and select “Apply” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and scholarship statement; teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.); and sample articles or books. Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct three reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment of the successful candidates will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 493703)
UCONN Biodiesel technology led by Prof. Richard Parnas was installed at the wastewater treatment plant of the city of Danbury in CT. “We will be converting their waste stream, brown grease, to biodiesel fuel for use in their municipal vehicles, school buses, and heating systems” said Prof Parnas. A proposal was submitted to the city of New Haven to install the same technology to their water treatment facility. New Haven and Danbury are very excited to include UCONN as a partner in these projects.