Title: Assistant Professor
Company: Lafayette College
Location: Easton, Pennsylvania, United States
Michael Senra, PhD, Assistant Professor at Lafayette College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Chemical Engineering.
Dr. Senra has held his role with Lafayette’s department of chemical and biomolecular engineering since 2013, after working as a visiting assistant professor since 2011. He earned a PhD in chemical engineering in 2009 from the University of Michigan, and has enjoyed a brilliant start to his career, which he attributes to dedication and hard work. Dr. Senra is currently teaching first-year engineering, process control, unit operations laboratory courses, as well as reaction kinetics and reactor design. His research is currently focused on flow assurance of petroleum fuels, the role of composition on performance of biofuels and petroleum fuels, and the gelation characteristics of fuels.
An alumnus of Cornell University, Dr. Senra earned a BS in chemical engineering in 2003, and went on to the University of Michigan. He was a graduate research assistant there from 2004 to 2009, and took on a role as a graduate research instructor from 2005 to 2008. Dr. Senra was also an engineering graduate school mentor at the University of Michigan, as well as an intern with ConocoPhilips. Today, he is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the American Chemical Educators.
Though Dr. Senra has worked hard in the field of chemical engineering, he has also given time to charities like the United Way. He is also highly invested in benefiting his students in their careers by developing skills to put them ahead of their peers. For Dr. Senra, the appeal of being an educator is mentoring others while having the freedom to develop his craft. He was inspired by his high school teacher, Mr. Goodfellow, to enter chemistry. In his free time, Dr. Senra enjoys cooking and travel, as well as being a spectator at sporting and performing arts events on and off campus. He particularly enjoys seeing his students in swim meets, directing musicals, or playing the tuba in the band.
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