Bill Epling is a Professor in, and Chair of, the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia. He received his PhD from the University of Florida in 1997 and his BS from Virginia Tech in 1992, both in Chemical Engineering. Prior to joining UVa, he followed a relatively unique path – primarily in the field of environmental catalysis, including catalyst design, manufacture, characterization and application. He has worked across a spectrum of locations; a national lab (Pacific Northwest National Lab), in academia (University of Waterloo, University of Houston and University of Virginia), a catalyst manufacturing company (EmeraChem) and an engine manufacturer (Cummins Inc). His research has most recently focused on diesel and natural gas engine emissions reduction and utilization of natural gas in the production of value-added chemicals.