Dr. Jennifer S. Curtis | AIChE

Dr. Jennifer S. Curtis

Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Davis

Jennifer Sinclair Curtis is Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and former Dean of Engineering at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on the development and validation of particle flow models that have been extensively adopted by both commercial and open source CFD software packages. She was the first to partner with ANSYS Fluent to greatly expand the multi-phase simulation capability of the code which is used by 96 of the 100 biggest industrial companies in the world and over 40,000 customers. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of APS, AAAS, ASEE and AIChE. She is recipient of AIChE’s Particle Technology Forum’s Lifetime Achievement Award, a Humboldt Research Award, a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award, AIChE's Thomas-Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems, AIChE’s Van Antwerpen Award for Service to the Institute, ASEE’s Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, ASEE’s CACHE Award for Excellence in Computing in Chemical Engineering Education, and the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. She received her PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University and her BS in chemical engineering from Purdue University, which recognized her as a distinguished engineering alumna. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the National Academies’ Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology and Vice-Chair of AIChE’s Foundation Board of Trustees.