The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) and the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS) have announced the promotion to tenure of Dr. Julie Zimmerman based on her outstanding record of scholarship in the field of environmental engineering.
Combining principles from chemistry, biology, materials science, and engineering, her research has had positive benefits across a range of fields. Her team’s work has made critical contributions toward the application of integrated biorefinery technologies, the development of green sorbents to remove inorganic contaminants from water, and the discovery of a new generation of safer chemicals and nanomaterials.
Zimmerman, who joined the faculty in 2007, has also led laboratory research on the design and synthesis of more sustainable chemicals, biomaterials and biofuels.
She is also the Assistant Director for Research at Yale’s Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering.
“Julie Zimmerman is an international authority in the important field of green engineering and has integrated her cutting-edge experimental research with broader analyses of what sustainability means in practice,” said Peter Crane, dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. “We are enormously pleased that she has reached this important milestone in her career.”
“By integrating innovative research with principles of green engineering, Julie Zimmerman has made valuable contributions to the world of green chemistry, including the removal of toxins from water and the development of algal biofuels,” said T. Kyle Vanderlick, dean of the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science. “We congratulate her on this well-earned promotion.”
In addition to publications in peer-reviewed journals, Zimmerman has also written a popular college text and has also been very effective in brining the implications of her science to the public and to policy makers.
“This is the strongest statement that Yale could make that sustainability solutions come at the interface of scientific rigor and societal context,” Zimmerman said. “The future is bright for Green Chemistry and Engineering at Yale and around the world.”