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Ehrman, Sheryl H.

Ehrman, Sheryl H.

Emeritus Professor
Dean of Engineering, San Jose State University
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Ph.D., UCLA, 1997


Professor Ehrman joined the Clark School and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) faculty in 1998, and later became an affiliate faculty member in both the Chemical Physics Program and the Graduate Program in Bioengineering. Dr. Ehrman has developed a research program focusing on formation, characterization, and processing of dry particles (aerosols); emissions, transport, and fate of air pollution; and research at the intersection of aerosol science, medicine, and public health.


  • Faculty and Staff Inductee, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Sigma Circle, Spring 2015
  • Merrill Presidential Scholar Mentorship Honoree, 2014
  • Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, 2013–2016
  • American Chemical Society PROGRESS Lectureship Award, 2007
  • University Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Mumbai, Golden Jubilee Fellow, 2007
  • Keystone Academy of Distinguished Professors, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, 2007
  • Fulbright Scholar, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Mumbai, India, 2006–2007
  • A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, E. Robert Kent Outstanding Teaching Award for Junior Faculty, 2006
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, 2001
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, 1999

Aerosol and nanoparticle technology.

Our group is active in three main research areas:

  1. Development of scalable processes to make nanostructured battery cathode materials (funding: Army Research Laboratory) and metal micro-particles for conductive pastes and printable electronics (funding: NSF, DuPont);
  2. Research into air pollution in the Mid-Atlantic region with an emphasis on air pollution emissions relevant to policy (funding: Maryland Department of the Environment, NSF); and
  3. Development of instruments for characterizing exhaled breath aerosol as a non-invasive diagnostic, and for improving understanding of disease transmission by aerosol routes (funding: I-ARPA). 

Peter Kofinas Will Serve as Next Chair of ChBE

Effective July 1, Sheryl Ehrman will depart for San Jose State University.

CHBE Chair Sheryl Ehrman Departs for San Jose

Ehrman has accepted the position of Don Beall Dean of the Davidson College of Engineering.

ChBE Alumna Receives Fullbright Scholarship

Ezinne Achinivu will focus her research on the development of biomass processing in Riems, France, beginning in June.

@UMDWIE at United Nations Women

On August 24 and 25, follow @UMDWIE for insider tweets at UN Women!

Emissions from Natural Gas Wells May Travel Far Downwind

New study sees steep rise in ethane accompanying the rise in fracking.

Undergrads Host AIChE Conference; Chem-E Car Shelldon Heads to National Competition

AIChE welcomes more than 300 chemical engineering students from more than two dozen schools.

Up In the Air: Does Fracking Create More Pollution Now than Using Natural Gas Will Prevent Later?

Green Fund Fellowship supports interdisciplinary effort to model emissions.

Solar Team Distills Most and Purest Water at International Competition

Students from civil, chemical engineering win awards in Environmental Design Contest.

ChBE Undergrads Win Prestigious Industrial Internships from SCI Program

"Exceptional sophomores and juniors" chosen from nationwide field of applicants for $6K-$10K internships.

Anisimov Elected to Russian Academies of Engineering and Natural Sciences

UMD professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering elected as a foreign member of both Russian Academies.

Dominion Resources Supports Lab Upgrade

$30K gift supports purchase of new heat exchanger station for chemical engineering unit ops facility.

Marshall Spray Systems Research Earns Grants

Fire protection engineering professor and colleagues to quantify fire-spray interactions, form company.

Clark School Wins Major Research Instrumentation Awards

NSF funding for research to improve spray technology, creation of x-ray center for nano research.

Less Precious: Big Copper Particles Could Make Your Electronics Cheaper

ChBE collaboration with DuPont seeks safer, more affordable way to manufacture electronics.

ChBE Undergrads Win 5 of 29 Prestigious Industrial Internships

"Exceptional sophomores and juniors" chosen from nationwide field of applicants for $6K-$10K internships.

BioE Hosts Teachers in NSF-Sponsored Program

Summer workshop will improve K-12 engineering, math education.

Ehrman Appointed Chair of ChBE

Professor to begin term August 23, 2010.

Alumnus Wins World Nuclear University Fellowship

Quynh Nguyen (Ph.D. '03, chemical engineering) attends Summer Institute at Oxford.

Faculty News Roundup

Clark School faculty promotions, moves announced.

Live News Broadcast at Clark School

WTTG Fox 5 broadcasts live from ENES100 hovercraft competition at the Kim Building.

Fond Farewell to Graduates

Nariman Farvardin presides over final graduation as Clark School dean.

Three New Keystone Professors Selected

Ehrman, Gomez and Duncan join the Clark School Academy of Distinguished Professors.

Commencement Speakers Cite Change and Values

Ceremony features awards for outstanding teaching, staff service.

Ehrman Wins Fulbright Award

ChBE associate professor to put award towards work at IIT Mumbai.

Seven faculty receive NSF Early CAREER Awards

An unprecedented seven young faculty members in the Clark School have received the prestigious National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award.