Kim Ogden


University of Arizona

Kimberly Ogden is a Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Arizona and the Department Chair.. She received her BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD from the University of Colorado. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and is currently the immediate past-President of the Institute. Kim’s research focus includes bioreactor design for production of alternative fuels and chemicals from algae, guayule and guar, as well as energy/water nexus research. She was the engineering technical lead for the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB). Her research in algae to biofuel continued through a Regional Algal Feedstock Testbed program funded by the Department of Energy. The goal of this project was to obtain long term outdoor algal cultivation data that is available to the public for use in modeling and other research efforts, and demonstrate the feasibility of year round cultivation. Currently, Kim is the PI for USDA-NIFA Challenge Area Project titled Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions ( This is a joint project with NMSU, CSM, CSU, Bridgestone and USDA-ARS to investigate producing bioproducts and biofuels from guayule and guar.