Stephanie Thornton is an Associate Health Scientist ll with Cardno ChemRisk in the Pittsburgh office. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Chemistry. Her primary areas of expertise and training include chemical engineering, computational modeling, thermodynamics, mass and energy transport, organic chemistry, reaction kinetics, system dynamics and modeling, and process design. She holds 20 hours of SAChE certificates in process safety, chemical reactivity hazards, runaway reactions, and risk assessment. At Cardno ChemRisk, she has utilized her quantitative skills to model chemical emissions, evaluate chemical exposures, and code a physiologically based-pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model in the R coding language. She has experience with several computational models and software such as MATLAB, IHMOD, and R.


  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, (2020)

Professional Associations

  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)


  • Completed more than 20 SAChE certificates of safety achievement in topics such as hazard identification and risk analysis, atmospheric dispersion, source models, chemical reactivity hazards, toxicological hazards, runaway reactions, process safety hazards, and basics of laboratory safety.

Most Recent Awards/Professional Honors

  • 2020 Trailblazer Award for University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering Co-op Program
  • 2019 Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation at Allegheny-Erie Society of Toxicology Annual Conference