Trent Silbaugh

Trent Silbaugh

Pronouns: He/him/his
Senior Lecturer

Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

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PhD, University of Washington, 2014
MS, University of Washington, 2011
BS, Arizona State University, 2009


Teaches undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in chemical engineering


Trent Silbaugh joined the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis in January 2018. Prior to this appointment, he was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan from 2014 to 2017. While at the University of Michigan, he taught undergraduate courses in Process Dynamics and Control, Reaction Engineering, and Fluid Dynamics as well as participated in research projects focused on heterogeneous catalysis and carbon capture and conversion in the group of Mark A. Barteau. He earned his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Washington under Charles T. Campbell working in the area of experimental surface science.

At WashU, Trent strives to provide EECE students with the best possible education through the implementation and dissemination of improved teaching methodologies, a dedication to student community building and student advising, and the fostering of communication among faculty teaching across all levels of the departmental curriculum. Trent currently serves as the faculty adviser for the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) Student Chapter at WashU, a Faculty Associate in the Brookings Residential College on the WashU South 40, and the Director of Master's Studies in EECE.