Joanne Beckwith is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Beckwith earned her B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Toledo in 2013, her M.S.E. from the University of Michigan in 2017, and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Michigan in 2021.

As a graduate student research assistant, Beckwith focused on characterizing the rheological and structural properties of Staphylococcus epidermidis and Candida albicans biofilms using parallel plate rheology and quantified image processing. In 2020, Beckwith spent time as a graduate student instructor, teaching courses in thermodynamics, and heat and mass transfer. Beckwith has also served as a REACT chemical engineering lead at the University of Michigan, where she developed curricula for high school teachers looking to incorporate research activities in their classrooms. Her current research interests focus on engineering education outreach in rural communities.

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2021 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

2017 M.S.E., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

2013 B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo