Sustainable Energy, Environment & Particle Technology and Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Research

Park Group

2007 – present

Lenfest Junior Professor in Applied Climate Science, the Earth Institute, Columbia University

Associate Director of Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, Columbia University

2012 – present  Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering & Department of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University
2013 – present Visiting Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
2007 – 2012 Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering & Department of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University
2005 – 2007 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University, USA

Education

Ph.D. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University, USA
M.A.Sc. Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada
B.A.Sc. with distinction, Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada

Honors and Awards

2010 James Lee Young Investigator Award
2010 Nominated for the Packard Fellowship by Columbia University
2009 NSF CAREER Award
2008  Research Fellowship of the University Diversity Initiative, Columbia University
2006 The American Institute of Chemists Foundation Outstanding Post-Doctoral Research Award
2005, 06 Finalist for the Graduate Associate Teaching Award, OSU
2003, 04  Outstanding Research Award, OSU
2003 2nd place for the poster competition at the Ohio Air Quality Research Symposium
2000, 01 Chemical Engineering Departmental Fellowship, OSU
1998-00  Faculty of Applied Science International Graduate Tuition Fee Scholarship, UBC
1998-99 Faculty of Graduate Studies International Graduate Tuition Fee Scholarship, UBC
1998 1st place SNC-Lavalin Plant Design Competition Award in Canada
1996 MacMillan Bloedel Limited Scholarship, UBC

Honors and Awards Received by Park Group Members

2012 Selected as the Best Paper in the “Carbon Storage” session, AIChE meeting, Greeshma Gadikota
2012 Selected as the Best paper in the “Solvents for Gas Separation” session, AIChE meeting, Camille Petit
2011 Honorable Mention, Link Foundation Energy Fellowship,
Edward J. Swanson
2010 Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellowship,
Tom Ferguson

– His poster presentation was selected to be presented at the Congressional Capitol Hill Reception (2011)

2010 Travel Grant Award given by the Earth Institute at Columbia University,
Greeshma E. Gadikota
2009  WTERT Fellowship given by the Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University,
Kyle Fricker
2007 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship,
Miriam Okun

Professional Activities and Services

    Professional Affiliations and Leadership Experiences

    • Appointed as the Programming Committee member of Energy and Fuel (ENFL) Division at the American Chemical Society (ACS): Deputy-Chair (2013-2014), Chair (2014-2015), and Program Secretary (2015-2016).
    • Appointed as a member of the International Committee at the AIChE (2012 – present)
    • Elected as the Vice-Chair (2009 – 2011) and the Chair (2011 – 2013) of the Area 3 Group B – Fluidization and Fluid-Particle Systems, and elected as the Treasurer (2010 – present): Particle Technology Forum, AIChE 
    • Elected as the Executive committee member of the Particle Technology Forum of the AIChE (2008 – 2012)
    • Elected organization director (2008 – present) and outreach director (2006 – 2008) of the KIChE-US Chapter
    • Appointed as the member of the Societal Impact Operating Council of AIChE (2008 – 2011): Involved committees include AIChE K-12 (2008 – 2009), Webinar (2009 – 2011), Mentoring/Scholarships (2010 – 2011), and External Award Committee (2010 – 2011).
    • External evaluator for the Brain Korea for 21st Century program of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea (Spring 2008 – present) 
    • Active member of Research and New Technology Committee (RANTC) of AIChE (2007 – 2011)
    • Member of the Earth Institute and Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University (2007 – present)
    • Member of American Chemical Society (2009 – present)
    • Member of Particle Technology Forum of the AIChE (2001 – present)
    • Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) (2001 – present)

    Outreach Activities

    • Science lecture series at the Birch Wathen Lenox School (3rd and 4th grade students), New York, NY (Jan. 31, 2013).
    • Invited talk at the GradSWE’s Ladies’ Luncheon, Columbia University, New York, NY (Nov. 13, 2012).
    • Invited speaker at the Columbia Engineering Women's Forum, New York, NY (Nov. 12, 2012).
    • Distinguished Speaker at the Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit 2011: The Next Generation of Women Leaders Transforming the World, New York, NY (January 22, 2011).
    • Meeting with the Republic of Korea’s first lady, Kim Yoon-ok, to discuss the role of the next generation of female leaders (September 21, 2009)
    • Woman and Minority Issues: Member of Society of Women Engineers at Columbia University (2007 – present) and Women In Engineering at OSU (2000 – 2007) 
      • Making presentations to female students to recruit them to Engineering programs
      • Advising graduating seniors on their career plans including the option of graduate studies 
      • Mentoring Engineering freshman students
    • Working with the Executive Director, Nancy Degnan, and the Director of International Programs, Minosca Alcantara, at the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, The Earth Institute, Columbia University  to develop a summer workshop on “Urban Ecosystems: Biodiversity, Water & Energy in New York City.” http://www.cerc.columbia.edu/?id=tt (spring 2010 – summer 2010)
    • Working with Ms. Evelyn Roman-Lazen, the Director of the K-12 program at Columbia University and AIChE (2008 – 2009): Develop modules of hands-on experiences for K-12 students and their teachers
    • Department summer science workshops for K-12 students, the Ohio State University (2001 – 2007)

    Conference Organizations

    • GLS-12: 12th International Conference on Gas-Liquid-Solid Reactor Engineering Congress (New York, NY, USA, June 2015): Conference Chair
    • ACEME-15: The Fifth International Conference on Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Materials Engineering (New York, USA; June 2015): Conference Chair
    • GLS-11: 11th International Conference on Gas-Liquid-Solid Reactor Engineering Congress (Seoul, Korea, August 2013): Conference organizing committee member
    • ACEME11: The Fourth International Conference on Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Materials Engineering (Leuven, Belgium; April 10 – 12, 2013): Member of the international scientific committee
    • WRF 2012: World Resources Forum 2012 (Beijing, China, October 21-23, 2012), A member of the International Scientific Committee
    • GLS-10: The 10th International Conference on Gas-Liquid-Solid Reactor Engineering Congress (Braga, Portugal; June 26-29, 2011): International organizing committee member
    • ACEME10: Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Materials Engineering (Turku, Finland; November 29 – December 1, 2010): Member of the scientific committee
    • International Conference CO2 Summit: Technology and Opportunity (Vail, Colorado; June 6-9, 2010): Conference organizing committee member
    • Fluidization XIII: New Paradigm in Fluidization Engineering (Gyeong-Ju, Korea; May 16-19, 2010): Conference organizing committee member
    • 2009 US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship (Raleigh, NC; July 16-19, 2009): Organizing committee member of the Chemical Engineering and Science Symposia

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