B.S., Chemical Engineering
American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) online
Nastassja is an assistant professor of chemical and life science engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. She serves as faculty advisor to the student chapter and is the VCU faculty representative in the Tidewater Virginia Local Section. Nastassja is also active in the Sustainable Engineering Forum. Among her awards are the Leenaards Nested Research Projects Prix (2014), a NNEMS Fellowship with the U.S. EPA (2008), and an NSF Graduate Fellowship (2008). AIChE YPC: What inspired you to pursue chemical engineering? Nastassja Lewinski: I chose to pursue chemical engineering because it encompasses my lifelong interests in chemistry and math. AIChE YPC: Chemical engineering is a diverse field. How did you get involved in your specialty? NL: During my studies, several people reinforced my interest in nanotechnology and safety by design. My Ph.D. advisor, Rebekah Drezek, cultivated my interest in nanomedicine. The WISE program sponsored by AIChE and my advisor, Dave Gushee, encouraged my engagement in science policy. Vicki Colvin and Kristen Kulinowski drew my attention to aquatic toxicology and industrial hygiene. AIChE YPC: What professional achievement are you most proud of? NL: My postdoctoral fellowship in Lausanne, Switzerland, provided the opportunity not only to collaborate with fellow researchers in the institute who spoke English, but also work with non-English speaking staff. I learned how people outside the United States conduct research and how to work in a non-English speaking environment professionally. AIChE YPC: What is the most challenging part of your job? NL: The most challenging part of being a university professor is balancing research and teaching. Besides advancing my own research program, motivating and supporting both the students in my lab and also the students in my courses consumes a good portion of my time.view more
Spring 2018, 2019
Fall 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 This course provides the foundation needed to solve sophisticated problems encountered in thermodynamics and unit operations. Students are introduced to the mathematical relationships and thermodynamic models needed to describe pure component and mixture phase behavior. These models include equations of state, liquid solution activity coefficient models, and fugacity estimation techniques. Numerous phase equilibrium problems are addressed including liquid-vapor, liquid-liquid, liquid-liquid-vapor, and solid-vapor equilibria. The prediction of chemical equilibrium is also covered in this course.
Fall 2017 - present The VIP Nanoinformatics team will participate in cutting-edge research in machine learning and nanomedicine design. This includes the development of multiple natural language processing tools that use complex algorithms and artificial intelligence techniques to retrieve nanomedicine texts from the primary literature, classify the texts into topics, extract relevant entities on nanomedicine, and extract relationships between entities, to name a few. Students also have the opportunity to gain hands on laboratory experience in nanoparticle synthesis, physico-chemical characterization, exposure assessment, and biocompatibility testing.view more
Spring 2016, 2017 This course provides a fundamental understanding of nanotechnology and its environmental, health, and safety impact. We will discuss nanomaterials synthesis, fabrication, and characterization. Applications of engineered nanomaterials in medicine, including nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems will be discussed and used as examples for nanoEHS analyses. Host response to nanomaterials and nanotoxicology will be the focal point of the course. Research methods in nanotoxicology will be emphasized, including essential skills such as critical analysis of scientific literature, effective oral and written communication.
Fall 2019 This course provides a fundamental understanding of toxicity evaluation of nanoscale materials. Applications of engineered nanomaterials in medicine, including nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems and medical devices will be discussed and used as examples for toxicological assessment. Emerging approaches to predictive toxicology will be the focus of the course. Research methods in nanotoxicology will be emphasized, including essential skills such as critical analysis of scientific literature, effective oral and written communication, and grant writing.
In this paper, we review the different informatics methods that have been applied to patent mining, nanomaterial/device characterization, nanomedicine, and environmental risk assessment.
There is a critical opportunity in the field of nanoscience to compare and integrate information across diverse fields of study through informatics (i.e., nanoinformatics). This paper is one in a series of articles on the data curation process in nanoinformatics (nanocuration).
Tungsten inert gas welding (TIG) represents one of the most widely used metal joining processes in industry. Its propensity to generate a greater portion of welding fume particles at the nanoscale poses a potential occupational health hazard for workers. However, current literature lacks comprehensive characterization of TIG welding fume particles.