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

Subhas Sikdar

Subhas Sikdar graduated with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1975, and after 41 years of service in various capacities, recently retired from the US Environmental Protection Agency, as the Associate Director for Science of the National Risk Management Research...Read more

Founders Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical Engineering

William F. Banholzer

In the fall of 2013 Banholzer joined the University of Wisconsin following a 30-year career in industrial research.  At UW Banholzer has appointments in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, Chemistry Department, the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery, and...Read more

Institute Awards

- AIChE -

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

George W. Huber

George W. Huber is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. George is developing new processes to make renewable fuels and chemicals. He is co-founder of Anellotech, a biofuel company focused on catalytic fast pyrolysis a technology to convert...Read more

Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Alpha Chi Sigma Educational Foundation

Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering

Orlin D. Velev

Dr. Orlin Velev is an INVISTA chaired professor at NC State University. He has contributed more than 200 publications and has presented more than 230 invited presentations. Velev has been elected to an ACS Fellow and MRS Fellow and has received numerous national awards. He has established a...Read more

Award for Service to Society

Neil Yeoman
Neil Yeoman is a 2001 retiree from Koch-Glitsch, LP and a chemical engineering enthusiast. For almost all of his 15 years with Koch, from early 1986 until his successor was hired shortly before his retirement, Neil was the company’s Director of Research and Development. Among other things he did at Koch, Neil was the inventor and/or developer, or one of the inventor / developers of Flexeramic® (ceramic) structured packing, HcKp™ high capacity random packing, Fleximax® high performance random packing, the MaxFrac® high capacity tray, the BiFrac® high capacity tray, Flexipac® HC™ super high capacity structured packing, and KG’s unique then state-of-the-art vapor distribution technology.Read more

Energy and Sustainability Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Air Products
3M Dual Brightness Enhancement Team

Industrial Progress Award

Donald E. Owens III

​Don Owens joined SABIC in 2011 as a Lead Scientist in Process Technology and Innovation (T&I), where he was responsible for new process design, optimization, and scale-up, including the successful commercialization of a novel ultra-fine polyetherimide powder product in 2013.

Don then...Read more

Industrial Research & Development Award

Industry Leadership Award

Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology

Phillip R. Westmoreland

Phillip R. Westmoreland is Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State Univ. (NCSU) and Executive Director of the NCSU Institute for Computational Science and Engineering. His chemical engineering degrees are from NCSU (BS, 1973), Louisiana State Univ. (MS, 1974),...Read more

Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement by a Woman Chemical Engineer

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Pfizer
Frances Hamilton Arnold
Frances Arnold is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at Caltech, where her research focuses on protein engineering by directed evolution, with applications in alternative energy, chemicals, and medicine. Dr. Arnold pioneered the ‘directed evolution’ of proteins, mimicking Darwinian evolution in the laboratory to create new biological molecules. Her laboratory has developed protein evolution methods that are used widely in industry and basic science to engineer proteins with new and useful properties. Read more

R. H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company

Warren K. Lewis Award for Chemical Engineering Education

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company
G.V. Rex Reklaitis
Gintaras.V. (Rex) Reklaitis is Burton and Kathryn Gedge Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. He has served as Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and deputy director of the NSF Engineering Research Center on Structured Organic Particulate Systems. His expertise lies in process systems engineering, the application of information and computing technologies to process and product design, process operations and supply chain management.Read more

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

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): John Wiley & Sons

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
Huimin Zhao
Huimin Zhao joined the University of Illinois in 2000 and is currently the Steven L. Miller Chair in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He also holds appointments in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics and bioengineering and is leader of the Biosystems Design theme at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.Read more

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

James E. Bailey Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Cytos Biotechnology
Antonios G. Mikos
Antonios G. Mikos is the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University.Read more

