Dr. Suleiman received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then received an MS and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Since then, he has been a Senior Research Engineer for DuPont, where he won the Engineering Excellence Award for his research and technology transfer implementation of a new Lycra® dry spinning process for global operations (e.g., Singapore, Northern Ireland, China, and Brazil). He has also worked for: Exxon-Mobil, Colgate-Palmolive, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, NASA, Penn State, DOD Army Research Labs, University of Washington, and DOE National Lab NETL. He has been a Chemical Engineering faculty at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus (UPRM) for about twenty-five years. During that time he has received numerous awards including: the Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering (1997, 2002, 2013, and 2022), Teaching Excellence Award (1996), the Georgia Tech Outstanding Young Alumni Award (2003), the AIChE Minority Affairs Committee Leadership Award (2004), the PR-LSAMP Outstanding Mentor Award (2004), the Best Teacher in Chemical Engineering Award (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012) and the AIChE MAC Eminent Chemical Engineer Award (2021). He has been Director of the Chemical Engineering Department of UPRM, Director of the Office of Accreditation Assessment and Continuous Improvement for the College of Engineering of UPRM, and Director of the Research and Development Center of UPRM. He has received over $16M in research grants, has graduated 9 PhD and 15 MS students, published over 45 peer-reviewed research publications, and presented over 100 technical presentations at national and international conferences. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Puerto Rico, an ABET Program Evaluator Volunteer (PEV), and an active member of AIChE, where he has held several leadership positions in the Minority Affairs Committee.
Dr. David Suleiman
Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez