Chemical Engineering Welcomes New Faculty

The Department of Chemical Engineering proudly welcomes three new faculty members.

Carl Denard, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)

Ph.D. 2014, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Denard is originally from Les Cayes, Haiti. He emigrated to the U.S. where he received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He then moved to the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he obtained his Ph.D. under the tutelage of Prof. Huimin Zhao developing cooperative one-pot chemoenzymatic reactions. Currently, Denard is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. Brent Iverson at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on establishing high-throughput platforms for engineering the substrate specificity of proteases to enable their use as protein therapeutics. Denard will start Spring 2020.

LiLu Tian Funkenbusch, Ph.D. (Lecturer)

Ph.D. 2017, Michigan Technological University

Dr. LiLu T. Funkenbusch is a recent graduate of Michigan Technological University. Her research focused on improving biorefinery designs by creating process-level reactor models. Funkenbusch will teach Unit Operations in Fall 2019.

Fernando Mérida, Ph.D. (Lecturer)

Ph.D. 2018, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Mérida is a recent graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program. His current teaching interests include Unit Operations, Bioprocess Engineering, and nanoparticle-based Drug Delivery. Mérida’s research interests focus on the incorporation of educational models for optimized platforms for traditional and complementary unit operations, fermentation kinetics & modeling, and nanotechnology for fermentation and biomedical applications. Mérida started Spring 2019.