Kirk Dolan earned degrees in agricultural engineering at U. of FL (B.S.), UC Davis (M.S.), and Michigan St. U. (Ph.D.). He spent 6 years working in China as the Asian Director for Pharmaceutical and Food Specialists, San Jose, CA, a food safety consulting company and process authority. He has been assistant (2000)/associate (2005) professor of food engineering at Michigan State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. His extension appointment to assist the MI food industry gives opportunities to visit many food factories and hold workshops on various food safety issues. His research and teaching are in thermal processing, inverse problems, and parameter estimation under dynamic conditions. He teaches an undergraduate engineering class on biological fluid processing and a graduate engineering class on numerical techniques and parameter estimation using MATLAB.
I did my PhD in chemical engineering at University of Washington. I worked on DOE GTL projects during my postdoctoral period in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (with Dr. Jay Keasling). Since moving to Washington University in St. Louis, my research focuses on characterizing and engineering environmental microorganisms. Milestones reached include 13C-metabolic pathway analysis, metabolic flux modeling, and systems genetic engineering of E.coli and cyanobacteria for chemical productions. I have received NSF CAREER Award (2010) and Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2010). I teach Process Dynamics and Control, Fluid Mechanics, Bioprocess Engineering, and Metabolic Engineering at Washington University. I also co-taught Advanced Energy Laboratory (2011) and International Experience in Bioenergy (2012). I received a Department Chair’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2013.