Renewable polymers, Plastics processing, nanocomposites, organic photovoltaics and electronics, rheology, scattering
B.S. Chemical Engineering Columbia University
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering Colorado School of Mines
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 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 processing work examines green chemistry techniques for polymer property enhancement. Meg is also actively involved in increasing participation and persistence of women in engineering at all levels. Her teaching interests include transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and materials for renewable energy.