Christy Wheeler West, Ph.D.

Christy Wheeler West, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering


  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Alabama


Dr. Wheeler West’s scholarly efforts focus on supporting the learning, achievement, and professional development of engineering students with a range of backgrounds and experience.

Current research projects include:

  • Promoting success of transfer students in engineering degree programs (NSF S-STEM Award #1833985).
  • Persistence to STEM degrees for students starting in pre-calculus math courses.
  • Faculty perspectives on engaging undergraduates in research.


  • Superhydrophobic Functionalization of Cotton Fabric via Reactive Dye Chemistry and a Thiol-ene Click Reaction, A. Brown, M. Bozman, T. Hickman, M.I. Hossain, T. G. Glover, K.N. West, C.W. West, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2019, 58, 50, 22534-22540.
  • A service learning project on aluminum recycling: developing professional skills in a material and energy balances course.  C.W. West. Chemical Engineering Education, Winter 2017.
  • Alumina-supported Pt-CeOx water-gas shift catalysts prepared by supercritical fluid deposition, J.W. Deal, P.T. Le, C.B. Corey; K. More; C.W. West. J. Supercritical Fluids, 2017, 119, 113-121.
  • Fusion and thermal degradation behavior of symmetric sulfur-containing quaternary ammonium bromides. T.L.Y. Huynh, K. Poiroux, R.A. O’Brien, K.N. West, J.H. Davis, Jr., and C.W. West, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2016, 120 (7), 1330–1335.
  • Impact of Sulfur Heteroatoms on the Activity of Quaternary Ammonium Salts as Phase-Transfer Catalysts for Nucleophilic Displacement Reactions. C.W. West, R.A. O’Brien, E.A. Salter, B.E. Hollingsworth, T.L. Huynh, R.E. Sweat, N.J. Griffin, A. Wierzbicki, J.H. Davis, Jr. J. Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 2015, 282-288.


  • EG 101 Introduction to Engineering and Design
  • EG 270 Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ChE 203 Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes
  • ChE 372 Chemical Reactor Design
  • ChE 525 Chemical Reactor Analysis

Faculty Advisor: Omega Chi Epsilon