Jennifer L. Schaefer, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has received the 35 Under 35 award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
The award recognizes young engineers “who have achieved greatness in their fields,” according to the AIChE. Schaefer will be honored with the other recipients during the 2020 Virtual AIChE Annual Meeting in November.
Schaefer was selected in the energy and environmental category. She studies ion transport and electrochemical processes in systems for electrochemical energy storage and conversion. Her research team is developing novel polymer materials for advanced electrochemical energy storage and generation devices that have potential for improved safety, sustainability, and reduced size or weight.
In addition to this honor, Schaefer was named a 2020 Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Young Investigator by the PMSE Division of the American Chemical Society earlier this year and a Toyota Young Investigator Fellow by The Electrochemical Society in 2019. She also received the National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award in 2017.
Schaefer is the second engineering faculty member to have received this honor. Matthew Webber, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, was part of the inaugural Class of 2017.
— Nina Welding, College of Engineering