Undergraduate Research Advisor for Chemical Engineering

If you are an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering at CMU, I can assist you in finding a research position. Before you ask for help, however, please read the points below so that you understand the process.  The more pro-active you are, the more likely you are to find a position.

  • There is additional information about research available at the Chemical Engineering Advising Portal.
  • I do not have a list of available positions. Most students find positions by talking directly to the professors they want to work with. My role is to help you understand which professors might be best for you to talk to.
  • You don’t have to talk to me in order to find a position, you can always go directly to the professor you are interested in working with.
  • If you email me for help, please send the following information in your email.  The more information you include, the easier it will be for me to help you:

– a current copy of your resume,
– your current program and class standing (e.g. Chemical Engineering sophomore),
– your cumulative undergraduate grade point average,
– a brief statement of why you are interested in research, why you feel that you are a good candidate for a research position, and which research groups or research areas you are most interested in

  • Each professor has his/her own criteria for accepting undergraduates. You must ask the professor directly for this information.
  • Research positions are often filled early, so the sooner you act on talking with professors, the better. For summer positions, it is not too early to talk with professors in January or February. For semester positions, you should start talking to professors by midsemester for the following semester.
  • Research can be done for credit or pay. Often, professors will offer paid positions in the summer and research for credit during the academic year, although this varies from group to group.
  • You don’t have to do research with a Chemical Engineering professor.

Courses Taught

Core Courses

24-231            Fluid Mechanics (2nd yr undergraduate, Mechanical Engineering)

06-323            Heat & Mass Transfer (3rd year undergraduate, Chemical Engineering)

24-711              Fluid Mechanics I (Graduate, Mechanical Engineering)

06-703            Advanced Fluid Dynamics (Graduate, Chemical Engineering)

Specialty Courses

24-739B Special Topics: Interfacial Fluid Mechanics (Graduate)

24-615/42-643/06-623 Microfluidics (Elective course for upper level undergraduates and graduate students in engineering and science; cross-listed in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering.)

Short Courses and Tutorial Lectures

Lecturer on Microfluidics, 13th European School on Rheology, Laboratory for Applied Rheology and Polymer Processing, Leuven, Belgium, September 5 – 9, 2011

Tutorial Lecture on “An Introduction to interfaces and multiphase flows in microfluidics” at the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications Workshop on Microfluidics: Electrokinetic and Interfacial Phenomena, University of Minnesota, December 5-11, 2009

Co-instructor, one-day short course “Microfluidics for Rheologists”, at the Society of Rheology Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, October 6, 2007.  With T. Squires, P. Doyle, and V. Breedveld.

Other Educational Contributions

Struminger Junior Faculty Fellowship, Department of Mechanical Engineering. “An Integrated Computation and Experiment Based Design Project for Fluid Mechanics”, AY 2009-2010.