Meg Sobkowicz-Kline

Meg Sobkowicz-Kline, Plastics Engineering, Climate Change Initiative

Meg Sobkowicz-Kline, Plastics Engineering, Climate Change Initiative

Assistant Professor
Phone:
978-934-3433
Office:
Ball Hall 204

Expertise

Renewable polymers, nanocomposites, organic photovoltaics, rheology, scattering

Educational Background

B.S. Chemical Engineering Columbia University
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering Colorado School of Mines

Biosketch

Meg Sobkowicz Kline was born and raised in Massachusetts. During her undergraduate studies at Columbia University she discovered her interest in human impacts on the planet through a summer course on ecology at the Biosphere II facility in southern Arizona. She worked as a field engineer in the petroleum industry and in the municipal water treatment industry in New Mexico and Colorado before returning to school to complete her doctorate with Professor John Dorgan in the area of renewable polymer nanocomposites. Following her graduate studies she accepted a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland to research polymeric materials for photovoltaic applications. She joined the Plastics Engineering Department in 2011.

At UMass Lowell Dr. Sobkowicz Kline’s research is focused on the convergence of energy, sustainability and materials. Her research in organic photovoltaics is centered on new processing techniques for the advancement of low-cost solar technologies. Her polymer nanocomposite work examines green chemistry techniques for polymer property enhancement. Her teaching interests include transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and materials for renewable energy.