Jorge E Gatica
 Title: Professor
Graduate Program Director
 Dept: Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
 Office: FH 465
 Phone: 216-523-7274,  216-687-2571
 Fax: 216-687-9220
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. FH 465, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Reaction Engineering, Transport Phenomena and Chemical Kinetics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Tribology, Combustion and Process Control
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1989
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Universidad Nacional del Sur, 1984
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Universidad Nacional del Sur, 1979
B.A., Chemistry, Universidad Nacional del Sur, 1978
Brief Bio:
Dr. Gatica was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Cleveland State University in the Fall 1992 Quarter. He received tenure and was awarded promotion to Associate Professor in 1997, and was promoted to Professor in 2004.

Dr. Gatica received his Ph.D. degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. His research activities center on the application of Reaction Engineering principles towards investigating problems relevant to Materials Science, Chemical, Biomedical, and Environmental Engineering. His interests also include web-enhanced education and the integration of computers in Engineering curricula. Dr. Gatica has degrees in Chemistry, Applied Statistics, and Chemical Engineering. He has outstanding teaching, service, and scholarly records, with a very active research agenda. With a very productive career since his graduation and during his tenure at CSU, he is a recognized scholar in the international scientific community.

He is an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). He has more than 150 technical presentations at national and international meetings, and more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. He is a member of several editorial boards of Science and Technology publications, and is a frequent reviewer for  scientific publications and federal agencies.

Dr. Gatica¿s ¿Community Partnerships for HOPE¿ Project, a recruitment and minority advancement initiative, was the first Engineering initiative funded under the (CSU) Presidential Initiative Program. Dr. Gatica serves as a mentor for undergraduate minority and high-school students, and serves as an adviser and Scholarship sponsor for Esperanza (NE Ohio non-profit organization advocating to the advancement and education of Hispanics), currently co-chairs the Education Area Team for the Hispanic Roundtable of Greater Cleveland, and actively interacts with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

His research (w/S.N. Tewari) aimed at the development of hybrid C-C composites was the first CSU project supported by the OAI Core Program. His research with NASA GRC received a NASA Tech Brief Award in recognition for its scientific and technical merits. In 2004, Dr. Gatica was the first recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Adviser Award. In 2015, Dr. Gatica was selected by the Chemical Engineering Senior Class as the 2015 Outstanding Chemical Engineering Faculty. In 2015 was also recognized as Distinguished Faculty for Service to CSU. At the 2015 President¿s Convocation, was the first Hispanic faculty receiving the Jennie S. Hwang Award for Faculty Excellence, the highest distinction a faculty can receive at CSU. Selected among 40 applicants for a Senior Fulbright post in South America, Dr. Gatica was one of the three (3) CSU faculty selected as U.S. Fulbright Scholars for the AY 2008-2009.

Dr. Gatica has been instrumental in the advancement of the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Cleveland State University. Since coordinating Quarter-to-Semesters transition for the BSChE Program, Dr. Gatica has lead a number of curriculum modifications; most noticeably, the use of internet-based instruction and integration of process simulators throughout the curriculum. Since 1998 he has been the lead undergraduate academic adviser, program assessment coordinator, and Graduate Program Director.

Dr. Gatica is currently advising graduate students in the Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering and Doctor of Engineering Programs. In addition, he mentors graduate and undergraduate students. Since joining CSU, more than thirty (40) students have graduated under Dr. Gatica¿s supervision. In addition, he has served in more than fifty (50) thesis/dissertation committees in Engineering and Sciences.
Honors and Awards:
Faculty Excellence ¿Dr. Jennie S. Hwang¿ Award, Cleveland State University, Presidential Inauguration, Fall 2015

Distinguished Faculty Service Award, Cleveland State University, Presidential Inauguration, Fall 2015

Outstanding Faculty Award, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Spring 2015

¿Padrino Award,¿ (Hispanic Faculty distinguished for Community Service and Student Mentoring), CSU Latino Awards Recognition Luncheon (2013).

Education Committee Service Award, Hispanic Round Table, (October) 2013 Hispanic Convention, Cleveland, OH (2013).

