Elizabeth J. Podlaha-Murphy has been appointed chair and professor of chemical & biomolecular engineering at Clarkson University.
Podlaha-Murphy is an experienced educator, researcher, and administrator. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses, and directed students' theses and dissertations, in addition to hosting visiting professors, foreign students and scientists.
Her research interests are in the understanding of the underlying kinetic-transport phenomena inherent to electrodeposition and plating, creating more environmentally friendly electrodeposition processes, and in generating novel nanoscale structures of alloys and metal matrix composites for components in micro- and nano-sized devices.
Outcomes of her research have been presented in more than 90 peer-reviewed journals and proceeding papers including Nano Letters, Journal of The Electrochemical Society and Electrochimica Acta, as well as 130 scientific conference presentations, and three patents.
Podlaha-Murphy's recent awards and honors include the Global Directory of Who's Who edition 2013; Honored Member LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award 2006; NSF CAREER Award 2000; Clarence M. Eidt, Jr. Professional Development Professorship; and Shell Foundation's Faculty Career Initiation Award, 1999.
She is a member of the Electrochemical Society, American Chemical Society, the International Society of Electrochemistry, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Materials Research Society, American Society for Engineering Education, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Prior to coming to Clarkson, Podlaha-Murphy was professor and associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University. She also was the Clarence M. Eidt, Jr. associate professor and assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Louisiana State University.
She received both her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Columbia University.