Laura Dietsche has over 25 years experience in process conceptualization and equipment design, with a focus on advancing fluid mechanics and mixing technologies. After receiving a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981, Laura spent seven years at Dow Chemical’s Agricultural Sciences R&D Laboratory in Pittsburg, California working on process development from lab bench scale to plant start-ups. She returned to Berkeley for her PhD (1988-1992) and, after a post-doc assignment at Lawrence Livermore National Labs, rejoined Dow in the Engineering Sciences group of Core R&D in Midland, Michigan. At Dow, Laura is known for the application of transport fundamentals and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools to advance chemical processing capabilities and for the design of scaled-down high-throughput research devices. Laura is a leader in the CFD community at Dow and an instructor in the Dow Mixing Technology Workshop.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Laura is involved in enhancing the quality of engineering education both as a member of the AIChE Education and Accreditation Committee and as a program evaluator and commissioner for the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. Laura was recently elected to the EAC Executive Committee.