Awards

Listed below are winners of all major awards presented at the meeting. Click on the award links to quickly see winners of a specific type of award.

Board of Directors Awards

- AIChE -

F.J. & Dorothy Van Antwerpen Award for Service to the Institute

Maria Burka
National Science Foundation

Dr. Maria K. Burka is the Program Director of the Process and Reaction Engineering (PRE) program in the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET) Division of the National Science Foundation. Her responsibilities include evaluation and management of research and...Read more

Founders Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical Engineering

Stuart Cooper
Ohio State University

Stuart is known worldwide for his fundamental work on phase separation in block polymers, which are responsible for the good mechanical properties of many widely-used polymers such as the polyurethanes used in the high-performance thermoplastic elastomer industry. In 2013, he received the...Read more

Institute Awards

- AIChE -

Allan P. Colburn Award for Excellence in Publications by a Young Member of the Institute

Liangfang Zhang
University of California, San Diego

Prof. Liangfang Zhang received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (UIUC) in 2006 under the supervision of Prof. Steve Granick.

He was a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Prof. Robert Langer at MIT during 2006-2008. He...Read more

Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Alpha Chi Sigma Educational Foundation
Paula Hammond
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Paula T. Hammond is the David H. Koch Chair Professor of Engineering in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, the MIT Energy Initiative, and a founding member of the MIT Institute for...Read more

Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering

Zhenan Bao
Stanford University

Zhenan Bao is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. Prior to joining Stanford in 2004, she was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies from 1995-2004. She has over 350 refereed publications and over 50 US patents with a Google Scholar H-...Read more

Award for Service to Society

Adam Heller
University of Texas-Austin

Adam Heller received his M.Sc. (Chemistry and Physics, 1957) and Ph.D. (Chemistry, 1961) from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, where he studied under E. D. Bergmann. Following postdoctoral work at U.C. Berkeley and at Bell Laboratories, he joined GTE Laboratories, where he became Manager of...Read more

Energy and Sustainability Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Air Products
Frank Zhu
UOP LLC

Frank Zhu, PhD, is a senior fellow at UOP LLC, where he has led innovation efforts to optimize industrial process design and operation to achieve higher energy efficiency and lower capital cost. Before joining UOP, Zhu served as a research professor at the Centre for Process Integration at the...Read more

Engineering and Construction Award

Bechtel Pueblo Team

Industrial Progress Award

Laura Leonard
UOP LLC

Laura Leonard’s work has impacted multiple refining and petrochemicals technologies, with major contributions to light olefin production, clean fuels technology, and integrated refining-petrochemical complexes.

In 2010, Leonard became the senior technology specialist for UOP’s Oleflex...Read more

Industrial Research & Development Award

Van Truskett
Canon Nanotechnologies, Inc

Van Truskett earned her PhD in chemical engineering at Johns Hopkins Univ., where she focused on the patterning of small particles using interfacial flows.

Her work on patterning continues at Canon Nanotechnologies (formerly Molecular Imprints, Inc.), where she has innovated numerous drop...Read more

Industry Leadership Award

Mark Pilling
Sulzer Chemtech USA

Mark Pilling’s responsibilities at Sulzer Chemtech incorporate research and development of high-performance mass-transfer devices, and construction and evaluation of simulations for numerous processes.

He is also responsible for technology transfer within Sulzer Chemtech’s global...Read more

Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology

J. Douglas Way
Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Doug Way is currently Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, where he has been a faculty member since 1993.

He received his chemical engineering education at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Previously, he was a chemical engineering faculty member at...Read more

Lawrence B. Evans Award in Chemical Engineering Practice

Carmo Pereira
Dupont Company

Carmo J. Pereira is Principal Division Consultant (1997-Present) in the Reaction Engineering Group at DuPont Engineering Technology specializing in the design and optimization of reactors and processes. Prior to DuPont, he was a Sr. Research Associate (1982-1997) at W. R. Grace & Co....Read more

Process Operations Award

Stephen Kiorpes

Steve Kiorpes (retired) is recognized for his work at Scientific Design Co. (SD) from 1957 through 1985. SD, which designed, built, and commissioned large and complex chemical process plants, specialized in new and emerging technologies. Kiorpes’ work was a major factor in the company’s success...Read more

R. H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company
Manos Mavrikakis
University of Wisconsin

Manos Mavrikakis is the Paul A. Elfers Professor at the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Manos received his Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, and an MS in Applied Math and a...Read more

Warren K. Lewis Award for Chemical Engineering Education

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company
L. Gary Leal
University of California-Santa Barbara

Leslie Gary Leal is the Warren & Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is known for his research work in the dynamics of complex fluids.

