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Sindee Simon

Distinguished Professor and Department Head

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CBE Department Head, Sindee Simon, received her B.S. in chemical engineering from Yale University in 1983, followed by three years at Beech Aircraft working on the all-composite Starship. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1992. She started her academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and then moved to Texas Tech in 1999 as as associate professor. At Texas Tech, she was named the P. W. Horn Distinguished Professor in 2010 and served as the Whitacre Department Chair of Chemical Engineering for seven years from 2012-2019.

Prof. Simon started her most recent position at NC State as professor and department head of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering on July 1, 2021. Her research focuses on the physics and chemistry of polymers and glass-forming materials, including polymerization and Tg at the nanoscale. She has published over 125 refereed journal publications and has over 6000 citations and an h-index of 44 (according to Google Scholar). She has numerous honors, including the Society of Plastics Engineers International Award, the Society of Plastics Engineers Research Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the North American Thermal Analysis Society. She has also been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Society of Plastics Engineers, the North American Thermal Analysis Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Princeton University (1992)
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Yale University (1983)

Honors and Awards

  • International Award, Society of Plastics Engineers, 2019 (highest award of society and first woman to win the award in its 40-year history)
  • Raiders Who Rock, Texas Tech Faculty Community Service & Leadership Award, 2018
  • Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2015
  • Mettler Toledo Outstanding Achievement Award, North American Thermal Analysis Society, 2014 (highest award of society)
  • Research/Engineering Technology Award, Society of Plastics Engineers, 2014
  • Scientist of the Year Award, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation, Lubbock Chapter, co-awardee with Gregory McKenna, 2013
  • Lubbock Woman of Excellence Award, in Science, YWCA, 2013
  • Outstanding Service Award, North American Thermal Analysis Society, 2012
  • Outstanding Professor, Texas Tech AIChE Student Chapter, 2011
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (APS), 2010
  • Horn Professorship, Texas Tech University, 2010
  • Barnie E. Rushing, Jr., Faculty Distinguished Research Award, Texas Tech Parents Association, 2007
  • Fellow, Society of Plastics Engineers, 2005
  • Fellow, North American Thermal Analysis Society, 2003
  • Outstanding Service Award, Society of Plastics Engineers, Polymer Analysis Division, 2002
  • Most Improved Newsletter, Society of Plastics Engineers, for PAD Review, 2002
  • Best Paper Award, American Society for Composites, Polymer Matrix Division, 2000
  • DuPont Instruments Student Scholarship, Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), 1990
  • Nellie P. Elliot Award, Yale University, presented at graduation to one senior woman who best represents the values of Yale University both in the classroom and on the playing field, 1983
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, Yale University
  • All American – Swimming, Yale University, 1982