Dr. John P. O'Connell

Dr. John P. O'Connell

Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering
University of Virginia

John P. O'Connell is Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia. He has a BA from Pomona College, BS and MS from MIT, and Ph.D. from U. Calif. (Berkeley). He was on the faculty at the University of Florida from 1966 - 1988 including Department Chair from 1981-1985. He was at Virginia from 1988 - 2013 including Department Chair from 1988-1993 and 2001-2002. Professor O'Connell also has been Visiting Scholar or Faculty in Denmark, The Netherlands, New Zealand, and Portugal. He has published more than 140 journal articles and coauthored 5 books including "Properties of Gases and Liquids, 5th Ed." and "Thermodynamics: Fundamentals for Applications". He has presented over 200 invited academic and government seminars and workshops in 18 countries, as well as 35 lectures and workshops to industries in 7 countries. His interests have covered molecular thermodynamic modeling for phase equilibrium and physical properties, especially for process design; molecular simulation of micellar structure and of fluid properties; adsorption and surface diffusion; and most recently, properties modeling for hydrophobic chromatography bioprocessing, thermochemical decomposition of water to manufacture hydrogen, and chemical absorption of CO2.

Professor O'Connell has twice shared the Corcoran Award for Best Paper in Chemical Engineering Education, was part of the team to win the International Fluid Properties Simulation Challenge in 2006, was the ConocoPhillips CHE Education Lecturer at Oklahoma State U. in 2007, and named National Outstanding AIChE Student Chapter Advisor in 1981 and 2013, with his Chapters selected for National Excellence 14 times. He is a Fellow of AAAS and AIChE. He is an Editor of the journal Fluid Phase Equilibria. Among his professional service contributions, he was elected to the AIChE Board of Directors in 2014, was Chair of the AIChE Fellows from 2004 to 2013, he was MPC of the AIChE Annual Meeting in 1989, has been on the International Organizing Committees of the Triennial Conferences on Properties and Phase Equilibria for Product and Process Design for 32 years. John chaired the Publications Board for Chemical Engineering Education from 2005 - 2011 and been an AIChE Future Faculty Mentor since the program's inception. He was a member of several chemical sciences and engineering research and fellowship panels for NSF, NIST, and ASEE.