Michael Graham to Deliver Inaugural Schowalter Lecture

Michael D. Graham, the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and Harvey D. Spangler Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected to deliver AIChE’s first William R. Schowalter Lecture. This new honor recognizes Schowalter’s broad contributions to chemical engineering, highlighted by important insights into the dynamics of multiphase flows.

Graham presents his lecture at the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13. His talk, “Flowing Complex Fluids, from Blood to the Buffer Layer,” describes the flow of blood in microcirculation, as well as segregation in blood and other confined multicomponent suspensions.

Graham joined the chemical engineering faculty at the Univ. of Wisconsin in 1994, and he chaired the department from 2006 to 2009. His research has explored the rheology and dynamics of polymer solutions and suspensions, especially under confinement, as well as instabilities and turbulence in Newtonian and complex fluids. He is the author of the textbooks Microhydrodynamics, Brownian Motion, and Complex Fluids and (with James Rawlings) Modeling and Analysis Principles for Chemical and Biological Engineers. He has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics.

Graham is vice president of the Society of Rheology. He earned his BS and PhD in chemical engineering from the Univ. of Dayton and Cornell Univ., respectively.

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This article originally appeared in the Technical Entity Trends column in the September 2019 issue of CEP. Members have access online to complete issues, including a vast, searchable archive of back-issues found at aiche.org/cep.