Leal received his B.S. degree from the University of Washington in 1965, M.S...Read more

William H. Walker Award for Excellence in Contributions to Chemical Engineering Literature

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): John Wiley & Sons
Gregory Stephanopoulos
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Gregory Stephanopoulos is the W. H. Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT. After obtaining his chemical engineering doctorate at Univ. of Minnesota, he taught at Caltech before joining MIT in 1985. His research focuses on metabolic engineering — the engineering of microbes to convert them...Read more

SBE Awards

- Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) -

Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): John Wiley & Sons
Ravindra Kane
Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst

Dr. Ravi Kane is the P. K. Lashmet Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at RPI.

Dr. Kane received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with distinction from Stanford University in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 1998. After postdoctoral research in the Department...Read more

D.I.C. Wang Award for Excellence in Biochemical Engineering

Lynn Preston
Lynn Preston is the Deputy Director of the Division of Engineering Education and Centers of the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Leader of the Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Program...Read more

James E. Bailey Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Cytos Biotechnology
Douglas Clark
University of California-Berkeley

Douglas S. Clark is the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Research in the Clark lab is centered in biochemical engineering, with particular emphasis on protein...Read more

Committee Awards

- Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) -

Minority Affairs Committee's Distinguished Service Award

Timothy Odi
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Dr. Timothy O. Odi is an Engineering Fellow at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. He has over 23 years diversified chemical engineering experience in research and development, process engineering, modeling and optimization with two global chemical/petrochemical USA companies, 3 years of...Read more

Minority Affairs Committee's Eminent Chemical Engineers Award

Robert (Bobby) L. Satcher

Dr Robert (Bobby) L. Satcher , earned his BS  and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1993) and his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1994. He was selected for Astronaut training after his Post Doctoral research Fellowship  work at MIT. He flew on...Read more

Babatunde Ogunnaike
University of Delaware

Babatunde A. Ogunnaike joined the UD faculty in 2002 as a professor with appointments in the Department of Chemical Engineering (now the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute’s Center for Systems Biology, after a 13-year research career...Read more

Rosemarie Wesson
The City College of New York

Dr. Rosemarie D. Wesson joined the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2001 as a Visiting Scientist/Engineer on leave from The Dow Chemical Company in Midland Michigan. She is currently Program Director for the Chemical and Biological Separations Program in the...Read more

Minority Affairs Committee's William W. Grimes Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering

Lance Collins
Cornell University, Dean of Engineering

Lance R. Collins, professor and the S.C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell, was named the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2010.

As dean, Collins is the chief academic and...Read more

- Program Committee (PC) -

Institute Lecturer Award

Edward Cussler
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Edward L. Cussler, currently Distinguished Institute Professor at the University of Minnesota, received his B.E. with honors from Yale University in 1961, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1963 and 1965, respectively, working with E. N. Lightfoot...Read more

Division & Forum Awards

- Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division (CRE) -

Catalysis & Reaction Engineering Poster Awards

Tyler Josephson
University of Delaware

CRE Practice Award

Kurt Vandenbussche
UOP LLC

Kurt M. VandenBussche is the R&D director for Materials Characterization at Honeywell's UOP. In this capacity, he oversees the worldwide analytical, characterization and molecular modeling activies for UOP's technology delivery process.

He holds a Masters and PhD degree in...Read more

- Computing & Systems Technology Division (CAST) -

CAST Outstanding Young Researcher Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Air Products
Benoit Chachuat
Imperial College London

Benoit's research interests are in the general area of Process Systems Engineering (PSE), with emphasis on global optimization, optimization-based process control, and numerical computation. His primary research objective is to develop new methods, concepts and tools for the fast and reliable...Read more

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Air Products
Benoit Chachuat
Imperial College London

Benoit's research interests are in the general area of Process Systems Engineering (PSE), with emphasis on global optimization, optimization-based process control, and numerical computation. His primary research objective is to develop new methods, concepts and tools for the fast and reliable...Read more

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Air Products
Mario Eden
Auburn University

Dr. Mario Eden is the Department Chair and Joe T. & Billie Carole McMillan Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University. Dr. Eden is also the Director of an NSF-IGERT Program on Integrated Biorefining. His main areas of expertise include process design,...Read more

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Air Products
Mario Eden
Auburn University

Dr. Mario Eden is the Department Chair and Joe T. & Billie Carole McMillan Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University. Dr. Eden is also the Director of an NSF-IGERT Program on Integrated Biorefining. His main areas of expertise include process design,...Read more

Computing in Chemical Engineering Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Dow Chemical Company
Richard Braatz
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Richard D. Braatz is the Edwin R. Gilliland Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he does research in control theory and its application to chemical and biotechnological systems. He received a BS from Oregon State University and MS and PhD...Read more

David Himmelblau Award for Innovations in Computer-Based Chemical Engineering Education

John Hedengren

John Hedengren is a chemical engineer by training with a B.S. and M.S. degree from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently he is an assistant professor at Brigham Young University in the Chemical Engineer-ing Department. Dr....Read more

