Jennifer Sinclair Curtis is Dean of the College of Engineering at University of California, Davis. She has also previously served as Associate Dean for Research & Facilities in the College of Engineering and Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, Director of the Florida Energy Systems Consortium (a statewide collaboration in energy research involving all of Florida's 12 state universities), and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Head of the Freshman Engineering Department at Purdue University. Professor Curtis received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University (1983) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University (1989).
Professor Curtis has an internationally-recognized research program in the development and validation of numerical models for the prediction of particle flow phenomena. She is the co-author of over 100 archival publications and has given over 160 invited lectures at universities, companies, government laboratories and technical conferences. She is a Fellow of AAAS, AIChE and ASEE. Professor Curtis is a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award, AIChE's Thomas-Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems, the AIChE’s Fluidization Lectureship Award, AIChE’s van Antwerpen Award, the American Society of Engineering Education's Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, the Eminent Overseas Lectureship Award by the Institution of Engineers in Australia, and ASEE's Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering, and the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. She has served on the National Academy of Engineering's Committee on Engineering Education and has participated in two NAE Frontiers of Research Symposia (2003 and 2008). She currently serves as co-Chair of the National Academies’ Chemical Sciences Roundtable, member of the National Academies’ Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Multiphase Flow.