Umit Ozkan

Dr Umit Ozkan

Professor of Chemical Engineering, Ohio State University
Columbus, OH


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Close Up
  • What I Do
    I am a professor of Chemical Engineering. I teach undergraduate and graduate classes. I do research in heterogeneous catalysis.
  • Why Engineering?
    When I was growing up, I loved math and science, especially chemistry. Chemical engineering seemed like a good way of combining the two.
  • School Days
    I have B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees all in chemical engineering. B.S. and M.S. degrees are from Middle East Technical University in Turkey, my PhD is from Iowa State University.
  • My Day At Work
    We do research in areas that are related to energy and environmental protection. Some of our recent projects involve developing precious-metal-free electrocatalysts for PEM fuel cells, producing hydrogen from bio-derived liquid and reducing NOx emissions from stationary sources.
  • Best Part
    Being an engineer requires continuous learning. It also requires being creative and resourceful in solving problems. I like both of these aspects.
  • Proud Moments
    I had many talented students work in my laboratories and obtained Ph.D. degrees. I am always very proud of their accomplishments more than my own,
  • Challenges
    I started at Ohio State at a time when engineering was still considered "non-traditional" for women. Being a "first" sometimes posed challenges.
  • My Family
    I am married. My husband is also a professor (same university, different departments). We have a cat.
  • Dreams and Goals
    Continuing my research in areas that are relevant and important and making a difference in those areas.
  • Inspiration
    My parents encouraged me to pursue my dreams. I think that was the most important influence in my life choices.
  • Want to be an Engineer?
    Choose an area you feel passionate about and stick with it. At the same time, learn how to be flexible and handle change.
  • Additional Thoughts
    Success is a journey. Enjoy the journey.
  • Hobbies
    I enjoy watching French movies and trying to improve my French. I like spending time with animals.