Dr. McCarthy is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies. He is also William Kepler Whiteford Professor in the Swanson School’s Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. After earning his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University, he joined our faculty as an assistant professor in 1998 and was promoted to professor in 2010.
Deeply engaged in undergraduate education throughout his career at the University, Dr. McCarthy has been recognized for his contributions to teaching, curriculum development, and his leadership of undergraduate research programs. In 2008, he received the Carnegie Science University Educator Award for developing and implementing the innovative “Pillars” curriculum that reshaped undergraduate education in chemical engineering. In 2012, the Swanson School recognized his contributions with their Outstanding Educator Award, and in 2015, he received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
In addition to his scholarly and instructional activities, Dr. McCarthy’s record of administrative experience in the chemical engineering department dates back to 2005 and includes serving as Undergraduate Coordinator, and then as Vice Chair for Education. In these roles, he has focused on leading department-wide educational initiatives for undergraduate and graduate programs during a time when undergraduate enrollment within the department has more than tripled.