Undergraduate Summer Research Adviser, CSU Undergraduate Research (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).

Faculty Award for Outstanding Service, College to Engineering, CSU (2011).

Special Guest, "Importancia de la Educación en Nuestra Comunidad" a series of interviews in a weekly community program: "Enlace Semanal,¿ UNIVISION, WQHS Channel 10, Cleveland, OH (June-August 2011)

Invited Speaker ¿The Role of Immigrants in Science, Technology, and Medicine,¿ ¿A Spotlight on Immigration¿ Symposium, Faculty of Color Organization, John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio (October 2010).

Senior Fulbright Scholar to South America, Engineering (2008-2009).

Distinguished Faculty Advisor (Cleveland State University) 2004.

Merit Recognition Award, Extraordinary Achievements in Teaching, Creative Activities, and Contributions to the Profession, (Cleveland State University) 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016.

Best Teacher Award (University Center for Teaching and Learning, Cleveland State University) 1999-2000

Engineering Faculty Bonus Merit Award, Teaching, Research & Service, (Fenn College of Engineering, Cleveland State University) 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000.
Teaching Areas:
Calculus and Analytical Geometry
Programming for Engineers (Fortran 77/90/95, ANSI C, C++, JAVA)
Numerical Methods for Engineers
Transport Phenomena
Process Control
Chemical Reactor Design
Statistical Analysis of Experimental Data (Statistics in the Lab)
Process Modeling and Simulation
Advanced Materials Processing
Advanced Reactor Design
Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering
Nonlinear Phenomena in Chemical Engineering
Advanced Numerical Methods
Advanced Materials Processing
Advanced Heat Transfer
Thermodynamics & Chemical Kinetics in Environmental Engineering
Internet-based Education (Web Education)
Professional Affiliations:
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
   Associate Member (1990-2000), Member (2000-current),
   Session Chairman, Annual Meeting, (1990-current)
American Ceramic Society
American Society for Engineering Education
   North Central Executive Board (2000-2002),
   Regional Meeting Program Chair (2000-2001)
Biomedical Engineering Society
Cleveland Engineering Society
CACHE, Corp. (Computer-Aided Chemical Engineering Education),
   CSU Representative (1992-current)
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Professional Engineer License
   Fundamentals of Engineering, Engineering Intern Certification (1999)
Associate Editor, Combustion Science and Technology
Esperanza, Inc. (Non-Profit Organization for the Advancement of Hispanics
   Executive Board Member, (January 2001-January 2004)
Hispanic Services Coalition, Academic Development Team (June 2005  current)
Professional Experience:
09/04 - current Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering / CSU
03/13 ¿ 08/14 Department Chairperson (Interim), Dept. of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering / CSU
09/97 - 09/04 Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering / CSU
09/92 - 09/97 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering / CSU
06/89 - 09/92 Research Associate, Lab. for Ceramic & Reaction Eng. / University at Buffalo (SUNY)
11/86 - 12/88 Teaching Assistant, Chemical Engineering / University at Buffalo (SUNY)
01/83 - 12/84 Lecturer, Southern National University (UNS, Bahía Blanca) / Argentina
04/82 - 12/84 Advanced Research Fellow, CONICET-Plapiqui / Argentina
04/80 - 12/84 Teaching Assistant, Southern National University (UNS, Bahía Blanca) / Argentina
04/80 - 04/82 Initiation Research Fellow, CONICET-Plapiqui / Argentina
06/79 - 04/80 Research Assistant, Southern National University (UNS, Bahía Blanca) / Argentina
University Service:
Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Advisor, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (1992-current).

Mentor for High-School minority students interested in Engineering (1995-current).

ACE Program, SEED (ACS) Project, and Partnerships for HOPE Project

Mentor for Hispanic Science and Engineering students (2001-current)

Host for High-School students interested in Engineering (1994-current).

Coordinator for several WWW-based projects (1996-current).

