Professor Bandaru V. Ramarao will be presented this year's Andrew Chase Award from AIChE, Forest Bioproducts Division recognizing his outstanding scientific contributions to the field of forest bioproducts and leadership and service to the division. He has been a professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in the department of paper and bioprocess engineering and also serves as the director of the Empire State Paper Research Institute.
Professor Ramarao's research contributions are in the area of transport processes and separations. He has researched moisture transport processes and water removal from lignocellulosics including pulps. His primary area of research is in separation processes and has led to commercial applications. He also serves as an editor of Separation and Purification Technology. Prof. Ramarao has served in leadership roles of the AIChE's FBD division for many years, as programming chair and division chair.
Past winners of this prestigious award include, Prof. Yulin Deng, Georgia Tech, Dr. Ted Wegner, Associate Director of USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Dr. Jeff Lindsay, Head, Intellectual Property, Asia Pulp and Paper and Prof. Amar Mohanty, Canada Research Chair, University of Guelph.