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J. Moe Benda, Instructor
Director, Iron Range/UMD Graduate Engineering Education Program

MS Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University
BS Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

  • 2012 SCSE Teaching Award

242 Engineering Building
1303 Ordean Ct
Duluth, MN 55812
Phone: 218-726-6201



Mesabi Range College
C170 Administration Building
1001 Chestnut Street West
Virginia MN 55792-3401

Office: (218) 749-7776
Fax: (218) 726-6360
Cell: (218) 290-5366

Dr. Richard Davis, Professor & Head

PhD Chemical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara
BS Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University

Numerical modeling and simulation of transport phenomena and separation processes; Physico-chemical and thermodynamic property measurement, correlation, and estimation; Gas absorption; Membrane separations; Advanced oxidation; Bioprocess Engineering; Engineering Education.

  • 2009 Omega Chi Epsilon Award
  • 2003 Jean G. Blehart Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2000 Omega Chi Epsilon Award
  • 2000 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award

Office: 172 Engineering Building
Phone: (218) 726-6162



Dr. Otavio Fortini, Associate Professor


Office: 231 Engineering Building
Phone: (218) 726-7416









Dr. Elizabeth Hill, Assistant Professor

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
BS in Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester

Membrane technology, water purification, product stewardship

  • 2014 Dow Chemical WRAP Award

Office: 229 Engineering Building
Phone: (218) 726-8759




Dr. Victor Lai, Assistant Professor

PhD Material Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
BS Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota
BS Material Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
BS Chemistry, University of Minnesota

Biomedical Engineering, biomaterials


Office: 238 Engineering Building
Phone: (218) 726-7564




Dr. Keith Lodge, Professor

PhD Chemistry, University of Sheffield
BSc Molecular Sciences, University of Warwick

Distribution coefficients and physical-chemical properties of hydrophobic pollutants
Unsteady mass transfer of a volatile solute between a liquid and a gas phase

  • 2002 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award

Office: 221 Engineering Building
Phone: (218) 726-6164

Dr. Michael Rother, Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

PhD Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
BS Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota

The effects of surfactants of droplet interactions in viscous flows.

  • 2010 SCSE Young Teacher Scholar Award
  • 2006 Omega Chi Epsilon Award

Office: 223 Engineering Building
Phone: (218) 726-6154


Dr. Guy Sander, Assistant Professor

PhD Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University
BS Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth

Metabolic Engineering of plant tissue and algal systems. Identification of heterogeneous polycyclic plant metabolites using chromatography and mass spectrometry. Metabolomics; Biochemical Engineering; Biorenewable chemicals, fuels, and materials.

  • 2014 SCSE Young Teacher Award
  • 2011 Omega Chi Epsilon Award

Office: 215 Engineering Building
Phone: (218) 726-7828


Dr. Steven Sternberg, P.E., Associate Professor

PhD Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
MS Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
BS Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

Bio-separation of heavy metal contaminants in wastewater and ground water. Experimental and numerical modeling of transport phenomena in porous media. Fractal geometry and statistics. Environmental justice, education and social outreach.

  • 2011-2012 H.T. Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2009 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award
  • 2004 MSPE Faculty Award
  • 1999 Saiki Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence

Office: 227 Engineering Building
Phone: (218) 726-6165


Dr. Rolf Weberg, Associate Professor

Director, Natural Resources Research Institute

PhD Inorganic Chemistry, University of Colorado Boulder
BS Chemistry, University of Minnesota Duluth


As Director of NRRI, Dr. Weberg is responsible for overall management of the applied research institute and its three centers: Applied Research and Technology Development, Water and the Environment, and the Center for Economic Development.





Dr. Zhihua Xu, Assistant Professor

PhD in Materials Science & Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
MS in Materials Science & Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences
BE in Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University

Nano material, photovoltaic materials, material processing


Office: 225 Engineering Building
Phone: (218) 726-7127



Lyndon Ramrattan, Lab Services Coordinator

MSc Tropical Commodity Utilization, University of the West Indies
BSc Agronomy, University of the West Indies


Teaching and research support



Office: 226 Engineering Building

Phone: (218) 726-6171






Julie DeRoche, Executive Office & Administrative Specialist

Duties and Responsibilities: provides support to department head in academic, personnel and budget areas; provides instructional support for faculty; payroll administrator for department; department budget administrator; department purchasing; department course scheduling, assists students with University policies and procedures; updates website for faculty/staff and alumni.

  • 2012 Omega Chi Epsilon Award

Office: 176 Engineering Building
Phone: (218) 726-7126



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