Meet Some of AIChE’s Recently Elected Fellows

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Fellow candidates are nominated by their peers and must have significant chemical engineering practice (generally 25 years). Candidates must also have demonstrated significant service to the profession and have been a member of AIChE for at least 10 years. Below are some of the recently elected Fellows who were featured in the November 2019 print issue of CEP.  More Fellows will be introduced in future issues of CEP and here on ChEnected.

Tony J. Cai

Tony J. Cai is a chief scientist at Fractionation Research, Inc. (FRI) and an adjunct professor at Oklahoma State Univ. and Tianjin Univ. He is active in AIChE’s Separations Div. and is a longtime organizer of distillation and separations sessions at AIChE’s Southwest Process Technology Conference. He is also the co-author of AIChE’s equipment testing procedure on trayed and packed columns. He serves as a guest member of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering’s Working Party on Fluid Separations. He also serves on the editorial boards of several technical journals, including Chemical Engineering Research and Design.

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Benjamin J. Glasser

Benjamin J. Glasser is Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers Univ., where his research focuses on particle technology applied to pharmaceutical, catalyst, and chemical processes. He is director of Rutgers’ Catalyst Manufacturing Center, and also directs Rutgers’ Pharmaceutical Engineering Program, which trains graduate students in engineering, pharmacy, and the life and physical sciences in pharmaceutical product development and manufacturing. He has also developed a new curriculum for a professional Masters of Engineering degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Science, and has held leadership positions in AIChE’s Particle Technology Forum.

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Gregory B. McKenna

Gregory B. McKenna is Professor of Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech Univ. He has pioneered multiple areas of polymer and materials physics, including the physics of glasses, solid mechanics and nonlinear viscoelasticity of polymers, the thermodynamics and mechanics of networks, and molecular rheology. His work is documented in more than 235 publications. His honors include the International Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Mettler-Toledo Award of the North American Thermal Analysis Society, and the Bingham Medal of the Society of Rheology. He earned his PhD in materials science at the Univ. of Utah.

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Thomas E. Rehm, P.E.

Thomas E. Rehm, P.E., began his career working at UOP, prior to earning his PhD in chemical engineering at Northwestern Univ. He then worked at Amoco Chemical, and later moved to Saudi Aramco, where he went on to lead process safety auditing for several facilities and operations. In retirement, he has undertaken process safety consulting work and become active in AIChE. He is a director of the Safety and Health Div. and is also involved in curriculum development for AIChE’s Undergraduate Process Safety Learning Initiative. In 2018, he co-founded AIChE’s Climate Solutions Community.

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Raymond L. Smith

Raymond L. Smith received his PhD in chemical engineering from the Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst, and for the past 20 years has advanced research at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through his contributions in chemical release estimation, chemical process design and evaluation, indicators and metrics for process evaluation, and industrial ecology for pollution prevention. His research addresses ongoing pollution and internal EPA needs to improve the environment and solve pressing problems. Within AIChE, he has chaired both the Environmental Div. and the Sustainable Engineering Forum, and he is an editorial board member of Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy.

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Chi-Hwa Wang 

Chi-Hwa Wang is Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the National Univ. of Singapore, where he has also served as Assistant Dean for Research and as Faculty Fellow. His research interests include particle technology, biomass gasification, and waste-to-energy resources. He is currently an executive editor of Chemical Engineering Science. Active in AIChE since 1994, he and his team have made more than 70 research presentations at AIChE’s Annual Meetings. He earned a BS in chemical engineering from National Taiwan Univ., an MS in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins Univ., and an MS and PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton Univ.

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