Lauren Endress joined PSRI in 2022 as a Development Engineer shortly after graduating from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a master’s degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. In her first year at PSRI she has contributed to several projects in both contract and membership research. Throughout these projects she has investigated particle tracking methods, classification techniques, particle attrition mechanisms, and standpipe operation, in addition to fundamentals of fluidized bed and circulating fluidized bed technology. She currently leads PSRI’s membership project on Standpipe Aeration, which she has guided through modification, testing, and data analysis. Additionally, she leads PSRI’s Cyclone Attrition program and has aided in and overseen project development, construction, testing, and analysis. She is well versed in data analysis programs such as MatLab, Mathematica, and DasyLabs, as well as design programs like AutoCAD.
Before joining PSRI Lauren received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Augustana College and her master’s degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She conducted research at UIUC as a member of the Kong Lab, where she led efforts to develop a novel thermal energy harvesting elastomeric gel electrolyte for flexible supercapacitors. Additionally, she served as president of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee and worked as a teaching assistant for the chemical and biomolecular engineering department.