Lance R. Collins | AIChE

Lance R. Collins

Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering
Cornell University

Professor Lance R. Collins is the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at Cornell University.  Prior to that he served as the S. C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from 2005-2010, and he was Director of Graduate Studies for Aerospace Engineering 2003-2005.  He joined Cornell in 2002, following 11 years as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University.  In 2011, He was part of the Cornell leadership team that successfully bid to partner with New York City to build a new campus on Roosevelt Island focused on innovation and commercialization in the tech sector.  Professor Collins’ research combines simulation and theory to investigate a broad range of turbulent flow processes. In 2007 he was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2014 he received the William Grimes Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and in 2015 he was elected a fellow of the AIChE and also received the AIChE’s first-ever Pioneers of Diversity Award.  He has served as vice chair, chair and past chair of the US National Committee on Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, 2008-2014.  He has also served as vice chair of the Division of Fluid Dynamics for the American Physical Society, 2014-2015. Professor Collins earned his B.S.E. in 1981 at Princeton University and his M.S. in 1983 and his Ph.D. in 1987 at the University of Pennsylvania, all in Chemical Engineering.