Dr. John R. Richards, P.E. is a Research Fellow in DuPont Engineering Research and Technology at the Experimental Station in Delaware, and has worked on various processes and plant sites employing polymerization and biological modeling and process control. He has developed polymerization models and control systems for a broad spectrum of products and processes including polymers, monomers, and biological systems, which have resulted in a significant impact in terms of improved yield, quality, and productivity. He has been the recipient of three DuPont Engineering Excellence Awards. He is an Affiliated Faculty member of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware where he has taught the Fundamentals of Engineering and Professional Engineering Review in Chemical Engineering courses since 1983. He has authored 21 publications in refereed journals, a book, 6 book chapters and theses and 38 conference presentations. An AIChE member since 1976, he organized many sessions at Annual AIChE and ACC Meetings on "Modeling and Control of Polymer Processes" every other year from 2002 to 2012. He was Conference Industrial Co-chair at the 2009 Polymer Reaction Engineering (PRE) VII, the premier PRE conference held every three years. He was elected an AIChE Fellow in 2011. He was awarded the CAST Computing Practice award in 2012. He is an Educational Associate at the Mount Cuba Astronomical Observatory. He received his BS in Biochemical Engineering and AB in Psychology from Rutgers University in 1976 and his MS from Cornell University in Chemical Engineering in 1978. He then joined DuPont and received his PhD from the University of Delaware in Chemical Engineering in 1994.
Computing & Systems Technology Division
Delaware Valley Local Section
AIChE Computing & Systems Technology Division (Director) ((2013-2015))
Research & Development
University of Delaware