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Professor Di Gao

Associate Professor and and William Kepler Whiteford Faculty Fellow
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Tel: (412) 624-8488
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Awards and Honors

  • Committee Chair, Advanced Manufacturing & Advanced Materials, Carnegie Science Awards, 2011-present.
  • Committee member, AIChE Owens-Corning Early Career Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2012-present.
  • AIChE 2011 Owens-Corning Early Career Award (2011).
  • Advanced Materials Award, Carnegie Science Center (2010).
  • Invited Participant, National Academy of Engineering's 2010 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (2010).
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation (2008).
  • 2009 AIChE Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology Award, Faculty Lead of the University of Pittburgh Team (2009).
  • Pitt Innovator Award (2009).
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet for Sustainability) Award, Faculty Lead of the University of Pittburgh Team (2008).
  • William Kepler Whiteford Faculty Fellowship, Swanson School of Engineering, Univ. of Pittsburgh (2008).
  • American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Type G Award (2006).
  • Applied Materials Graduate Fellow, Applied Materials, Inc. (2003).
  • Outstanding Poster Award, Univ. of California System-wide Bioengineering Symposium (2005).
  • Outstanding Presentation Award, Industry Advisory Board Meeting, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, Univ. of California (2003).
  • Petroleum Chemical Engineering Scholarship, SK Global Co. Ltd, Korea (1997).
  • Tsinghua Excellent Student Scholarship, Tsinghua University (1995, 1996, and 1998).