James D. Palmer, Ph.D., P.E.
Virgil Orr Professor, Chemical Engineering
Academic Director for Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
LEADERSHIP - Proven record of improving organizations. Increased quality (FE pass rates) and enrollment in chemical engineering program. Transitioned MS program to online delivery, from low completer to thriving program. Key contributor to many College and University strategic activities. Budgetary authority of over $1 million.
RESEARCH - Over $1.3million in research and educational grants since Fall 2007 (Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, etc.). Currently oversee 2 PhD students (cellulosic ethanol) and 1 MS student (microfluidic process intensification of biodiesel). Recent industry consulting using FLUENT CFD, and experimental project with a separate company (economic development).
TEACHING - Taught Chemical Plant Design sequence since arriving at Tech in 2000 (with process safety and simulation). Developed numerous courses, such as NSF sponsored junior level Nanosystems Laboratory and graduate Microsystems Laboratory (in addition to fluids, heat transfer, chemical microsystems).
Three years of chemical process experience at Albemarle Corporation (2 years R&D scale-up, 1 year startup of green-field plant in manufacturing). Expert witness.