Meet Some of AIChE’s Recently Elected Fellows

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

Please see below to learn more about some of AIChE’s recently elected Fellows. More Fellows will be introduced in future issues of CEP.

Ajit Ghorpade

Ajit Ghorpade recently retired from Veolia North America as technical manager of wastewater treatment processes. Over his career, he acquired broad expertise in municipal and industrial wastewater management, including the development and optimization of cost-effective wastewater treatment systems. He also worked in R&D settings where he guided process development for wastewater treatment from development to manufacturing, and he launched strategic partnerships with multinationals to support their sites. Among his AIChE activities, he serves on the managing board of the Institute for Sustainability, and served on the editorial board of AIChE’s Environmental Progress journal.

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Andre Francis Palmer

Andre Francis Palmer is Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering, the Fenburr Ohio Eminent Scholar in Nanotechnology, and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State Univ. His research encompasses novel hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers for applications in transfusion medicine as well as red blood cell substitutes as oxygen-carrying perfusates. He served as Chair of Ohio State’s William G. Lowrie Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from 2014–2019, and is the author of more than 170 peer-reviewed publications.

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Arthur John Schroeder, Jr.

Arthur John Schroeder, Jr., is the CEO and co-founder of Safe Marine Transfer, LLC. In 2019, he also co-founded Subsea Shuttle, LLC, and in 2000 he established Energy Valley, Inc., which provides funding, marketing, and management to commercialize and advance energy-related technologies. Prior to that, he spent 25 years working for a major integrated oil company, serving in operations, engineering, construction, strategy development, and crisis management roles, domestic and internationally. He has served on the board of the Offshore Technology Conference and has long been active on AIChE’s Program Committee.

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Donald P. Visco, Jr.

Donald P. Visco, Jr., is a professor of chemical engineering at the Univ. of Akron, where he is former Dean of the school’s College of Engineering. His main area of technical research involves computer-aided molecular design. He has been active in AIChE’s Education Div. and the Education and Accreditation Committee. Since 2019, Visco has served as Editor of the journal Chemical Engineering Education, and he has authored nearly 90 peer-reviewed journal papers. He earned his PhD from the Univ. at Buffalo, and spent time in the U.S. Navy. He was also on the faculty of Tennessee Technological Univ.

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