Candidates for AIChE Fellow are nominated by their peers. They 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.
In honor of Women's History Month, here are some of the most recently elected women Fellows. More Fellows will be introduced in future issues of CEP and here on ChEnected.
Norma A. Alcantar
Norma A. Alcantar is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Univ. of South Florida, where her research interests include interfacial phenomena and chemical characterization of biomimetic membranes, drug delivery systems, green chemistry, water purification systems, nanoparticles, and thin films. She is author of more than 50 publications and 22 patents, two of which are licensed. She is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Inventors. She has also chaired sessions at AIChE meetings and has been a director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Minority Scholars Program.
Sarah Bock is Director of Capital Engineering at Curium (St. Louis, MO), a provider of nuclear medicine, where she oversees the capital budget for North America operations. Previously, and after gaining early experience at Cargill and Lever Brothers, she worked for Mallinckrodt from 1991 to 2019, where she held a variety of roles in process engineering; health, safety and environmental engineering; project management; facilities management; and capital management. An active member of AIChE’s St. Louis Local Section, she is a chemical engineering alumna of the Univ. of Missouri, Rolla (now Missouri S&T) and earned an MBA from Webster Univ.
Joan L. Cordiner
Joan L. Cordiner is the Interim Department Head and Professor of Process Engineering at the Univ. of Sheffield. Her dedication to mentoring engineers led her to academia after a 30-year engineering career at companies including Imperial Chemical Industries, AstraZeneca, and latterly Syngenta, where she was a technology manager and a global risk lead. Her research focuses on the optimization of intensified complex manufacturing processes, computer-aided molecular design, physical property prediction, and automated decision making in process safety. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is involved in AIChE programming and the Management Div.
Friederike C. Jentoft
Friederike C. Jentoft is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst, where her research interests are in acid-base catalysis and spectroscopic analysis of surface reactions. After earning a doctorate in chemistry at Ludwig Maximilian Univ. of Munich, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Univ. of California, Davis, and for 12 years led a research group at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society. Prior to joining Amherst, she was a professor at the Univ. of Oklahoma. She has authored more than 100 articles and served as an editor of the journal Advances in Catalysis.