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Heather Emady

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor Heather N. Emady received her doctorate in chemical engineering from Purdue University, where she identified granule formation mechanisms from droplet impact and penetration into powder beds. She then did postdoctoral work in P&G’s Microstructured Fluids group, as well as in Rutgers University’s Catalyst Manufacturing Science and Engineering Consortium (CMSEC) and Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (ERC-SOPS), before joining the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy in January 2015. 

Emady’s research encompasses particulate process and product design. Her current research efforts include particle wettability, granule formation, granular heat transfer in rotary drums, solid projectile impacts on granular media, and discrete element method simulations.


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Purdue University (2012)

B.S. Chemical Engineering with Honors, University of Arizona (2007)

Honors / Awards

NSF CAREER Award (2019)

Bisgrove Scholar Award, Science Foundation Arizona (2015)


AIChE Particle Technology Forum Treasurer (2021)

AIChE Particle Technology Forum Executive Committee Academic Liaison (2019-2022)

Frontiers in Particle Science and Technology Conference Chair (2020)

AIChE Women’s Initiatives Committee Chair (2017)

Industry Positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati, OH (2012)