About Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan, Ph.D., served as Engineering faculty at East Carolina University (ECU), recruited in 2006 to develop 6 new courses for the engineering and technology systems programs, as well as teaching many more.

She included several ECU undergraduate students in her technical research so that they could learn early on the plethora of resources available to engineers in any field.  Her research interests have focused on materials, material processing, and the use of rheology to evaluate viscoelastic material properties.

Sullivan has also held interest in student leadership development.  She initiated a leadership speaker series in conjunction with her Engineering Project Management course which was made available to all of the ECU campus in each of its three years.  Headlining the 2011 series was ECU’s Chancellor Steve Ballard as well as many military leaders including U.S. Army North Carolina National Guard Brigadier General James H. Trogdon III, Air Force Major General (ret) John Maluda, former U.S. Military Academy leadership program head LTC (Ret) Eric Buller, and 2X ECU alum Colonel (ret) Worth Carter.  The 2012 series included both military and industry leaders as well and was outstanding.  Sullivan believes that students should learn and live by the leadership principles and values that the U.S. Military uphold, such as integrity, service before self and striving for excellence.  If such approaches are followed in life, in family, in work, in research, in sport, in service to our country, the mission – any mission – will be a success.

Some Sullivan career highlights and that of her students are provided throughout this site.


Ph.D., Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.  Dissertation Title:  Functional Biomaterials:  Solution Electrospinning and Gelation of Whey Protein and Pullulan.  Advisor:  Dr. Saad A. Khan.  2011.

M.S., Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 1996.  Thesis title:  Effect of nonionic surfactant molecular structure on the removal of organic films from solid surfaces.  Advisors:  Dr. Christine Grant & Dr. Ruben Carbonell.

B.S.M.E., Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 1990.


2012: Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

2006-2011: Instructor, Department of Engineering, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.


  •  American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), 2006.
  • Engineer-In-Training, (Fundamentals of Engineering) State of Indiana, 1990.



  • Honorary Member, East Carolina University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (inducted April 2012).
  • 1st place, poster competition (2011) Nanofibers for the 3rd Millennium: A Summit of the World’s Leaders in Nanofibers, Raleigh, NC.  (presented by advisee & undergraduate student Thomas Deaton)
  • 2nd place, poster competition (2010) Nanofibers for the 3rd Millennium: A Summit of the World’s Leaders in Nanofibers, Raleigh, NC.
  • Identified by ECU graduate Misty Atkins as “The person at ECU who made the most significant positive contribution to her education,” 2010.
  • North Carolina Future Program Partner, FoodMASTER, 2008 Science Education Partnership Award, National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health
  • Guest Faculty, UNC Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy graduate level course PPES 180 “Pharmaceutical Research, Development & Marketing,” Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, 2000 – 2004.
  • Invited Participant, National Academy of Engineering Summit on Women in Engineering, Washington D.C., 1999.
  • Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow, North Carolina State University, 1994-1995.
  • Glenna R. Joyce Scholar, University of Notre Dame, full 4-year academic scholarship, 1986-1990.


  • AIChE Societal Impact Operating Council Member, 2003 – 2004.
  • Process Development Division Topical Proceedings Chair, AIChE Annual Meeting, 2003 & 2004
  • Chair, AIChE Women’s Initiatives Committee (WIC), 2001.
  • Chair, AIChE Annual Meeting WIC technical session, 2001.
  • Co-Chair, AIChE Annual Meeting WIC Inaugural technical session, 2000 .
  • Vice Chair, 2000; Secretary, 1999; Visibility Subcommittee Chair, AIChE WIC, 1998.



  • Coordinator, CTECS Leadership Legacy Lecture Series, 2010 – 2012.
  • College of Technology & Computer Science (CTECS) Leadership Committee, 2010 – 2011.
  • Advisor (with two other faculty), ECU Engineering Honor Society, 2009 – 2011.
  • Biomedical Engineering Concentration Curriculum Committee, 2007 – 2012.
  • Bioprocess Engineering Concentration Curriculum Committee, 2006 – 2012.
  • College of Technology & Computer Science Distance Education Task Force, Spring 2007.
  • Engineering Management Curriculum Committee, Fall 2006 – Spring 2007.
  • Engineering K-12 Outreach Committee, Fall 2006 – Spring 2010.

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