Committee Awards

- Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) -

Minority Affairs Committee's Eminent Chemical Engineers Award

Felecia Nave
Dr. Felecia Diane McInnis Nave, Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Prairie View A&M University and is presently a member of the Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty.Read more
Alicia Boler Davis
Alicia Boler-Davis was named executive vice president, General Motors Global Manufacturing in June, 2016. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Team at GM. In her new role, Boler-Davis will report to GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, and will lead 180,000 employees at 171 facilities in 31 countries.Read more
Timothy O. Odi
Dr. Timothy O. Odi is an Engineering Fellow at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. He has over 25 years diversified chemical engineering experience in research and development, process engineering, modeling and optimization with two global chemical/petrochemical USA companies, 3 years of university teaching and 1 year of industrial training with petroleum refinery and oxygen plant. His current work involves modeling and process engineering support of olefin and polyolefin manufacturing technologies. Read more

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

Lola Eniola-Adefeso
Dr. Omolola Eniola-Adefeso is currently a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Since her arrival at Michigan, Dr. Eniola-Adefeso has received several honors and awards including the NSF CAREER Award, Lloyd Ferguson Young Investigator Award, American Heart Association Innovator Award, and the American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant.Read more

- Program Committee (PC) -

John M. Prausnitz AIChE Institute Lecturer Award

G.V. Rex Reklaitis
Gintaras.V. (Rex) Reklaitis is Burton and Kathryn Gedge Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. He has served as Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and deputy director of the NSF Engineering Research Center on Structured Organic Particulate Systems. His expertise lies in process systems engineering, the application of information and computing technologies to process and product design, process operations and supply chain management.Read more

Program Committee's Leadership Award for Innovations in Green Process Engineering

Suojiang Zhang

Suojiang Zhang is Professor and Director General of Institute of Process Engineering (IPE), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Member of CAS, Director of Beijing Key Laboratory of Ionic Liquids Clean Process, and Director of the Professional Committee of Chinese Chemical Society Ionic Liquids and Green Engineering.Read more

Program Committee's Professional Achievement Award for Innovations in Green Process Engineering

Arthur Ragauskas
Arthur Ragauskas held the first Fulbright Chair in Alternative Energy and is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Academy of Wood Science and TAPPI.Read more

Program Committee's Young Investigator Award for Innovations in Green Process Engineering

Ning Sun
Dr. Ning Sun is a research scientist at Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).She leads the Catalysis and Analytical team in ABPDU to work with industrial partners, national labs and academia collaborators on projects involving biomass conversion, product recovery, protein purification, and related analytics.Read more

- Young Professionals Committee (YPC) -

AIChE's 35 Under 35 Award

Meagan Lewis

Meagan Lewis is a Product Line Manager in the Catalyst, Adsorbents, and Specialties group at UOP, a Honeywell Co. She works closely with UOP’s manufacturing plants, sales team, and development groups to ensure on-time delivery and quality products for the olefins, detergents, and SPA product...Read more

Rebekah Scheuerle

I lead technical development for JustMilk (501(c)3), a US-based non-profit developing a device that delivers medicines or nutrients to infants during breastfeeding. The project aims to increase access to paediatric medicines globally, by providing a hygienic and accurate drug delivery system...Read more

David Holt

I routinely assist clients in all aspects of intellectual property protection, including patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution. In addition to my IP practice, I spend a significant amount of time involved in general litigation matters, including in the areas of product liability, business...Read more

Akash Narani

It’s not every day that chemical engineers make the front page. Narani and his colleagues, however, made a splash in the Havre Daily News (the newspaper of the town where he had his first job) for developing a novel process to convert plant-based oils into jet fuel and other valuable chemicals...Read more

Eun Ji Chung

Chung keeps her personal and professional goals in focus. As an undergrad, she explains, “I wanted to pursue a field that could help human health and patients.” Now she is doing just that as an assistant professor in the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at the USC, where her research group...Read more