John Hedengren

John Hedengren is a chemical engineer by training with a B.S. and M.S. degree from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently he is an assistant professor at Brigham Young University in the Chemical Engineer-ing Department. Dr....Read more

W. David Smith, Jr. Graduate Student Paper Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Process Systems Enterprise, Inc.
Ruth Misener
Imperial College London

- Education Division (EDU) -

Award for Innovation in Chemical Engineering Education

Matthew Liberatore
University of Toledo

Details on my professional activities are available at: http://www.eng.utoledo.edu/~mliberat/Read more

- Environmental Division (ENV) -

Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering

Panagiotis Smirniotis
University of Cincinnati

Panagiotis (Peter) Smirniotis, Ph.D., received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo in 1994. Peter joined the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Cincinnati (UC) in 1994 as...Read more

- Food, Pharmaceutical & Bioengineering Division (FP & BE) -

Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division Award in Chemical Engineering

Kristi Anseth
University of Colorado

Distinguished Professor, Tisone Professor, Associate Professor of Surgery, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Research interests include biomaterials, tissue engineering, photopolymerizations, and degradable polymer networksRead more

- Materials Engineering & Sciences Division (MESD) -

Braskem Award for Excellence in Materials Engineering and Science

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Braskem
Samson Jenekhe

Professor Jenekhe's research is on electroluminescent polymers for displays, self-assembling polymer systems, polymer device engineering, tunable optical polymer systems, and polymer nanophotonics....Read more

Owens Corning Early Career Award

Christopher Ellison
University of Texas-Austin

Christopher J. Ellison is an Assistant Professor, the Frank A. Liddell, Jr. Centennial Faculty Fellow and William H. Tonn Faculty Fellow in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also affiliated with the Texas Materials Institute, the materials...Read more

- Nuclear Engineering Division (NE) -

Robert E. Wilson Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Nuclear Engineering Division (NE)
Bond Calloway
Savannah River National Laboratory

Bond Calloway is an Associate Laboratory Director at the Savannah River National Laboratory, where he leads a team of scientists and engineers conducting energy research. He has more than 30 years of industrial experience in research and development, design, construction, and operation of...Read more

- Process Development Division (PD) -

Process Development Division Student Paper Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Praxair
Mo Jiang
Mo Jiang is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. Mo received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 2015 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) then became a postdoctoral associate/fellow, both with Prof. Richard D. Braatz. Mo's main research interests are in innovative manufacturing and separation processes for uniform (bio)pharmaceutical particles that employ such strategies as controlled micromixing, multiphase flow, and ultrasound. Read more

- Separations Division (SEP) -

Clarence (Larry) G. Gerhold Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): UOP, Inc.
Timothy Frank
The Dow Chemical Co
Tim Frank is a Dow Fellow and Assoc. R&D Director at The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan.  He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Montana State University (1978) and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado – Boulder (1984).  Since joining Dow in...Read more

FRI/John G. Kunesh Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Fractionation Research, Inc. (FRI)
Jeffrey McCutcheon

Professor Jeffrey McCutcheon is the Northeast Utilities Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering Education at the University of Connecticut. He is a faculty member in the Department of Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Engineering and is affiliated with the Center for Environmental...Read more

SEP Founders Award

Andre Da Costa
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Dr. Andre Da Costa has over 27 years of diverse Chemical Engineering experience. He is currently a Process Safety Director with Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Previous positions include: Chemical Engineering Manager with Corning Incorporated; Engineering Manager on a capital improvement...Read more

Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Separations Division (SEP), Award Sponsor(s): Chevron Corporation
Li Xiao
University of Kentucky
Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Separations Division (SEP), Award Sponsor(s): Chevron Corporation
Mo Jiang
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Separations Division (SEP), Award Sponsor(s): Chevron Corporation
Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Separations Division (SEP), Award Sponsor(s): Chevron Corporation
Gautham Madenoor Ramapriya
Purdue University
Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Separations Division (SEP), Award Sponsor(s): Chevron Corporation
Kyle Hart
Dow Chemical Company
Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Separations Division (SEP), Award Sponsor(s): Chevron Corporation
Yuexiao Shen
The Pennsylvania State University

- Transport and Energy Processes Division (TEP) -

Donald Q. Kern Award

Sumanta Acharya

Prof.Sumanta Acharya holds the L. R. Daniel professorship and the Fritz & Francis Blumer professorship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU). He is the founding director of the Center for Turbine Innovation and Energy Research which focuses on energy...Read more

- Computational Molecular Science & Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) -

CoMSEF Impact Award

Clare McCabe
Vanderbilt University

Clare is from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Her 2014 Annual Meeting  Lecture is entitled "Understanding the Self-Assembly of Skin Lipids."Read more

