Susan M. Stagg-Williams
Susan Stagg-Williams graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1994. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1999. Dr. Stagg-Williams is currently a full professor at KU and has been on the faculty since 1999. She also serves as the Faculty Athletics Representative for KU.
Dr. Stagg-Williams’ teaching emphasis includes material and energy balance, reaction engineering, introduction to nanotechnology, introduction to computation and programming, and catalysis/surface science. She has been active in the establishment of hands-on activities for the classroom and has also been a leader in flipped classroom instruction at KU.
Dr. Stagg-Williams has an active research program specializing in catalysis for the production of alternative fuels including synthesis gas and bio-based fuels. She is also interested in correlating feedstock composition to fuel properties in order to be able to predict thermochemical properties of biofuels as well as engine performance. Susan is the co-originator and director of the KU Biodiesel Imitative which converts used cooking oil from the campus dining services into high quality transportation fuel. She is also the leader of the “Feedstock to Tailpipe©” research team which looks at sustainable feedstocks for the production of next generation liquid fuels. The multidisciplinary team includes more than 25 faculty, scientists, and students from chemical, mechanical and civil, architectural and environmental engineering, as well as ecology and evolutionary biology, and geography. The team is currently investigating the production of biofuels from waste-water fed algae.
Dr. Stagg-Williams and her husband Michael have two children, Samantha and Michael, and two miniature dachshunds. She is actively involved in the community and is an avid sports fan who enjoys playing/watching any sport in her free time.