Rebecca Harmon

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Rebecca Harmon

Assistant Professor of Practice, William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

352 CBEC Building
151 W Woodruff Ave

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Areas of Expertise

  • Polymers
  • Simulation
  • Reaction Networks


  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University
  • M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, University of Amserdam

Rebecca Harmon is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University. She earned her B.S. in chemical engineering at Iowa State University in 2017, her M.S. from Northwestern University, and a joint Ph.D. from Northwestern University and the University of Amsterdam in 2022 funded by a National Science Foundation PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) grant. She currently serves as chair of the communications committee in AIChE's Education Division.

As a graduate student, she investigated research questions at the intersection of cultural heritage science and chemical engineering. Her thesis is titled Computational modeling of polymerization and degradation of complex polymer systems and covers topics including the autoxidation of drying oils, polyolefin pyrolysis modeling, and new simulation methods for polymer reaction engineering. During her Ph.D., she also created several activities relating her research to STEM outreach efforts in the local community.

At Ohio State, Dr. Harmon is interested in implementing evidence-based effective teaching methods and supporting students' sense of belonging in the classroom and chemical engineering field. She also started a Teaching ChemE Journal Club for anyone interested in teaching and engineering education.

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