Christine Grant is a Fellow, Life Member, and the 2022 President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State University, where she has served as the inaugural Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement for 12 years. In this role, Grant was responsible for faculty development, promotion, and tenure in the College of Engineering at NC State.
She received an Sc.B. in Chemical Engineering from Brown University. She also has an M.S. and a Ph.D., both in Chemical Engineering, from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Grant has conducted research in surface/interfacial science and developed a green chemical engineering curriculum.
Grant previously served AIChE as a member of the following: Board of Directors, Chemical Technology Operating Council (CTOC), Environmental Division, National Awards and Nominating Committees, and the Henry & Melinda Brown Endowment Steering Committee. She has also been Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee.
For decades, Grant has been recognized for broadening the participation, promotion, and retention of underrepresented minorities and women in STEM. She is also a Life Member of SWE, NSBE and AISES.
Her recognition includes the following: AAAS Mentor Award (2015); NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) (2003); William W. Grimes Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering (AIChE Minority Affairs Committee) (2019); Dr. Joseph N. Cannon Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) (2019); Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network (WEPAN) Bevlee A. Watford Inclusive Excellence Award (2017); American Chemical Society Stan Israel Award for Diversity: SERMACS (2012); Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society (2010); and the Council for Chemical Research (CCR) National Diversity Award (2009).
Grant has been a Visiting Senior Scholar at AAAS and a Grant Expert and Program Director at NSF. She has also been active as a PI on multiple NSF ADVANCE grants and served on the advisory board (or consulted with) several ADVANCE schools, including Texas A&M University, Cornell University, Lehigh University, University of New Hampshire, and the University of Cincinnati. In this role, she promoted institutional transformation in STEM fields.
She is also co-editor of the book, “Success Strategies from Women in STEM: A Portable Mentor” by Elsevier/Academic Press. She has contributed chapters to “Growing Diverse STEM Communities: Methodologies, Impact and Evidence” (2019) and the ACS Book “Overcoming Barriers for Women of Color in STEM Fields” (2020).