Amanda Simson, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY. Advisors: Dr. Marco Castaldi and Dr. Robert Farrauto

M.S. Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY, October 2008

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, December 2002


Amanda Simson was appointed Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering in August 2015. Her research focuses on using heterogeneous catalysis in applications like emissions control and alternative energy technologies. Amanda received her Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering in May of 2013. Simson’s work at Columbia focused on developing more efficient hydrogen production processes for PEM fuel cells and her work was sponsored by BASF. Before joining the staff at the University of New Haven she spent two years developing hydrogen production technologies for Watt Fuel Cell in Port Washington, NY.

Dr. Simson is very interested in improving educational opportunities for students in STEM. Prior to her PhD studies Dr. Simson taught middle school for three years as part of the Teach for America program and helped found the first Democracy Prep Charter School. She has developed several programs for students including a series of math competitions for NYC middle school students and a chemistry card game called Valence.  


Simson, A. Crowley, S., Castaldi, M., “The Impact of Sulfur on Ethanol Steam Reforming” Catalysis Letters, available May 2016, Pages 1-12

Simson, A., Roark, K. Farrauto, R., “Niobium containing oxygen storage materials for the three way catalyst” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental Volume 158-159, October 2014, Pages 106-111

Simson, A., Farrauto, R., Castaldi, M. “Steam reforming of ethanol/gasoline mixtures: Deactivation, regeneration and stable performance” Applied Catalysts B: Environmental Volume 106 Issues 3-4, August 2011, Pages 295-303

Simson, A. Waterman, E., Farrauto, R., Castaldi, M. “Kinetic and Process study for ethanol reforming using a Pt/Rh Washcoated monolith catalyst” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental Volume 89, Issues 1-2, June 2009, Pages 58-64

Erdil, N. O., Harichandran, R. S., Collura, M. A., Nocito-Gobel, J., Adams, D. J., Simson, A. (2016, June), Preliminary Assessment of and Lessons Learned in PITCH: an Integrated Approach to Developing Technical Communication Skills in Engineers. Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25944

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