William Liechty

Working on research projects during his undergraduate career put Liechty on the front line of innovation, and he hasn’t left. Now, as an associate research scientist in the food, pharmaceutical, and medical business at Dow, he is focusing on commercializing cellulose-based polymers with novel...Read more

Dawud Tan

Managing family and professional life is a challenge — particularly for Tan, who had to decide between going back to Indonesia to be closer to his family after earning his undergraduate degree in the U.S., or staying and pursuing his doctoral degree. A research specialist at 3M, Tan is happy he...Read more

Owen Jappen

A senior process engineer at Evonik focusing on process optimization as well as new process development for superabsorbent polymers, Jappen highlights sustainability and responsible energy consumption as important aspects of his job. On the behalf of Evonik, he recently entered a competition in...Read more

Bihter Padak

Through her research, Padak is working to curb the environmental impact of generating electricity from fossil fuels, focusing on emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and trace metals. She sees her research group’s work applying to oxy-combustion of coal, chemical looping...Read more

Lane Daley

Lane wants to live in a world where engineers are empowered to manufacture innovative products that change the way the world operates. As a chemical engineer and a project manager, she has led cross-functional teams to resolve production problems at an Estonian manufacturing site and she has led...Read more

Ali Mesbah

Mesbah wants to make his mark on society through his research. An assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Univ. of California, Berkeley, he develops advanced computational tools for systems analysis and advanced control of novel chemical and biomolecular engineering...Read more

Betul Bilgin

Imagine being thrown into teaching a senior design course two weeks into the semester with no course materials or prior experience teaching the course — and on top of that, your school’s accreditation is being evaluated. This is the seemingly insurmountable challenge Bilgin was faced with during...Read more

Matthew Webber

An assistant professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Dept. and the Chemistry and Biochemistry Dept. at the Univ. of Notre Dame, Webber is working to advance therapeutic strategies rooted in molecular engineering toward clinical applications that impact human health. “I would love...Read more

Ellen Kloppenborg

Ellen Kloppenborg is currently a specialist in the Process Design Development group at Honeywell UOP. Ellen has worked at UOP for the past seven years, in which she has held prior roles in Field Services, Technology Services and Development, covering various technologies in the refining and...Read more

Ankur Pariyani

Ankur Pariyani, PhD is Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Near-Miss Management LLC (, where he focuses on product development and innovation (Phone: 267-603-2378; Email: pariyani@...Read more

Cole DeForest

With a lengthy list of accomplishments and awards to his name, DeForest is an achiever who regularly sets his sights on the highest peaks and surmounts them. An assistant professor in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at the Univ. of Washington, he teaches classes on reactor design, polymer...Read more

Jeffrey Millman

An assistant professor of medicine and biomedical engineering at Washington Univ. School of Medicine in St. Louis, Millman is “genuinely excited to wake up and go to work every morning.” He credits this verve to his students and trainees who “show me something new — important scientific...Read more

Christina Borgese

Christina Borgese is Director of Engineering and Development at PreProcess, Inc., a process development, engineering, and program leadership firm that delivers customized technical solutions to entrepreneurs.  Focused on first of their kind chemical processes, Christina and her team scale...Read more

Kendall Werts

Kendall works in process safety and risk analysis for the petrochemical industry. She enjoys working with different types of people to keep the industry as safe as possible.

Her background includes working in process safety for LNG export, liquefaction, storage, and transfer operations;...Read more

Christoph Krumm

Accomplishing a dream can stop you in your tracks, which is where Krumm found himself when he learned his startup, Sironix Renewables, had received its first bit of funding. Years of coursework and research had led him to this standstill, but only for a moment. He hopes to grow the small company...Read more

Dr. Camille Petit

Dr. Camille Petit has recently taken a post as a lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, London. Prior she was a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Earth and Environmental Engineering Department at the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy Columbia University from 2011-2013. She holds...Read more

Ashlee Ford Versypt

Ford Versypt has been teaching since she was an undergraduate, through tutoring, informal teaching, and outreach. A course called College Teaching and Academic Careers during graduate school was a significant influence on her, and now she is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at...Read more

