Tsutomu "Shimo" Shimotori , CQE

Professional Title
Assistant Professor


Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
B.Eng. Chemical Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan

Honors and Awards

  • 2009  NSF SBIR Phase I Award
  • 2004-2005  Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • 2004  Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Award, American Chemical Society
  • 2003  Environmental Division Graduate Student Paper Award, AIChE

Interest Areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Material Characterization
  • Cellulosic Biofuels and Bioreactors
  • Compost
  • Electrochemical Reactors
  • Membranes
  • Multi-Phase Partitioning
  • Catalysts
  • SBIR

Brief Bio

Dr. Shimotori (nickname “Shimo”) started his research career in Japan in a catalytic reaction engineering lab. After coming to the US, his research interests turned to how to apply various chemical engineering approaches to solve environmental issues. Outside of academia, he worked for a biotech startup in South Carolina from 2007-2011 and for the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Agriculture from 2011-2016. He worked as a manager of the Research Instrumentation Laboratory at UMD from 2016-2018 before joining the Chemical Engineering Department. 

In his personal life Dr. Shimotori enjoys spending time with family and friends. He likes outdoor activities including casual fishing, hiking, camping, and foraging.

Courses Taught

  • ChE 2500  Global Quality Regulatory Framework
  • ChE 3032  Chemical Process Modeling and Simulation
  • ChE 3111  Fluid Mechanics
  • ChE 3112  Heat and Mass Transfer
  • ChE 3211 Chemical Engineering Lab I
  • ChE 3501  Product Development and Validation
  • ChE 4301  Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • ChE 4211  Chemical Engineering Lab II
  • ChE 5301  Advanced Chemical Reactor Design
  • GEOL/ChE 5321  Scanning Electron Microscopy Lab

Professional Associations

American Chemical Society
American Society for Quality
Microscopy Society of America


Aspen Hysys User Certification
Certified SolidWorks Associate - Mechanical Design
Certified Quality Engineer
Certified HVAC Professional
Preparing Future Faculty Program Certificate (University of Minnesota)