Jennifer Curtis

Portrait of Jennifer Curtis

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Dean, College of Engineering


Jennifer Sinclair Curtis is Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Dean of Engineering at University of California, Davis.  She previously served as Director of the Florida Energy Systems Consortium, Associate Dean for Research and Facilities, and Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida.  She also served as Head of Freshman Engineering and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Engineering Education at Purdue University.

Her research focuses on the development and validation of particle flow models which have been extensively adopted by both commercial and open source CFD software packages.  She was the first to partner with ANSYS Fluent to greatly expand the multi-phase simulation capability of the code which is used by 96 of the 100 biggest industrial companies in the world and over 40,000 customers.  Her particulate flow models are also included in the CFD Research Corporation software package and the open-source CFD codes OpenFOAM and MFIX.   She is a Fellow of AAAS, ASEE and AIChE.  She is recipient of AIChE’s Particle Technology Forum’s Lifetime Achievement Award, a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award, AIChE's Thomas-Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems, ASEE’s Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, ASEE’s CACHE Award for Excellence in Computing in Chemical Engineering Education, ASEE's Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering, and the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. She also received the Van Antwerpen Award – the highest award for service to the Institute by the AIChE Board of Directors.  She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and her BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University which recently recognized her as a distinguished engineering alumna.  She currently serves as Co-Chair of the National Academies’ Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology.  More information on Dean Curtis can be found here


Ph.D., M.S., Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, 1989
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, 1983

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