Francesca Mirri

Mirri was awarded both the best engineering thesis award and the best invention award in 2016 from Rice Univ. for her work on carbon nanotube solutions for lightweight, electrically conductive materials. “I was able to turn an original idea into an innovative product,” she says. She remains at...Read more

Donna Bryant

Youth hasn’t stunted Bryant’s career trajectory. As the youngest superintendent Syngenta’s St. Gabriel Plant has ever had, she leads a 26-person unit that treats the wastewater streams for the entire plant and removes the remaining waste from the site. She cites a research role, internships, and...Read more

Ahmed Youssef

Leading a global and diverse team to execute the technology roadmap for SABIC’s acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) product line and helping to move research projects for new process technologies from the lab into commercial operation keeps Youssef busy. As lead scientist at SABIC, he...Read more

Lucas Landherr

Open a chemical engineering textbook and the only visuals you’re likely to find are graphs, charts, and diagrams. Landherr, an assistant teaching professor in the Chemical Engineering Dept. at Northeastern Univ., is working to change that and make chemical engineering more accessible to all. He...Read more

Nemoy Rau

Nemoy is a Big Data and unstructured search algorithm expert holding many patents in different Big Data applications, database management, computing, algorithms, and manufacturing.  He is a serial entrepreneur with a history of starting multiple disruptive ventures with high growth

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Ben Freireich

Ben Freireich is the Technical Director at Particulate Solid Research, Inc. (PSRI) and previously a Research Scientist in Engineering Sciences at The Dow Chemical Company in the Solids Processing Lab.  He obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University studying manufacturing...Read more

Ruth Misener

As a lecturer and researcher in the Dept. of Computing at Imperial College London, Misener leads an interdisciplinary team of process systems engineers, computer scientists, and mathematicians. Her research group develops numerical optimization algorithms and computational software for...Read more

Elizabeth Carter
Beth Carter is a Technology Specialist in Refining Development at Honeywell UOP, responsible for leading new product delivery teams for development of process, catalyst, and equipment related to naphtha production.Read more
Nastassja Lewinski

My research focuses on bridging the gulf between the rapidly increasing number of complex nanostructures and our understanding of the toxicity and biodistribution of these nanostructures by developing new techniques to detect, measure, control, and predict their pharmacokinetics. I am an early...Read more

Sheena Reeves

While her friends graduated and started families, Reeves made the tough decision to further her education — a decision she’s glad she made. As a 2016 nominee for teacher of the year in the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering at Prairie View A&M Univ., it would seem her students are happy,...Read more

Rajamani Gounder

Learning that chemical engineering “was among the most demanding undergraduate majors” was a reason for Gounder to pursue the degree, not shy away from it. An undergraduate research project sparked his interest in catalysis and academia, and positioned him to become an assistant professor of...Read more

Holly Murphy

Murphy is a confections performance analyst at Mondelez — a company that produces some familiar snack foods. She was drawn to chemical engineering because of the various professional pathways it offers, which she’s taken advantage of, choosing food and beverage over more traditional paths....Read more

Bala Chaitanya Gottimukkala

Looking down at his wet shirt, stained black, Gottimukkala’s future in process safety was destined. His shirt was wet from the rain, but the black stains were from an explosion started by a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) leak at a refinery in his hometown in India that killed 20. This incident...Read more

Division & Forum Awards

- Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division (CRE) -

Catalysis & Reaction Engineering Poster Awards

Rui Li
Behnam Partopour
Louisiana State University
Rui Li
Behnam Partopour
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

CRE Practice Award

John Monnier
John Monnier is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina since 2004 after retirement from 32 years in industry with Eastman Kodak and Eastman Chemical Research Laboratories.Read more

