- Ph.D. Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado, 2005
- B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1999
- Screencasts and concept tests available at www.learncheme.com
- Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2) seed grant, 2007-2008
- Leadership in Biotechnology Certificate, University of Colorado, 2002
- NIH Leadership in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Fellow, 2001-2004
- Biotechnology Small Grant – Colorado Institute for Research in Biotechnology, 2000
- National Science Foundation Scholarship, 2000-2004
- Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellow, 2000-2004
- Beverly Sears Dean’s Small Grant Award, 2002
- Outstanding Teaching Assistant for Graduate Courses, 2002
- Outstanding Paper Awards, Graduate Student Annual Research Symposium, 2002, 2003
My interests focus primarily on the implementation of novel teaching strategies in the classroom, especially the use of electronic resources such as concept tests, screencasts, and the use of a tablet computer to facilitate a more dynamic presentation of course material. I am currently developing a number of screencasts to eventually facilitate a "flipped classroom" that moves lectures outside the classroom via a series of short videos. Class time is then available for more valuable activities such as discussions of conceptual questions, workshops, and projects. I am especially interested in promoting more open-ended problems, which better approximate engineering challenges that extend beyond the classroom environment. Thus far my favorite courses include Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, and first-year design.
Outside the classroom, my interests have included the rheological characterization of biomass slurries, the fluid mechanics of tangential flow filtration, and separation strategies for the recovery and reuse of enzymes related to the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to fuel.
- Knutsen JS and MW Liberatore (2010) "Rheology Modification and Enzyme Kinetics of High-Solids Cellulosic Slurries: An Economic Analysis." Energy & Fuels 24: 6506-6512.
- Knutsen JS and MW Liberatore (2010) "Rheology modification and enzyme kinetics of high solids cellulosic slurries." Energy & Fuels 24: 3267-3274.
- Smith BT, JS Knutsen and RH Davis (2010) "Empirical Evaluation of Inhibitory Product, Substrate, and Enzyme Effects During the Enzymatic Saccharification of Lignocellulosic Biomass." Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 161: 468-482.
- Knutsen JS and MW Liberatore (2009) “Rheology of High-Solids Biomass Slurries for Biorefinery Applications.” Journal of Rheology 53: 877-892.
- Knutsen JS and RH Davis (2009) “Direct Visual Observation of Microfiltration Membrane Fouling and Cleaning.” Chapter 2 in Monitoring and Visualizing Membrane Based Processes. ed. C Güell, M Ferrando and F López. Weinheim. Wiley-VCH.
- Knutsen JS and RH Davis (2006) “Deposition of foulant particles during tangential flow filtration.” Journal of Membrane Science 271: 101-113.