(274a) Howard Littman and the Belgrade School of Fluidization

Vunjak-Novakovic, G., Columbia University

Howard Littman and the Belgrade School of Fluidization

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Columbia University and Stevan Jovanovic, The Linde Group

In 1970s, Howard Littman came to the Belgrade University’s Department of Chemical Engineering as a Fulbright Professor, to leave one of the most remarkable legacies in the field of multiphase transport and fluidized systems. His collaboration with Professor Vukovic, who was a mentor to many of us involved in fluidization research, resulted in a long-term NSF-funded research that yielded numerous publications describing new theory and reporting new data. This work transformed some of the existing paradigms and became known as the Belgrade School of Fluidization. We reflect here on the intellectual leadership of Professor Littman to this new direction of work, and his generous support of this important effort. We will wrap up our presentation by highlighting the personal legacy Professor Littman has created by his ultimate moral integrity and his enduring compassion for others.