ComSEF Young Investigator Award for Modeling & Simulation

Gregg Beckham
NREL

Gregg is from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO. His 2014 Annual Meeting Lecture is entitled "How the Walls Come Crumbling Down: Elucidating Mechanisms of Cellulose-Active Enzymes Using Molecular Simulation."Read more

- Particle Technology Forum (PTF) -

Ansys Particle Technology Forum Service Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Ansys, Inc.
Christine Hrenya
University of Colorado

Christine Hrenya is principal investigator of the Hrenya Research Group.  Read more

Elsevier Particle Technology Forum Award for Lifetime Achievements

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Elsevier
Karl Jacob
The Dow Chemical Co

Karl V. Jacob is Research Scientist/Technical Leader in Engineering Sciences at The Dow Chemical Company. He is also founder of the Solids Processing Lab at Dow in Midland, Michigan.

For the last three decades, he has worked on a vast array of particle technology problems, with particular...Read more

George Klinzing Best PhD Award

Asep Nandiyanto
Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia

Asep Bayu Dani Nandiyanto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. He received B.Eng (2005) in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Institut Teknologi Bandung. He received M. Eng. (2008) and Dr. Eng. (2011) in the Department of Chemistry...Read more

PSRI Lectureship Award in Fluidization

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Particulate Solid Research, Inc.
Christine Hrenya
University of Colorado

Christine Hrenya is principal investigator of the Hrenya Research Group.  Read more

Shell Thomas Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Shell Global Solutions
Jennifer Sinclair Curtis
Jennifer Sinclair Curtis is Dean of Engineering at the University of California, Davis.Read more

- North American Mixing Forum (NAMF) -

NAMF Forum Award

Minye Liu
Chemours Company

Minye Liu is a principal consultant in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and mixing at Chemours. Previously, he worked for DuPont, Procter & Gamble Co.; Cray Research, Inc., and subsequently Silicon Graphics, Inc.; and the Center for Computer Aids for Industrial Productivity at Rutgers Univ...Read more

- Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF) -

Sustainable Engineering Forum Education Award

Helen Lou
Lamar University
 

Helen H. Lou is a Professor in the Dan F. Smith Department of Chemical Engineering at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.  She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Zhejiang University, Hang Zhou, China (1993). Then she worked four years in SinoPec Luoyang Petrochemical Engineering...Read more

Sustainable Engineering Forum Research Award

Phillip Savage

Phillip Savage has been on the Michigan faculty since 1986.  He earned a B.S. from Penn State and M.Ch.E. and PhD degrees from the University of Delaware.  Phil’s research and teaching focus on the rates, mechanisms, and engineering of chemical reactions that move us toward a more...Read more

Vasilios Manousiouthakis
UCLA

Dr. Manousiouthakis received his Diploma, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees all in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1981) and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1985, 1986) respectively. Dr. Manousiouthakis has over 100 refereed journal publications, 2 patents,...Read more

Sustainable Engineering Forum Student Paper Award

Shweta Singh
Purdue University

- Pharmaceutical Discovery, Development and Manufacturing Forum (PD2M) -

AIChE PD2M Award for Excellence in Integrated QbD Practice

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Merck & Company, Inc.
Stephen Conway
Merck & Co

- Nanoscale Science & Engineering Forum (NSEF) -

Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): ALD NanoSolutions, Inc.
Lynden Archer
Cornell University

Lynden Archer joined the Cornell faculty in 2000. He was appointed director of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2010. Since 2008 he has served as co-director of the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability.

His research focuses on transport properties...Read more

NSEF Young Investigator Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): ALD NanoSolutions, Inc.
Alireza Khademhosseini
Harvard-MIT Div of Health Sci & Tech

Ali Khademhosseini is an Associate Professor at Harvard-MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) as well as an Associate Faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired engineering.  He is also a Junior...Read more

Local Section Awards

- Local Sections Committee (LSC) -

Shining Star Award

Paul Fanning

Paul E. Fanning, Ph.D., P.E., is a Development Associate in the Chemical Process Development Group at Eastman Chemical Company. Before arriving in Tennessee in March 2008, Paul was employed by Union Carbide Corporation (now a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company), where he was a Senior R&D...Read more

East Tennessee Local Section
Daniel Sujo
Inolex, Inc.

Daniel Sujo is currently a process engineer at Inolex, Co. located in Philadelphia, PA. In this role, he is tasked with revamping and optimizing the current manufacturing and management systems.

A native of Torreon, Mexico, Daniel attended the ...Read more

Delaware Valley Local Section
Jimmy Orr

Jimmy Orr has worked 40+ years in the Gulf Coast Chemical Industry. His experience includes Plant Operations, Process Research, Project Management, and detailed Process Design. Jimmy is an expert in the design & management of small in-plant improvement projects.

He is a graduate from...Read more

Baton Rouge Local Section
Robert Reintjes
Ichthyologists Local Section