Jennifer Sinclair Curtis
Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida
My First Job
After my sophomore year in college, I worked as a summer intern in the "Folgers" Group at Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati. I was trained to be an "Official Coffee Taster" and also analyzed the effect of water hardness on the taste of coffee.
Her Career Since Then
Jennifer Sinclair Curtis is Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Florida (UF). Prior to this, she held administrative roles as Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at UF and Associate Dean of Engineering and Department Head of Freshman Engineering at Purdue University. Professor Curtis received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University (1983) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University (1989).
She has an internationally recognized research program in the development and validation of numerical models for the prediction of particle flow phenomena. She is the co-author of over 100 publications and has given over 160 invited lectures at universities, companies, government laboratories and technical conferences. Professor Curtis is a recipient of a Fulbright Research Scholar Award, a NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the American Society of Engineering Education's (ASEE) Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, the Eminent Overseas Lectureship Award by the Institution of Engineers in Australia, the ASEE's Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering, and the AIChE Fluidization Lectureship Award.
She currently serves as Associate Editor of the AIChE Journal and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Powder Technology and Chemical Engineering Education. She has served on the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) Committee on Engineering Education and has participated in two NAE Frontiers of Research Symposiums (2003 and 2008). Currently, she is a Board member of the National Academies' Chemical Science Roundtable, as well as the Council for Chemical Research and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Advice to Young Chemical Engineers
Give your best to every task--no matter how small. Always do what is required--you can certainly do more--but always do what your boss asks you to do.