Belinda S. Akpa | AIChE

Belinda S. Akpa

Joint Associate Professor
University of Tennessee

Belinda S. Akpa, PhD, is a Senior Staff Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and joint associate professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Univ. of Tennessee. A highly interdisciplinary researcher, her current interest is in developing mathematical frameworks that integrate scarce and heterogeneous data to connect molecular phenomena to dynamic physiological outcomes. To date, her work has touched the fields of pharmacology/toxicology, membrane biophysics, plant physiology, and forensic anthropology. Through her role at ORNL, she is technical lead for systems modeling in the Accelerating Therapeutics for Opportunities in Medicine Consortium. As an AIChE volunteer, she has been Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC), two-time member of the Societal Impact Operating Council, and current member of the Career and Education Operating Council. Her honors include the MAC Award for Distinguished Service and the Harold Simon Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest teaching distinction in the College of Engineering at her prior institution, the Univ. of Illinois at Chicago. Akpa holds a BA and PhD in chemical engineering from the Univ. of Cambridge.