UB - University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Chemical and Biological Engineering


Jorge Gatica, PhD 1989

Cleveland State University

Dr. Jorge Gatica is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and director of graduate programs at the Washkewicz College of Engineering. His research activities center on the application of Reaction Engineering principles towards investigating problems relevant to Materials Science, Chemical, Biomedical, and Environmental Engineering. He is currently working on using Chemical Reaction Engineering Principles towards Sustainable Living Environments. He also works on thermal characterization of Chemical Vapor Deposition towards conversion and protective coatings, as well as the synthesis of metabolic pathways.

His interests also include web-enhanced education and the integration of computers in Engineering curricula.

Dr. Gatica also serves as a mentor for undergraduate minority and high-school students, and formerly a board member of Esperanza (the only not-for-profit organization dedicated to the academic advancement of North East Ohio Hispanic population), he currently serves a CSU-Esperanza liaison, actively interacting with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), serving as an adviser for Project SEED (ACS) and as a mentor for minority students. In 2004, Dr. Gatica received the first Cleveland State University Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award.

In October 2015, he was given the the Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award for Faculty Excellence at Cleveland State University’s 2015 President’s Convocation.

Fun fact:

"I graduated in 1989 and I have been a faculty at CSU since 1992. One of the many students who completed a degree with me in Summer 2015 had been a student of one of my ex-students in Taiwan. This student had completed a MS with me, then gone on to UB to complete his PhD with Carl Lund, who had been in my Dissertation Committee...what a large cycle we have completed!"


“I have many, many fond memories of my UB CBE friends and classmates/labmates. We always joked about the trailers between Furnas Hall and the Earthquake
Center, and moved in when they were first installed as "temporary" offices in 1986. We used to call them "The Steven Sample Complex" ... they lasted more than 20 years ! ”