Faculty Snapshot

At a Glance

  • 25 core teaching and research faculty
  • 12 endowed positions
  • 18 joint or adjunct faculty with other UW departments
  • 24 affiliate faculty from industry and external research and educational institutions

Interdisciplinary Research

ChemE faculty play lead roles at innovative UW centers:

  • The Center for the Science of Synthesis Across Scales (François Baneyx, Director) aims to define the rules that govern how molecular-scale building blocks assemble into ordered structures

  • The Clean Energy Institute (Daniel Schwartz, Director) supports the advancement of next-generation solar energy and battery materials and devices

  • The eScience Institute (David Beck, Director of Research) empowers researchers and students in all fields to answer fundamental questions through the use of large, complex, and noisy data

  • The Center for Dialysis Innovation (Buddy Ratner, Co-Director) develops and tests innovative treatment technologies in order to improve the health and well-being of people receiving dialysis therapy

  • The Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute serves as a physical incubator and an intellectual accelerator for translational molecular-level research in clean tech and biotech


  • National Academy of Engineering Members: Buddy Ratner, Bruce Finlayson (professor emeritus), Allan Hoffman (professor emeritus)

  • National Academy of Sciences Member: Mary Lidstrom 

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows: François Baneyx, Samson Jenekhe, Mary Lidstrom, Buddy Ratner, Charles Sleicher (professor emeritus)

  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellows: François Baneyx,  Buddy Ratner, David Castner (professor emeritus), Allan Hoffman (professor emeritus)  

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Fellows: John Berg, Bruce Finlayson (professor emeritus), Charles Sleicher (professor emeritus)

  • American Academy of Microbiology Fellows: François Baneyx, Mary Lidstrom 

  • American Chemical Society Fellow: Buddy Ratner 

  • Electrochemical Society Fellow: Dan Schwartz

  • American Physical Society Fellow: Sam Jenekhe 

  • UK Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow: Sam Jenekhe 

  • Washington State Academy of Science Members: François Baneyx, Samson Jenekhe, Mary Lidstrom, Buddy Ratner, Dan Schwartz, David Castner (professor emeritus), Bruce Finlayson (professor emeritus), Allan Hoffman (professor emeritus) 

Select Accolades

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers: Elizabeth Nance, 2019

  • Junior Faculty Award, UW College of Engineering: Elizabeth Nance, 2019

  • American Vacuum Society Medard W. Welch Award: David Castner, 2018

  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring: Daniel Schwartz, 2018

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award: Cole DeForest, 2017

  • UW Distinguished Teaching Award: Cole DeForest, 2016

  • Forbes "30 under 30" in Science and Medicine: Elizabeth Nance, 2015

  • Burroughs Wellcome Career Award: Elizabeth Nance, 2014

  • Lifetime Inventor & Innovator Award, UW School of Medicine: Buddy Ratner, 2014

  • UW Presidential Innovation Award: James Carothers, 2014

  • Junior Faculty Innovator Award, UW College of Engineering: Jim Pfaendtner, 2014

  • Sloan Research Fellow: James Carothers, 2013

  • DOE Early Career Award: Lilo Pozzo, 2013

  • UW Distinguished Teaching Award: Jim Pfaendtner, 2013

  • UW Outstanding Research Mentor Award: Lilo Pozzo, 2013

  • Innovator in Teaching and Learning, UW College of Engineering: René Overney, 2012

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award: Jim Pfaendtner, 2012