John Ekerdt is the Dick Rothwell Endowed Chair and the Associate Dean for Research in Engineering at the Univ. of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). He received his BS from the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, and his PhD from the Univ. of California, Berkeley. He began teaching at UT-Austin in 1979, where he has published more than 300 articles, written reaction-engineering textbooks, and holds seven patents. Among John’s honors are the Stine Award from AIChE’s Materials Engineering and Sciences Div. (MESD) and the ASEE Chemical Engineering Div. Chemstations Award for leadership in chemical engineering education. He is a Fellow of AIChE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
John’s service to AIChE over 35 years includes several leadership positions. He was a founder of the Balcones Fault (Texas) Section, Meeting Program Chair for the 1991 Spring and 2004 Annual meetings, MESD Chair (2002), member and Chair of the Chemical Engineering Technology Operating Council (CTOC; 2005–2010), and a member of AIChE’s Board of Directors (2012–2015).
I am honored to be nominated for AIChE President-Elect. I have had the privilege of working with the many dedicated staff and volunteers who enable the Institute to realize its vision and mission. AIChE’s vitality and sustainability depend on growing this base of volunteers. Chemical engineering practice and the profession are constantly evolving; we graduate students with essentially the same core fundamentals who quickly disperse into an ever-changing global economy. AIChE’s challenge is to continue providing a home, a purpose, and a community to chemical engineers as they specialize and are drawn to other professional communities of practice. If we are to play a leadership role in shaping the future, we need an organization that is dynamic, engages the broadest constituency, and renews itself by attracting, retaining, and developing young professionals.
I bring a sense of duty to serve others. If elected, I will work to:
- increase the relevance and value of the Institute’s products, programs, and services to the varied constituents who represent the membership and the potential membership
- increase and sustain membership by offering compelling programs and services that provide for professional and technical growth
- expand the portfolio of programs and services to address the entire career span of potential members
- advance traditional and nontraditional methods of programming designed to engage more practicing industrial engineers in AIChE meetings, where we all can benefit from the exchange of ideas and perspectives
- grow capacity among young professionals and develop future Institute leaders.
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