Audrey Butler earned her BS and Ph.D. in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Iowa. In 1999, she joined the University of Iowa Chemical and Biochemical Engineering faculty as a lecturer. She also served as the departmental honors advisor and program ABET accreditation coordinator, guiding the program through three successful cycles and earning “exemplary report” status in 2015.
Career highlights include increasing the diversity of students participating in summer high school programs, revamping the undergraduate unit operations lab course, and maintaining high student satisfaction scores in all her courses.
Before joining the faculty, she directed the Iowa Secondary Student Training Program (ISSTO), which brought talented high school students to the University of Iowa for summer research internships. ISSTO also worked with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia to assist them in their STEM programs.
As a graduate student, she interned at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque as part of the Outstanding Student Summer Training Program. Her project focused on the use of solar energy to detoxify drinking water. She also interned at Iowa Electric where she worked on their landfill gas biofuel project.
Volunteerism has always been an important part of her life. She currently works with PACE Center for Girls, which provides education, counseling, and advocacy for at-risk girls in Volusia and Flagler Counties. In the past, her family delivered Meals on Wheels for almost a decade. She has also been a GED math tutor, a Cub Scout den mother and assistant Girl Scout troop leader, elementary school volunteer coordinator, and PTO president. She is certified as an administrative official with USA Swimming, the national governing body for competitive swimming, and trains others for certification. She has coordinated events for beginning swimmers, clubs, and NCAA Division I Men’s Championships.
Her interests include running 5K and 10K races, cooking, travel, and reading. She enjoys fiber arts and has taught quilting. One of her mini quilts was featured in a digital magazine in November 2015.