Dorini Family Professor of Energy Studies in the College of Engineering
Professor Edward Maginn develops and applies advanced computational modeling techniques to probe the behavior of matter at the atomic level. His research group uses these techniques to uncover the underlying chemical and structural features of molecules that lead to their observable macroscopic properties and performance characteristics. These methods are used to discover new materials that can be utilized to solve some of the most vexing problems facing humanity, including the development of chemical and thermal processes that are both more environmentally friendly and energy efficient than current technologies. His research is also applied to help develop processes that can lower carbon dioxide emissions and better utilize natural gas and nuclear power.
Professor Maginn is passionate about education and has won a number of teaching awards, including the 2006 BP College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award and two Kaneb teaching awards. He serves as a trustee for the CAChE Corporation, a non-profit dedicated to the development and use of computational tools for engineering education. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is the recipient of Early Career Awards from the National Science Foundation, the American Society for Engineering Education and the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Physical Chemistry and is on the Editorial Board of Fluid Phase Equilibria. He is also a co-founder and scientific advisor for Ionic Research Technologies, a startup company located at Innovation Park.
Professor Maginn received his BS in chemical engineering from Iowa State University and his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been on the Notre Dame faculty since 1995 and currently serves as Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
A longtime member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council, Donald K. Dorini (’53) made a bequest to the University, stipulating that his gift be used as directed by his children. It was in recognition of their father’s lifelong interests in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics that Brian Dorini (’87, ’88) and Barbara Dorini Vlahakis established the Dorini Family Professorship.