Dr. Julie Rorrer received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University in 2014, and went on to receive her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley in 2019, where her thesis work was centered on the heterogeneous catalytic conversion of biomass-derived platform molecules to produce fuels and lubricants. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate at MIT, where she utilizes heterogeneous catalysis for the chemical upcycling of plastic waste, and is a fellow of the MIT Communication Lab. She is also the founder and illustrator of the ongoing outreach initiative, ColorMePhD, a free coloring book series communicating PhD-level research in science and engineering to a broad audience.
catalysis, renewable energy, science communication, women in stem