Elizabeth Lipke received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2005 from Rice University, where she studied under Jennifer West. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with Leslie Tung. In 2008, Elizabeth joined the faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University. Elizabeth’s research focuses on designing materials for directing stem cell differentiation and tissue engineering applications.
Elizabeth has been a member of AIChE since 2004 and has actively served Area 8b since 2008 in various roles, including Area Vice-Chair, Area Chair, and oral session chair. Since 2009, Elizabeth has worked extensively with AIChE as the Vice-chair, Chair, and immediate Past Chair of the Women’s Initiatives Committee (WIC), organizing full-day professional development workshops for women undergraduates, graduate students, and assistant professors on the Sunday before the Annual Meeting each year, as well as the networking luncheon and mixer. During her term as chair, Elizabeth also guided WIC through the formation of subcommittees which were critical in enabling the committee to incorporate more volunteers and increase their impact. Elizabeth is also an active member of the Society for Biomaterials (SFB) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and has served as a SFB Special Interest Group officer (2011-2013) and organized multiple sessions and symposia for both SFB and BMES Annual Meetings.