Michael F. Doherty | AIChE

Michael F. Doherty

Duncan & Suzanne Mellichamp Chair in Process Systems Engineering
University of California Santa Barbara

Michael F. Doherty is Duncan & Suzanne Mellichamp Chair in Process Systems Engineering; Professor of Chemical Engineering, and former Department Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  He received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London in 1973, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Trinity College, University of Cambridge in 1977.  He taught at the Universities of Minnesota and Massachusetts before joining the faculty at UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  His research interests include process systems engineering with particular emphasis on crystal engineering for product & process design, and separation with chemical reaction.  He is co-author (with Prof. Mike Malone) of the textbook, Conceptual Design of Distillation Systems, McGraw-Hill (2001), and is editor of the distillation chapters in the 8th & 9th editions of Perry’s Handbook.  He has received numerous honors and awards for his teaching and research, including the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research, AIChE (2004), and the E. V. Murphree Award ACS (2012) for outstanding research in industrial and engineering chemistry. In 2008 he was named one of the “One Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era” (post 1945) by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  He has served as a consultant and expert witness for many companies and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards for the Royal Dutch Shell Group (2013 – present), The Dow Chemical Company (2000 - 2017), Rhone–Poulenc (1997-1999), and several smaller companies.  At the University of Massachusetts Dr. Doherty was Head of Department from 1988-1997, and at UCSB he served as Department Chair from 2008 to 2013.  He was a Trustee of the CACHE Corporation from 1987-2007, and served as its president from 2000-2002.  He serves as Co-Editor (with Rachel Segalman) of Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – following its founding editor John M. Prausnitz.