Shelley L. Anna is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She also holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Physics and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon in 2003, Anna received her B.S. in physics from Carnegie Mellon, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in engineering science from Harvard University in 2000. She worked as a senior research engineer at Solutia Inc., and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

At CMU, Anna’s research interests are in multiphase microfluidics, interfacial rheology, and microscale transport phenomena.

Anna is the recipient of a 2005 NSF CAREER award, the 2006 George Tallman Ladd Research Award from the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, and a 2012 Honorable Mention for a Carnegie Science Award in the category of Emerging Female Scientist. Anna received the Russel V. Trader Career Faculty Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering in 2011. She was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2014.

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2000 Ph.D., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University

1996 MS, Engineering Sciences, Harvard University

1995 BS, Physics, Carnegie Mellon University

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CMU Engineering

Shelley Anna named Vice Provost for Faculty

Shelley Anna, a professor of chemical engineering and associate dean for faculty and graduate affairs and strategic initiatives for the College of Engineering, has been selected as the next vice provost for faculty.

CMU Engineering

AI Engineering will change the world around us

Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering is equipping next generation engineers with the ability to integrate AI into the constraints of the engineering problem by way of seven new master’s degrees in AI Engineering.


Top-tier research institutions form alliance to explore equitable career advancement in higher education

A $3 million NSF grant has been jointly awarded to Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University, and New York University to fund the development of a new career advancement model.

CMU Engineering

CMU to lead alliance to explore equitable career advancement in higher ed

Carnegie Mellon University will lead an alliance to develop a new career advancement model, Project ELEVATE, through the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), with Johns Hopkins University and New York University also part of the team.

Chemical Engineering

"Cleaning up" an oil spill

Following the oil spill off the coast of Southern California, ChemE looks at different techniques used during past and present clean-up efforts.

CMU Engineering

Behind the Researcher

The College of Engineering is known for our cutting-edge research, academic rigor, and amazing students, but you might be surprised by some of the other talents of our award-winning faculty.

the Accelerator

College of Engineering announces Catalyst 2020 winners

The College of Engineering is pleased to announce that the College will fund three Catalyst proposals as winners of the Catalyst 2020 competition.

Drexel University

Anna named 2018-2019 ELATE at Drexel Fellow

ChemE’s Shelley Anna was chosen as one of 18 Fellows in the 2018-2019 class of ELATE at Drexel, an elite program that brings together experienced and diverse women faculty members from institutions across the U.S. and Canada.