Meet Some of AIChE's New Fellows

Featured in the September 2019 print issue of CEP

Fellow is AIChE’s highest grade of membership and is achieved only through election by the Board of Directors. Candidates for AIChE Fellow are nominated by their peers and must have significant chemical engineering experience (generally 25 years), must have demonstrated significant service to the profession, and must have been a member of AIChE for at least 10 years.

Below are some of AIChE's recently elected fellows, who are also featured in the September 2019 print issue of CEP.

Somnath Basu, P.E.

Somnath Basu, P.E., is Vice President of Global Process Engineering and Chief Technology Officer at Headworks International (Houston, TX). He has more than 30 years of experience in municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment system engineering and design. His prior affiliations include Shell Global Solutions, AECOM, CDM, Stone & Webster, and Raytheon (Badger) Engineers. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts, a member of the Water Environment Federation, and a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. He earned his PhD in environmental engineering at Northeastern Univ.

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Frank J. Doyle, III

Frank J. Doyle, III, is the John A. Paulson Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard Univ., where he is also the John A. & Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor. His research interests are in systems biology, network science, modeling and analysis of circadian rhythms, and drug delivery for diabetes. Active in AIChE’s Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Div., he is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine for his work on biomedical control. He earned his PhD in chemical engineering at CalTech.

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Frederic S. Eisen, P.E.

Frederic S. Eisen, P.E., earned his BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering from Drexel Univ. before launching a lengthy career with Sun Refining and Marketing and later Sun Exploration and Production Co. There, he assessed new technology and business opportunities and provided technical support for oil and gas production and field and plant operations. Later, at Greene & Associates, he participated in a variety of energy-related projects. His AIChE activities include 40 years of continuous leadership in the Dallas Local Section. He is a patentee in refining processing and a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and Pennsylvania.

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Eric S. G. Shaqfeh 

Eric S. G. Shaqfeh is the Lester Levi Carter Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford Univ., where he is also a professor of mechanical engineering and on the faculty of the Institute of Computational and Mathematical Engineering. His research interests include non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, nonequilibrium polymer statistical dynamics, and suspension mechanics. He serves as an associate editor of the journal Physical Review Fluids and on the boards of other international journals. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, his honors also include the Bingham Medal (Society of Rheology) and AIChE’s Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research.

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Karen Study 

Karen Study is Global Process Safety Risk Analyst at the Dow Chemical Co., where she performs high-level risk analyses, develops new risk assessment methodologies, and provides technical support and training for risk analysis and dispersion modeling. She holds patents related to her work with hydrogen cyanide reactors. Her publications in process safety include the paper “Beyond LOPA and HAZOP — Four Different Company Approaches,” which is one of the most downloaded papers published in Process Safety Progress. A leader of AIChE’s Safety and Health Div., in 2021 she will chair AIChE’s Global Congress on Process Safety.

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Mark T. Swihart 

Mark T. Swihart is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Univ. at Buffalo (SUNY), where he is also the Empire Innovation Professor at the RENEW Institute. His research interests include synthesis, processing, and applications of nanomaterials. He serves as an editor of Aerosol Science and Technology and is a consulting editor of AIChE Journal. He is an author (with Smith, van Ness, and Abbott) of the 8th Edition of the textbook Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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