Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Rebecca Hicks


Rebecca Hicks joined the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (cSEND) on August 2, 2010. Prior to joining the University of Notre Dame, she was a Lead Research Engineer at Chevron Energy Technology Company. She worked in the Emerging Energy Technologies group primarily doing technical analysis of new technologies for solar hydrogen production and of new materials and processes for CO2 capture and conversion.

Rebecca received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2008 from the Georgia Institute of Technology under the advisement of Prof. Christopher Jones. Her research focused on the synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of organometallic catalysts supported on silica surfaces for fine chemical synthesis. She received her B.E. in Chemical Engineering (1999) from Vanderbilt University where she also studied piano performance.

Prior to graduate school, Rebecca worked as a process engineer at OFS/Lucent Technologies in the modified chemical vapor deposition optical fiber manufacturing division and for Merck & Co., Inc. as a technical operations engineer working on projects related to API manufacturing.

Rebecca’s current responsibilities with cSEND are to:

  • Prepare drafts of grant submissions, particularly for multi-PI proposals.
  • Review grant submissions for technical/writing content and provide feedback to PIs.
  • Monitor funding announcements and alert appropriate faculty.
  • Administer and coordinate the university-wide Energy Studies Minor.
  • Advise students in the Energy Studies Minor.
  • Provide Proposal Preparation Services to Notre Dame faculty and associated researchers to facilitate interdisciplinary research activities at Notre Dame.