Imagine living in Zagreb, Croatia, Tallahassee, Florida, Toyohashi, Japan, Fort Collins, Colorado and finally Potsdam, New York. These are some of the places that Selma traveled to pursue her passion for plasma research. Professor Selma Mededovic Thagard will be featured as Engineer of the Week here at The Science and Engineering Cafe. We will have the chance to learn more about her brilliant research and amazing career through an interview that will be posted next week.
For those who are not familiar with her work, here is Selma’s biographical sketch.
Dr. Selma Mededovic Thagard
Dr. Thagard is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clarkson University. Thagard received her Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Zagreb in Croatia and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Florida State University. Before coming to Clarkson, Thagard held post-doctoral appointments at Toyohashi University in Japan and at Colorado State University.
Her area of expertise is in electrical discharge plasma processes with a focus on theoretical and experimental investigations of fundamental plasma chemistry in single and multiphase plasma environments. Her research group is currently pursuing multiple national and international interdisciplinary research projects, some of which include: (i) Development and scale-up of chemical reactors for plasma-assisted wastewater treatment, (ii) Plasma sterilization and food decontamination, and (iii) Plasma-assisted conversion of liquid fuels into hydrogen-rich gas.
Thagard has coauthored 30 articles in refereed journals, has one book chapter, and three patents. She is the recipient of the Tau Beta Pi Faculty Award, NSF BRIGE award, Kristin Craig Memorial Faculty Award, and Omega Chi Epsilon “Professor of the Year Award”. She has presented her work at numerous national and international meetings and has delivered over 10 lectures as invited speaker.