Kimberly Parker, assistant professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering, has received the Ebelmen Award from the International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC).

The award is given to a geochemist of high merit and outstanding promise under 35.

Parker, who joined the McKelvey Engineering faculty in January 2018, investigates environmental organic chemistry in natural and engineered systems. Her research group has focused on understanding chemical reactions in complex solutions such as hydraulic fracturing fluids and on elucidating the fate of pollutants produced by and used on emerging biotechnology products. 

Parker earned a doctorate from and was a graduate research fellow at Stanford University. She received numerous awards and honors while a graduate student, including the Abel Wolman Fellowship, the Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She earned a master's in chemical & environmental engineering from Yale University in 2013 and a bachelor's in civil & environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011.

An alumnus of the department, Zimeng Wang, who earned a master’s in chemical engineering in 2012 and a doctorate in environmental engineering in 2013, is a previous Ebelmen Award recipient. Wang, who worked in the lab of Daniel Giammar, the Walter E. Browne Professor of Environmental Engineering is now on the faculty at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He also is the co-editor-in-chief of Applied Geochemistry, the journal of the association.
The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis promotes independent inquiry and education with an emphasis on scientific excellence, innovation and collaboration without boundaries. McKelvey Engineering has top-ranked research and graduate programs across departments, particularly in biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and computing, and has one of the most selective undergraduate programs in the country. With 140 full-time faculty, 1,387 undergraduate students, 1,448 graduate students and 21,000 living alumni, we are working to solve some of society’s greatest challenges; to prepare students to become leaders and innovate throughout their careers; and to be a catalyst of economic development for the St. Louis region and beyond.

Click on the topics below for more stories in those areas