- Computing & Systems Technology Division (CAST) -

CAST Outstanding Young Researcher Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Air Products
Michael Baldea
Michael Baldea is Associate Professor and Frank A. Liddell, Jr. Centennial Fellow in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his Diploma and MSc degrees from “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and his PhD from the University of Minnesota, all in Chemical Engineering.Read more

Computing in Chemical Engineering Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Dow Chemical Company
Prodromos Daoutidis
Prodromos Daoutidis is College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor and Executive Officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota.Read more

Computing Practice Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): AspenTech, Award Sponsor(s): ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company
Rahul Bindlish
Dr. Rahul Bindlish has been leading the technology development and implementation of model predictive controllers, on-line optimizers and scheduling applications for the last eighteen years in different businesses at The Dow Chemical Company.Read more

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

Jason Bara
Jason E. Bara is an Associate Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of Alabama. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Colorado at Boulder.Read more

W. David Smith, Jr. Graduate Student Paper Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Process Systems Enterprise, Inc.
Srinivas Rangarajan
Srinivas is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Lehigh University.Read more

- Education Division (EDU) -

Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Research

Margot Vigeant
Professor Margot Vigeant, Robert L. Rooke Professor in Engineering at Bucknell University, has been successful and influential in obtaining significant external funding to study and improve engineering education.Read more

Award for Innovation in Chemical Engineering Education

Anthony Butterfield
Dr. Anthony Butterfield received his BS and PhD from the University of Utah and his MS degree from the University of California, San Diego, each in the field of chemical engineering. Dr. Butterfield has been a faculty member at the University of Utah for seven years, and currently serves as a board member of ASEE's Chemical Engineering Division.Read more

Award for Service to Chemical Engineering Education

Donald Visco

Dr. Donald P. Visco, Jr is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University. As an educator, Visco has won a variety of awards including the National Outstanding Teaching Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) , as well as the Fahien Award from...Read more

- Environmental Division (ENV) -

Environmental Division Early Career Award

Fengqi You
Fengqi You is the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor at Cornell University, and is affiliated with the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, and the Systems Engineering Program.Read more

Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering

JoAnn Slama Lighty

Dr. JoAnn Slama Lighty serves as the Dean of the College of Engineering at Boise State University, where she is also a Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. Prior to this appointment at Boise State University, she was on faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the...Read more

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

Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division Award in Chemical Engineering

David Schaffer
David Schaffer is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering, and Neuroscience at University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as the Director of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center.Read more

Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division Distinguished Service Award in Chemical Engineering

Georges Belfort

Georges Belfort holds the endowed “Institute Chair” of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute since 2011. He was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2003 and chosen as one of the “100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era” as part of the AIChE Centennial Celebration.Read more

- Management Division (MGT) -

Management Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Dow Chemical Company
Robert L. Zeller III
Dr. Zeller is the Director of Technology at Occidental Chemical Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has 28 years with the company. He completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Akron and earned his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, all in Chemical Engineering.Read more

- Materials Engineering & Sciences Division (MESD) -

Braskem Award for Excellence in Materials Engineering and Science

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Braskem
Shaoyi Jiang
Professor Jiang received his Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University in 1993 under Profs. Keith Gubbins and John Zollweg. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley between 1993 and 1994 with Prof. Kenneth S. Pitzer and a research fellow at California Institute of Technology between 1994 and 1996 with Prof. William A. Goddard, III both in chemistry. He is currently the Boeing-Roundhill Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle.Read more

Owens Corning Early Career Award

Rodney Priestley
Rodney D. Priestley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University. His research interests include polymer glasses, nanoconfined polymer dynamics, polymer thin film and nanoparticle formation, MAPLE and responsive polymers.Read more

- Nuclear Engineering Division (NE) -

Robert E. Wilson Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Nuclear Engineering Division (NE)
Dan Lambert

Dan Lambert is a Fellow Engineer at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL; Aiken, SC), where he specializes in process development for stabilizing high-level radioactive waste generated from nuclear weapons production.

