Dr. Keisha McDowell

Title: 
Adjunct Lecturer of Chemistry
Office Location: 
Spencer Hall 318
Phone: 
(443) 885-3115
Email: 
Keisha.McDowell@morgan.edu
Education:

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, 2000
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland, 1995
Certified Six Sigma Black Belt

Education:

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, 2000
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland, 1995
Certified Six Sigma Black Belt

Research Interests:
Dr. McDowell is a practicing engineer with 15+ years of industrial experience in R&D, applications development, technical service, and manufacturing. She has demonstrated product development experience and process design expertise in laboratory, pilot, and commercial-scale equipment across multiple business sectors - including food ingredients, enzymes, bioactive cultures, natural and synthetic polymers.
Specialties: Particle science and technology; Industrial drying technologies (spray-drying, fluid bed drying/coating, freeze-dying, vacuum/tray drying); Particle formation and isolation via solid-liquid separations; Moisture analysis and modeling, Process safety management; HACCP, Aspen®; SharePoint®; Prezi.

  • Engineering research toward commercialization and manufacturing improvements Research in particle formation and drying/isolation technologies to obtain free-flowing powders. Product development and material characterization.
  • Modeling of particle processing technologies including kinetic/time-dependent behaviors. Material basic data development and data mining.
  • Moisture analysis, characterization, and control methods including microencapsulation, water activity (aw), dynamic vapor sorption (DVS), water vapor transmission rate (WVTR), and diffusion process modeling.
  • Technology options evaluation and cost analysis. Vendor/ toll-manufacturer engagement for demonstration, production scale-up, and manufacturing services. Equipment design, process development and optimization. Operator training.


Selected Publications (non-confidential):

  • Spray Dried Ionomer Compositions, patent filed February 6, 2015.
  • Material Property Characterization toward Freeze-Drying Cycle Optimization, DuPont TechCon, Brabrand, Denmark, 2015.
  • Effect of Dehydration Particle-Formation Processes on the Water Vapor Sorption Characteristics of Skim Milk Powder, University of Maryland College Park, 2014.
  • Fusabond® Functionalized Polymer Modifiers for Wire & Cable Insulation and Jacketing, Functional Fillers for Plastics, Toronto, Canada, 2005.
  • Micronization of Polymer Particles, WO 2002/062875, patent filed 2002.