August 7, 2017
The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is pleased to welcome Dr. Svetlana Mitrovski. She joined the department in July as a Teaching Associate Professor.
Dr. Mitrovski joins the department following 10 years as an Associate Professor at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. At EIU, she taught a variety of chemistry courses to undergraduate and graduate students: instrumental analysis, quantitative analysis, general chemistry courses, critical reading of chemistry literature, and more.
“I’m happy to be back,” said Mitrovski, who earned a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois in 2006, studying PDMS-based microfluidic devices that operate on electrochemical principles under Ralph Nuzzo, the G.L. Clark Professor of Chemistry. She conducted postdoctoral research with Dr. Nuzzo following her graduation.
“One thing that I really liked about Illinois is that chemistry and chemical engineering were coupled in a single school. I liked that because before I came to the USA, I used to work in an area of catalysis that is interdisciplinary between the two,” she said.
A native of Serbia, Mitrovksi earned her BS in Chemical Technology and her MS in Physical Chemistry, Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering from the University of Belgrade. Before coming to the U.S. to further her graduate education, she worked as a researcher at the Center for Catalysis and Chemical Engineering at the Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy at the University of Belgrade doing fundamental and industrial research.
Mitrovski will teach “CHBE 430: Unit Operations Lab” and other courses, such as “CHBE 121: The ChBE Profession.”
“I’m looking forward to diving deeper into the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum and trying to have some impact on it,” she said. “I’m also looking forward to serving as a pipeline or liaison between the undergraduate program and research faculty.”
In her free time, Dr. Mitrovski enjoys ballroom dancing, traveling, hiking, and swimming.