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2023 Edition

Catalyst Archive

ChemE faculty at the 2023 faculty retreat

Expanding and innovating in ChemE education

The University of Washington Chemical Engineering (ChemE) department continues to shape the narrative around what it means to be a chemical engineer, and much of the innovation starts outside the classroom. 

Zach Sherman

Meet our new faculty

Zach Sherman has joined ChemE as assistant professor.

John Berg

Distinguished Teaching Legacy Award

John C. Berg, a beloved professor of chemical engineering, receives this year's honor.

Nance is Named Editor-in Chief of Bioengineering & Translational Medicine Journal

Elizabeth Nance, the Jagjeet and Janice Bindra Endowed Career Development Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Engineering Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Washington, has been selected as the new Editor-in-Chief of Bioengineering and Translational Medicine (BioTM) journal

AIChE’s 35 Under 35

Julie Rorrer, assistant professor of chemical engineering, named among AIChE's 35 under 35.

Making bacteria work smarter

Chemical engineers are harnessing genetic engineering tools to rewire biological systems.

Addressing the climate crisis

Mary Lidstrom, Professor Emeritus of chemical engineering and of microbiology, is leading a research team dedicated to slowing global warming by removing methane from the air.

Acid, ions and industry experience

The UW College of Engineering’s Industry Capstone Program brings engineering seniors and industry partners together to assess real-world problems while offering valuable hands-on experience.

2023 Moulton Distinguished Alumnus

Tony Huang graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1982. 

2023 Early Career Impact Award

Eric Karp (Ph.D. '12) is an emerging leader in the clean energy transition.

Inspired by others’ giving, ChemE alum starts new endowment

UW ChemE alum Rob Hinton (B.S. ‘89) shows his passion for education by starting an endowment for future Ph.D. students in chemical engineering.

2023 Introduce a Girl to Green Technology

The 7th annual installation of the Introduce a Girl series, organized by Women in Chemical Engineering (WChE) at the University of Washington, provided an afternoon of STEM demonstrations to young girls ages 5-15 all related green technology. 

An evolving IDEA

Since 2016, UW ChemE has been committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone is equipped to learn and to do their best work


Catalyst is the department's newsletter for alumni, published annually.