Dr. David Shonnard | AIChE

Dr. David Shonnard

Professor & Robbins Chair
Michigan Technological University

David R. Shonnard is a professor in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering and the Richard and Bonnie Robbins Chair in Sustainable Use of Materials at Michigan Technological Univ. His teaching and research interests are at the intersection of chemical engineering and environmental sustainability. He has co-authored two textbooks: one on green engineering and another on sustainable engineering; developed and directs a multidisciplinary graduate certificate in engineering sustainability and resilience; and developed numerous educational modules to incorporate sustainability into core chemical engineering courses. His research focuses on reaction engineering for advanced biofuels, thermal conversion of waste plastics, environmental life cycle assessments of sustainable energy technologies, technoeconomic analyses, and systems analyses for plastics in a circular economy. Sponsors of his research include the National Science Foundation, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Energy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as numerous chemical industry companies and foundations. His honors include the American Society for Engineering Education’s Raymond Fahien Award, the Research Award from AIChE’s Sustainable Engineering Forum, and the Michigan Tech Research Award. Leadership experiences include roles as Director of the Sustainable Futures Institute at Michigan Tech, Lead for Michigan Tech’s Presidential Initiative on Sustainability and Resilience, and Chair of AIChE’s Institute for Sustainability. He has cultivated a community of education and research collaborators in the EU, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.