The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) announced today that Gregory Stephanopoulos, the W. H. Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will become president of the organization in 2016. Stephanopoulos succeeds 2015 President Cheryl I. Teich, reaction engineering expertise area leader at The Dow Chemical Company in Spring House, Pennsylvania. T. Bond Calloway, an associate laboratory director at the Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, South Carolina, will become 2016 President-elect, and succeed Stephanopoulos as AIChE President in 2017. Additionally, Freeman E. Self, Bechtel Group distinguished engineer at Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals in Houston, Texas, was elected to a three-year term as Secretary, beginning in 2016.
Newly elected members of the AIChE Board of Directors are: Gregory T. Frank, principal engineer at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, California; Meagan Lewis, product line manager in the Catalyst, Adsorbents, and Specialties Group at UOP, a Honeywell Company in Des Plaines, Illinois; Timothy O. Odi, engineering fellow at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in The Woodlands, Texas; and Joseph B. Powell, chief scientist at Shell in Houston, Texas. The directors serve three-year terms.
Stephanopoulos, an AIChE Fellow and a Trustee of the AIChE Foundation, previously served on the Board of Directors from 2003 to 2005. He is a co-founder and past chairman of the AIChE’s Society for Biological Engineering. He is an authority in metabolic engineering, which converts microbes into chemical factories for the production of fuels and chemicals. Stephanopoulos has been elected to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and is a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens, Greece. Stephanopoulos received his doctorate in chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota, and previously taught at the California Institute of Technology before joining the MIT faculty in 1985.
AIChE is a professional society of more than 50,000 chemical engineers in 100 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 www.aiche.org.