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Meet Our Faculty


  • Carol Barry
    Chair, Professor
    Plastics Engineering

    Plastics processing, including extrusion, injection molding, and novel processing techniques; nanomanufacturing with polymers; 3D printing

  • Bridgette Budhlall, PhD
    Professor and Associate Department Chair for Graduate Programs
    Plastics Engineering

    Polymer colloids, soft matter, stimuli-responsive polymers, emulsion polymerization and water-based polymer coatings, inks and adhesives. Photoresist polymers for nanolithography, nanofluidic devices & microcapsules & hybrid nanoparticles for nanomedicine, biomedical devices, drug delivery devices and biosensors.

  • Amy Peterson, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Associate Chair - Master's Studies
    Plastics Engineering

    Additive Manufacturing, Controlled Release, Polyelectrolyte Processing, Finite Element Analysis, Cell-Material Interactions, Interfacial Phenomena

  • Anne Soucy
    Assistant Teaching Professor, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies
  • Amir Ameli
    Assistant Professor
    Plastics Engineering

    • Processes: Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, Foaming, Injection Molding
    • Materials: Multifunctional Polymer Nanocomposites, Bio-Based Polymers, and Composites, Advanced Polymeric Foams

  • Wan-Ting (Grace) Chen
    Assistant Professor
    Plastics Engineering

    Plastics Recycling, Bioplastics, Microplastics, Safer Solvent Design, Biomass Conversion

  • Stephen Driscoll
    Plastics Engineering

    New polymeric materials, additives, fillers, economic evaluations, elastomers, & rheology

  • Stephen Johnston
    Plastics Engineering

    Computer-aided engineering, computer-aided manufacturing, process control, injection molding, part design, mold design, finite element analysis

  • David Kazmer
    Plastics Engineering

    Plastics product and process design, process simulation, instrumentation, and control

  • Akshay Kokil
    Assistant Teaching Professor
    Plastics Engineering

    Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Technology, Opto-electronic devices, Photophysical characterization

  • Davide Masato, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Plastics Engineering, SCORE
  • Joey Mead
    University Professor, Co-Director of Nanomanufacturing Center of Excellence; Deputy Director, NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing; Center Director, SHAP3D
    Plastics Engineering

    Rubber technology, thermoplastic elastomers, design, properties and processing of elastomers, nano materials.

  • Ramaswamy Nagarajan, Ph.D.
    Professor, Co-Director of HEROES
    Plastics Engineering, HEROES, Fabric Discovery Center, PERC, Nanomanufacturing Center for Excellence, NERVE, RURI, LoCSST,

    Biocatalysis, greener advanced materials (electronic, photo-responsive polymers, molecularly integrated hybrid nanomaterials, materials for energy conversion/storage), elastomers, thermal & morphological characterization of materials, roll to roll manufacture of flexible electronic products.

  • Jay Park
    Assistant Professor
    Plastics Engineering
  • Margaret Sobkowicz, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Plastics Engineering, Climate Change Initiative, ADVANCE, SWIMMER, HEROES, Making Waves, Center for Advanced Manufacturing of Polymers and Soft Materials

    Renewable polymers, Plastics processing, nanocomposites, organic photovoltaics and electronics, rheology, scattering