Distinguished Engineering Graduates 2018

Joan F. Brennecke

Joan Brennecke

B.S. CHE 1984
Professor, Cockrell School of Engineering

Joan F. Brennecke is a professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and currently holds the Cockrell Family Chair in Engineering #16.

Brennecke received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UT Austin in 1984 before going on to earn her master’s degree and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

After completing her Ph.D., Brennecke began her academic career at the University of Notre Dame, where she served for 28 years. Her research interests are primarily in the development of less environmentally harmful solvents, including supercritical fluids and ionic liquids. In developing these solvents, Brennecke’s primary interests are in the measurement and modeling of thermodynamics, thermophysical properties, phase behavior and separations. She joined the Cockrell School of Engineering in 2017.

Brennecke received the 2001 Ipatieff Prize from the American Chemical Society, the 2006 Professional Progress Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the J.M. Prausnitz Award at the Eleventh International Conference on Properties and Phase Equilibria in 2007, the 2008 Stieglitz Award from the American Chemical Society, the 2009 E.O. Lawrence Award from the U.S. Department of Energy and the 2014 E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.

In 2012, Brennecke was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering for her innovation in the use of ionic liquids and supercritical fluids for environmentally benign chemical processing. She has served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data since 2010, and her 160+ research publications have garnered over 17,000 citations.

Her husband, Mark A. Stadtherr, is also a faculty member in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering.