Aerosol Science & EngineeringEngineered Aquatic ProcessesSynthetic Biology and Bioproduct EngineeringMulti-scale EngineeringTeaching & Research Faculty

Aerosol Science & Engineering

Engineered Aquatic Processes

Synthetic Biology and Bioproduct Engineering

Multi-scale and Electrochemical Engineering

Teaching & Research Faculty Brennan<img alt="" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Janie-Brennan.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Senior LecturerJanie Brennan - Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering - <p>​PhD, Purdue University, 2015<br/>BS, Purdue University, 2010<br/></p><p>Senior ​Lecturer<br/></p><div>Janie Brennan joined the faculty of the Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at WashU in 2015. From 2010 to 2015, she earned her PhD studying adhesive protein-based biomaterials under Dr. Julie C. Liu at Purdue University. Her current focus is on the use of research-based teaching methods to provide rigorous and engaging learning experiences for her students.</div><div><br/></div><div>Janie has taught a variety of courses at WashU, including Mathematical Methods, Mass Transfer Operations, Computational Modeling, Bioprocess Engineering, and the Unit Operations Laboratory. In addition, she is the faculty advisor for the WashU iGEM team which participates in an international competition in genetic engineering.<br/><br/></div><p>​<span style="color: #444444; text-align: center;">(314) 935-9447</span><br style="color: #444444; text-align: center;"/><a href="" style="background-color: #ffffff; text-align: center;"><br/></a><span style="color: #444444; text-align: center;">Brauer Hall, Room 3002</span><br/></p> Kumfer<img alt="" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/ben-kumfer.jpg?RenditionID=6" width="293" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />​Research Assistant ProfessorBenjamin Kumfer - Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering - <p>​BS, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, 1999<br/>MS, Washington University in St. Louis, 2002<br/>DSc, Washington University in St. Louis, 2005<br/></p><p><strong></strong></p><span><hr/></span><strong style="text-align: center;">Affiliations</strong><br style="text-align: center;"/><ul style="text-align: left;"><li><span style="font-size: 0.9em;"> </span><a href="" style="font-size: 0.9em;">Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization</a><br/></li><li><a href="" style="font-size: 0.9em;">Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering (CASE)</a><br/></li></ul><p><br/></p><p>​Research Assistant Professor<br/></p><p>Ben Kumfer has over 15 years of experience in combustion research, with emphasis on the utilization of oxygen to increase process efficiency, reduce pollutant emissions, produce nanomaterials, and enable capture of carbon dioxide. He has published work on a variety of energy and environmental topics including pressurized oxy-combustion, biomass cofiring, particle formation in flames, and health effects of combustion-generated particles.</p><p>Kumfer serves as the manager of the Advanced Clean Energy Research Facility and oversees the operation of several unique combustion test furnaces at a scale of up to 1 MWth. Prior to joining the research faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, he completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California Davis in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.<br/></p><p>(314) 935-5433<br/><a href="" style="background-color: #ffffff;"></a><br/>Brauer Hall, Room 3001<br/></p> Silbaugh<img alt="" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Silbaugh_Trent.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />LecturerTrent Silbaugh - Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering - <p>​<span style="font-size: 14.4px; text-align: center;">PhD, University of Washington, 2014</span><br style="font-size: 14.4px; text-align: center;"/><span style="font-size: 14.4px; text-align: center;">MS, University of Washington, 2011</span><br style="font-size: 14.4px; text-align: center;"/><span style="font-size: 14.4px; text-align: center;">BS, Arizona State University, 2009 </span><br/></p><p>​Lecturer<br/></p><p>Trent Silbaugh joined the department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis in January 2018. Prior to this appointment, he was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan from 2014 to 2017. While at the University of Michigan, he taught undergraduate courses in Process Dynamics and Control, Reaction Engineering, and Fluid Dynamics as well as participated in research projects focused on heterogeneous catalysis and carbon capture and conversion in the group of Mark A. Barteau. He earned his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Washington under Charles T. Campbell working in the area of experimental surface science. </p><p>At WashU, Trent strives to provide EECE students with the best possible education through the implementation and dissemination of improved teaching methodologies, a dedication to student community building and student advising, and the fostering of communication among faculty teaching across all levels of the departmental curriculum. Trent currently serves as the faculty advisor for the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) Student Chapter at WashU, a Faculty Associate in the Brookings Residential College on the WashU South 40, and the Director of Master's Studies in EECE.<br/></p><p>​<span style="color: #444444; text-align: center;">314-935-6014</span><br style="color: #444444; text-align: center;"/><a href="" style="background-color: #ffffff; text-align: center;"> </a><br style="color: #444444; text-align: center;"/><span style="color: #444444; text-align: center;">Brauer Hall, Room 3028</span><br/></p> Solanki<img alt="Avni Solanki" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Avni%20Solanki.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />LecturerAvni Solanki - Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering - <p></p><p>PhD, University of Florida, 2018<br/>MS, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013<br/>BS, University of Florida, 2012 <br/></p><p>​Lecturer<br/></p><p></p>Avni Solanki joined the faculty of the Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at WashU in Fall 2018. From 2014 to 2018, she earned her doctorate studying pharmaceutical removal and nutrient recovery in source separated urine using biochar under Dr. Treavor Boyer at the University of Florida and Arizona State University. While a PhD student, Avni Solanki co-taught various environmental engineering undergraduate courses such as Water Chemistry, Fate and Transport, and Environmental Processes. Avni Solanki's current focus is integrating hands-on activities within curriculum to enhance the learning experience.<br/><br/><p>314-935-5157<br/> <a href=""></a><br/> Brauer Hall, 3029 </p>

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