Meet Some of AIChE’s Newly Elected Fellows

Candidates for AIChE Fellow are nominated by their peers and must have significant chemical engineering experience (generally 25 years), have demonstrated significant service to the profession, and have been a member of AIChE for at least 10 years.

Here are some of the recently elected Fellows. More Fellows will be introduced in future issues of CEP and here on ChEnected.

Perla B. Balbuena

Perla Balbuena is a professor in the Artie McFerrin Dept. of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M Univ. Her work focuses on the analysis and design of materials and processes using first-principles computational methods. Her research group has pioneered the use of quantum chemistry for the prediction of degradation phenomena in electro-chemical interfaces, which impacts battery materials and electro-catalysis. Other aspects of Balbuena’s research include gas adsorption in porous materials and the subsequent analysis and development of separation processes. Her more than 300 publications have been cited more than 15,000 times.

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Alan Fuchs

Alan Fuchs is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Advancement at the California State Polytechnic Univ., Pomona, College of Engineering, where his research focuses on polymers, intelligent materials, proton exchange membranes for fuel cells, water treatment, and bioprocessing. He was previously on the faculty at the Univ. of Nevada, Reno, where he chaired the Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering. He was also director of the California Energy Research Center at California State Univ., Bakersfield. He has served on AIChE’s Chemical Engineering Technology Operating Council and the Career and Education Operating Council.

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Costas D. Maranas

Costas D. Maranas is the Broughton Professor of Chemical Engineering at Pennsylvania State Univ., where his research group develops and deploys computational frameworks informed by systems engineering and mathematical optimization to understand, analyze, and redesign metabolism and proteins. He has co-authored more than 200 publications and the textbook Optimization Methods in Metabolic Networks. He serves on numerous editorial boards, is active in the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s (DOE’s) Use Inspired Research program in the Center for Bioenergy Innovation and in DOE’s Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation.

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Dimitrios Maroudas

Dimitrios Maroudas is a professor of chemical engineering at the Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst, where he established the materials engineering program. His research focuses on the multiscale modeling of complex systems, with emphasis on establishing processing-structure-properties-function relations in bulk, thin-film, nano-structured, and low-dimensional materials that have applications in electronics, nanotechnology, and energy. He has served as a director of AIChE’s Materials Engineering and Sciences Div. and is on the editorial boards of the journals Surface Science and Materials Research Express.

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