Dr. Dante Simonetti
Currently, I am an assistant professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at UCLA. My current research focuses on improving the global energy portfolio by developing new catalytic and adsorptive technologies that lead to “greener” utilization of carbon-based natural resources. Since graduating from Notre Dame in 2003 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, I have participated in research projects in both academia and industry that range from traditional petrochemical reaction engineering to process intensification for biofuels production to remediation of contaminants from oil and gas processing. Along the way, I have also been fortunate to see the results of my research put into commercial use.
My career success is deeply-rooted in my chemical engineering education from Notre Dame. The environment in the department combines cutting-edge research with a focus on undergraduate education. In addition to learning the fundamentals of chemical engineering, interaction with faculty performing high-level research helped me to develop the entrepreneurial spirit required to push research boundaries and put ideas into practice. Furthermore, this close interaction taught me to understand the inextricable link between innovation and societal needs.
The opportunity to learn in an environment that also encourages an awareness of social mission is invaluable, especially to engineers working to solve increasingly complex and global problems. Indeed, my experience at Notre Dame has helped shaped me both professionally and personally, and I am proud to call myself an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame!