Dan Salem, BS '13

PhD Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“I had an amazing experience as an undergraduate within the CBE department. One of my favorite memories was learning about McCabe-Thiele diagrams in Professor Lockett’s Separations class. He introduced the subject by suggesting we all get tattoos of a McCabe-Thiele diagram on our forearms!”


Dan Salem graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2013 with a BS in chemical engineering and a minor in mathematics. He is currently a PhD candidate within the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As a sophomore at the University at Buffalo, Dan began participating in undergraduate research in the lab of Dr. Kenneth Takeuchi of the University at Buffalo Chemistry Department. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for Scientists and Engineers and was accepted into the Penn State University Chemical Energy Storage and Conversion Summer REU Program. 

During his senior year, Dan worked in the lab of Dr. Mark Swihart where he gained experience synthesizing and characterizing silicon nanoparticles. In spring 2013, he received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award. 

Dan is now a PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Michael Strano at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he works to develop biological sensors using carbon nanotubes.