Mellichamp Initiative in Sustainability
Sustainable Materials and Product Design Initiative
In 2015, with support from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Susannah Scott created an interdisciplinary initiative to integrate sustainability considerations into research in the chemical sciences and engineering, including assessment/minimization of environmental impact and assessment/optimization of economic feasibility, cultivation of public awareness, and social acceptance of sustainability goals. Researchers from chemistry and biochemistry, chemical engineering, environmental science, technology management, and communication collaborate to improve the efficiency, reduce the environmental impact, and improve social acceptance of alternative chemical technologies.
As the focal point for this effort, the University established a cluster of four endowed research Chairs: the Mellichamp Academic Initiative Professorships in Sustainability. Susannah Scott leads the Initiative and serves as the Mellichamp Chair in Sustainable Catalytic Processing.
Enhancing Success in Transfer Education for Engineering Majors
ESTEEM is an NSF-funded S-STEM scholarship program for academically-talented, low-income undergraduate students in Engineering. Led by Susannah Scott, the project is a partnership with Professor Mike Gerber in UC Santa Barbara's Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, and collaborators in four of our regional California Community Colleges (CCCs): Allan Hancock College, Oxnard College, Santa Barbara City College, and Ventura College. The goal is to facilitate transfer of engineering students between community college and four-year universities, understand barriers and promote their academic and professional success, and strengthen ties between CCC and UC faculty.