Coordinator for International Academic Exchange Programs with four (4) Foreign Universities
- Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS, In Process, Bahía Blanca, Argentina).
- Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (UNT, 2001-current, Tucumán, Argentina).
- Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto (UNRC, 2000-current, Córdoba, Argentina).
- Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU, 2000-current, Taiwan)
Professional Service:
Invited Workshop Leader (with G. Saidel, M. Cabrera, H. Brunengraber, W. Stanley, M. Nasca, M. Puchowicz and J.M. Belovich "Workshop on Modeling Metabolic Dynamics," Case Western Research Univ. (June 2003, June 2004).

Invited Workshop Leader (with J.M. Belovich) "Principles of Design & Operation of Bioreactors," Ohio Aerospace Institute-NASA John Glenn Research Center (June 2003).

Invited Workshop Leader "Transforming Science and Engineering Education through Interactive Technologies," Visiting Professor, Faculty Workshop, National University of Tucumán, S.M. de Tucumán, Argentina.  

Invited Graduate Program Lecturer "Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics in Environmental Engineering," Visiting Professor, Graduate Program, Southern National University, Bahía Blanca, Argentina.
Research Grants:
Ongoing Research Support
COFSP 2009 ¿ POI 2014
Ohio Board of Regents, Choose Ohio First Scholarship Programs
¿Engineering Across the Pipeline¿ (with P. Meiksins and B. Margolius)
Total Funding $ 1,377,000

NIH 2015 ¿ R25GM049010
National Institutes of Heaths (NIH) - Grant Number: 5R25GM049010-13
¿Bridges to Success in the Sciences¿ (with G. Varhegyi and M.E. Harris)
Total Funding $ 838,233

Recent Completed Research Support

Summer REU (USRA), Cleveland State University

¿Reaction Engineering Routes for ISRU: Gasification of Particulate Residuals¿
[1 student ¿ Summer 2017 ¿ Funding: $7,386]

¿Reaction Engineering Routes for ISRU: Fluid Dynamic Characterization of Stirred Tank Gasification Reactors¿
[3 students ¿ Summer 2015 ¿ Funding: $8,500]

¿Reaction Engineering Routes to Waste Gasification for Sustainable Living Environments¿
[3 students ¿ Summer 2014 ¿ Funding; $10,000]

¿Catalytic Gasification as a Waste Management and In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Alternative¿
[3 students ¿ Summer 2013 ¿ Funding: $8,760]

¿Spectroscopic Methods and Mathematical Modeling for the Characterization of CVD Processes¿
[3 students] ¿ Summer 2012 ¿ Funding: $8,596]

The Perez-Guerrero Trust Fund for Economic and Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries [G77] ¿Environmentally Friendly Integrated Production of Sugar and By-Products (EFIPRO),¿  Funding: $ 15,000,  Hernández, M.R. (PI), Jan. 2013 ¿ Dec. 2017

CIUNT, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán. Ministerio de Educación, Ciencia y Tecnología, Argentina ¿Integración de procesos: modelado y optimización de Bio-refinerías sustentables,¿ Funding: $ 36,000,  Hernández, M.R. (PI),  Jan. 2013 ¿ May 2017

NASA Glenn Faculty Fellow, ¿Chemical Processing of Organic Waste to Reduce Human Space Flight Logistics,¿ $ 15,000, NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP13), June - August 2013.
NASA Glenn Faculty Fellow, ¿Investigation of Technologies to Process Waste Polymers to Synthetic Gas,¿ $ 15,000, NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP12), June - August 2012.

¿Coatings for High-temperature Wear and Friction Control: Characterization and Deposition Mechanisms,¿ $ 15,000 Faculty Research Development Program (FRD 2008), Cleveland State University, July 2008 - June 2010.

¿Formulation of an Environmentally Friendly and Energy Efficient (Eco-Efficient) Regional Industry: Cogeneration in the Sugar Cane Industry,¿ with Professors María Rosa Hernández, Mauricio A. Colombo, and Fernando D. Mele
The Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange, US Department of State - Funding: $ 16,700 (Aug. 2008-Jan. 2009).
"Center for Modeling Integrated Metabolic Systems" P50 GM66309
Funding: $ 11,900,000 (2001-2008, NIH)
Saidel, G.M. (PI), J.M. Belovich and J.E. Gatica (PIs for CSU subcontract)