AIChE Honors Outstanding Individual Achievements with 2016 Institute and Board of Directors' Awards

Experts in Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science, Education and Manufacturing Among Honorees
November 17, 2016

In a ceremony held during the 2016 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, (November 13-18), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) presented awards to 14 leaders and innovators in chemical engineering.

AIChE’s highest honor, the Founders Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical Engineering, was presented to Klavs F. Jensen, the Warren K. Lewis Professor of Chemical Engineering at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The recognition is awarded to an engineer whose work has had a profound impact on the chemical engineering field.

Jensen’s research focuses on understanding and controlling the interaction of reaction and transport processes in the creation of micro- and nano-structured materials and devices for chemical, biological, optical, electronic and energy applications. His work has led to a range of innovations, including technologies for portable energy, microelectronics, advanced materials  and pharmaceuticals.

Jensen has documented his work in more than 380 articles and 44 patents. He is a Fellow of AIChE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

In addition, AIChE honored these 13 outstanding chemical engineers:

David R. Eckhardt, PE, Project Manager at Irwin Engineers (Natick, MA), received the F. J. and Dorothy Van Antwerpen Award for Service to AIChE. The award is sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company.

Jordan J. Green, an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, received the Allan P. Colburn Award for Excellence in Publications by a Young Member of the Institute. The award is sponsored by E.I. duPont de Nemours & Company.

Sharon C. Glotzer, the Cahn Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan, was presented with the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research. The award is sponsored by the Alpha Chi Sigma Educational Foundation.

Christopher W. Jones, the Love Family Professor and Associate Vice President for Research at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was presented with the Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering. The award is endowed by The AIChE Foundation.

David M. Richman, retired principal staff member at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Research, was presented with the Award for Service to Society.

Ashish Batra, Global Improvement Leader for Formulations and Packaging at Dow AgroSciences, was presented with the Industrial Progress Award.

Mark B. Shiflett, Foundation Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas, was presented with the Industrial Research and Development Award.

James A. Trainham, Chief Technology Officer at JDC/Phosphate, received the Industry Leadership Award.

James A. Ritter, the Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina, received the Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology. The award is sponsored by Praxair Inc.

Richard W. Korsmeyer, Executive Director at Pfizer Inc., was presented with the Lawrence B. Evans Award in Chemical Engineering Practice. The award is sponsored by CACHE Corporation.

Israel E. Wachs, the G. Whitney Snyder Professor at Lehigh University, was presented with the R. H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering. The award is sponsored by ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company.

Phillip C. Wankat, the Clifton L. Lovell Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, received the Warren K. Lewis Award for Chemical Engineering Education. The award is sponsored by ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company.

Glenn H. Fredrickson, Distinguished Professor and Mitsubishi Chemical Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara, received the William H. Walker Award for Excellence in Contributions to Chemical Engineering Literature. The award is sponsored by John Wiley & Sons.

“The chemical engineers we recognize today are expanding the horizons of our profession through their extraordinary talents and dedication,” said Dr. Gregory Stephanopoulos, president of AIChE. “It is an honor for me to salute this distinguished group, as they bring their ingenuity to bear to help solve the grand challenges of our times and work to improve the quality of life for people everywhere.”

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AIChE is a professional society of more than 53,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontiers of chemical engineering research in such areas as energy, sustainability, biological and environmental engineering, nanotechnology, and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at