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Linda Broadbelt Named Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor

The McCormick researcher has been published in top journals of her field

January 25, 2010

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Linda Broadbelt, professor and chair of chemical and biological engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern, has been named the Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor.

Broadbelt's research and teaching interests are in the areas of multiscale modeling, complex kinetics modeling, environmental catalysis, novel biochemical pathways and polymerization/depolymerization kinetics. As director of the Broadbelt Research Group, she leads doctoral students in the study of these topics, and their research has been published in the top publications of their field.

Broadbelt is associate editor for the journal Energy and Fuels. She currently serves on the executive board of the National Program Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and recently completed a five-year term as the chair of programming for the Division of Catalysis and Reaction Engineering of AIChE. She was appointed to the scientific organizing committee for the 21st and 19th International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering and served on the science advisory committee of the Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center from 1998 to 2005.

Broadbelt received a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award and served as visiting researcher at the Imperial College in London from 2006 to 2007. Other honors include AIChE Women's Initiative Committee Mentorship Excellence Award recipient, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation and appointment to the Defense Science Study Group of the Institute for Defense Analyses.

Broadbelt joined the Northwestern faculty in 1994 and held the Donald and June Brewer Junior Professorship from 1994 to 1996.

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