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James Trainham

Professor and Associate Chair for Industry Relations

Office MAE-A 318 Office Phone: (352) 392-0826 Office Fax: (352) 392-7303


Professor Trainham’s research interests are in renewable energy. Before joining UF, Trainham spent most of his professional career in industry: four years as chief technology officer JDC Phosphate, four years as vice president, distinguished fellow and director of the Research Triangle Solar Fuels Institute at RTI International, senior vice president of Sundrop Fuels (a solar fuel company), served as global vice president of Science and Technology at PPG Industries, and had a 25-year career at the DuPont Company. Trainham was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997. Received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Award for Chemical Engineering Practice, 2002; selected as “one of the 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era” by the AIChE, 2008; Elected Fellow AIChE, 2012; and Received the Industry Leadership Award, 2016. His industrial expertise is in technology commercialization of both product and process technologies.