Teodora Rutar Shuman, Ph.D.

Dr. Teodora Rutar Shuman

Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

Professor and Department Chair

Phone: 206.296.5535

Building/Room: BANN 469

Curriculum Vitae


Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Shuman currently works on rapid and low-energy input dewatering of microalgae and on innovative teaching that enhances student learning. Her research is published in leading peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, and her papers won best paper awards at ASEE Annual Conferences.  She serves her professional and larger community with paper reviews, committee and board memberships.


Dr. Shuman received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Belgrade University, Yugoslavia, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her doctoral dissertation focused on NOx and CO Formation for Lean-Premixed Methane-Air Combustion in a Jet-Stirred Reactor Operated at Elevated Pressure.

Dr. Shuman and several of her colleagues recently received a $1.86 million NSF grant which will allow us to implement a new approach to teaching engineering. Seattle U mechanical engineering students and faculty will be immersed in doing engineering with engineers. The changes will impact all students, including women and underrepresented minorities. These program changes are motivated by national concerns about student persistence and engineering workplace readiness.