Alessandro Gomez and Julie Zimmerman Elected to Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering

SEAS faculty members Alessandro Gomez and Julie B. Zimmerman have been elected to membership in the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE). In addition to the two SEAS representatives, nine other new CASE members are affiliated with Yale University.

Alessandro Gomez, professor of mechanical engineering & materials science, has made significant scientific contributions to advancing the understanding of both combustion in well-defined and well-controlled systems and multiplexed cone-jet electrosprays. In addition to fundamental research on soot formation in high-pressure counterflow diffusion flames and the use of counterflow turbulent flames to synthesize key aspects of turbulent combustion under both nonpremixed and premixed conditions, Gomez has used his combustion research to develop a simple biomass-fueled cook-stove that can be constructed for as little as $10. As well, his multiplexed electrospray arrays have been used for the nanomanufacturing of materials for energy, for the synthesis of biological nanoparticles for controlled/targeted drug delivery, and for electric propulsion.

Julie B. Zimmerman, associate professor of chemical & environmental engineering & forestry & environmental studies, is a pioneer in the creation of systematic and holistic approaches that sustainably enhance water and resource quality and quantity, improve environmental protection, and provide for a higher quality of life. To this end, Zimmerman has made important contributions to green chemistry and engineering with specific emphasis on both green downstream processing and life cycle assessment of algal biomass for fuels and value-added chemicals as well as novel biobased sorbents for purification of drinking water and remediation of industrial wastewater. Other ongoing focus areas include the design of safer chemicals from first principles and the implications of nanomaterials on human health and the environment. Further, to enhance the likelihood of successful implementation of these next generation designs, Zimmerman studies the effectiveness and impediments of current and potential policies developed to advance sustainability.

Election to the Academy is on the basis of scientific and engineering distinction achieved through significant contributions in theory or applications, as demonstrated by original published books and papers, patents, the pioneering of new and developing fields and innovative products, outstanding leadership of nationally recognized technical teams, and external professional awards in recognition of scientific and engineering excellence.

CASE was chartered by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1976 to provide expert guidance on science and technology to the people and to the state of Connecticut, and to promote the application of science and technology to human welfare and economic well-being.