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Christina Payne

(703) 292-2895
(703) 292-9098
E 13445
Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET)
Interfacial Engineering


Dr. Christina (Christy) M. Payne is a Program Director in the Engineering Directorate's Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems at the National Science Foundation. She manages the Interfacial Engineering program and several sustainability-related solicitations. Christy is also an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky. 

Christy received her BS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and Vanderbilt University, respectively. She subsequently joined URS as a chemical process engineer in the oil and gas and nuclear waste remediation industries, earning licensure as a professional engineer. Christy returned to academia holding positions as a postdoctoral researcher (2011) and staff scientist (2011-2012) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and assistant professor (2012-2017) at the University of Kentucky. She was also the August T. Larsson guest researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science from 2013-2017. After earning tenure, Christy joined the National Science Foundation in 2017 to pursue a career in research administration. Her awards include the NSF CAREER award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the University of Kentucky's award for Excellence in Research, the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award, and the August T. Larsson award. Her scientific contributions have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Chemical Reviews, and many other peer-reviewed journals.