Prof. Dibakar Bhattacharyya (DB) is the University of Kentucky Alumni Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director of Center of Membrane Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and North American Membrane Society. DB has forged a successful career over 50 years as a chemical engineering professor and researcher fueled by his serious interest in creating clean water through advanced membranes and other separation technologies. He has been involved in the AIChE Separations Division since the founding days. His 230+ refereed publications (including 36 book chapters, and two books), and nine U.S. patents in the area of functionalized membranes and water detoxification have made him a renowned authority in the area of membrane and hybrid technology based, water, water reuse, and pollutant separation activities. He has received many highly prestigious awards (such as, AICHE Gerhold and Cecil awards, Sturgill award, etc.). DB is also a highly dedicated teacher, and he received the highest education award “University of Kentucky Great Teacher Award” in three different decades (1984, 1996, and 2008). DB’s service to the separation science community is enormous.