Christopher J. Ellison is an Assistant Professor, the Frank A. Liddell, Jr. Centennial Faculty Fellow and William H. Tonn Faculty Fellow in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also affiliated with the Texas Materials Institute, the materials science and engineering program at The University of Texas at Austin. Chris earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University in 2000. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2005 with John Torkelson where he studied physical aging and the glass transition in nanoconfined polymer thin films. From 2006-2008, he conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota with Frank Bates where he studied the phase behavior of polydisperse block copolymers and nanofiber manufacturing methods. His group’s current research interests include block copolymer self-assembly in thin films, structure and dynamics of nanoconfined polymers, and light-activated chemistries for thin film patterning and fiber manufacturing. Chris is recipient of the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award, DuPont Young Professor Award and the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award. He has been active in AIChE since 2002 and regularly organizes sessions at AIChE Annual Meetings through the Materials Engineering & Science Division. Chris has also served as the AIChE Student Chapter Advisor at UT-Austin since 2008.
As a Director in MESD, Chris would seek out new opportunities for MESD to add value for its members through new programming and member service initiatives. For example, he would hope to expand some of the initiatives piloted by individual areas within MESD across the other areas such that a best practices philosophy is adopted within MESD operations. One example of this is set of invited plenary sessions on Emerging Frontiers in Polymer Science within Area 8A-Polymers that were initiated several years ago and which have been very well received and attended. He would like to see such programming efforts expanded across other areas as well to provide a more impactful and valuable Annual Meeting experience.