He received his BS in chemical engineering from Ohio State Univ...Read more

- Process Development Division (PD) -

Excellence in Process Development Research Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Pfizer
Massimo Morbidelli
Massimo Morbidelli received his Laurea in Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano and PhD at the University of Notre Dame. He is currently Professor of Chemical Reaction Engineering at the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering at ETH Zurich (Switzerland). His main research interest is currently in the area of integrated continuous up and downstream processes for the purification of therapeutic proteins, their PEGylation reactions and other processes of interest in the pharmaceutical industry.Read more

Process Development Division Student Paper Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Praxair
Honglin Qu
Mr. Honglin Qu currently is a Ph.D. candidate in the Dan F. Smith Department of Chemical Engineering at Lamar University and he is advised by Professor Qiang Xu. Prior to joining Lamar University. His main research focuses on process development and optimization, and supply chain optimization. Read more

- Separations Division (SEP) -

Clarence (Larry) G. Gerhold Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): UOP, Inc.
Andrew Zydney
Dr. Andrew L. Zydney is currently Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, having served as Head of that Department from 2004-2014. Professor Zydney received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale in 1980 and his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1985. He was a faculty member in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Delaware from 1985 - 2001. Professor Zydney's research is focused on membranes and bioprocessing, with a particular emphasis on the development of membrane systems for the purification of high value biological products.Read more

FRI/John G. Kunesh Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Fractionation Research, Inc. (FRI)
Jeffrey Rimer
Jeffrey Rimer is the Ernest J. and Barbara M. Henley Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston. Rimer received B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and Allegheny College, respectively.Read more

Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Separations Division (SEP), Award Sponsor(s): Chevron Corporation
Ketki Behere
Ketki Behere recently graduated from the PhD program at Chemical Engineering Department in UMass Lowell in May 2017. Her research focused on chromatography resin performance in continuous biomanufacturing of monoclonal antibodies.Read more
Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Separations Division (SEP), Award Sponsor(s): Chevron Corporation
Thomas Linder
Thomas Linder is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Separation Science and Technology, at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Thomas has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Chemical and Biological Engineering also from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.Read more
Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Separations Division (SEP), Award Sponsor(s): Chevron Corporation
Shankul Vartak
Shankul Vartak is a doctoral candidate in the Myerson Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. His research focuses on continuous crystallization with nanofiltration and impurity complexation.Read more
Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Separations Division (SEP), Award Sponsor(s): Chevron Corporation
Dongzhu Wu
Dongzhu Wu is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree at The Ohio State University (OSU) under the supervision of Dr. W.S. Winston Ho for the development of novel membrane technology for gas separation and water purification. He graduated from the University of Southern California, with a MS degree in Chemical Engineering in 2012, and Zhejiang University of Technology, China, with a BS degree in 2010.Read more
Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Separations Division (SEP), Award Sponsor(s): Chevron Corporation
Maqsud Chowdhury
Maqsud Chowdhury moved to the USA in 2012 after working for Chevron Corporation in Bangladesh for two years as a process engineer. He graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with five successive Dean’s list awards.Read more
Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Separations Division (SEP), Award Sponsor(s): Chevron Corporation
Efrem Braun
Efrem Braun is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UC Berkeley. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with two bachelors degrees: one from the School of Engineering & Applied Science with a major in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and another from the Wharton School with a concentration in Operations and Information Management.Read more
Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Separations Division (SEP), Award Sponsor(s): Chevron Corporation
Michael Manto
Michael J. Manto graduated from Lehigh University in 2014 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. As a doctoral candidate working in the laboratory of Dr. Chao Wang, Michael's research focuses on developing advanced nanomaterials for the production and recovery of nitrogen and phosphorus.Read more
Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Separations Division (SEP), Award Sponsor(s): Chevron Corporation
Jennifer Weidman
Jennifer Weidman is a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from West Virginia University in 2011.Read more

Separations Division Innovation Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Separations Division (SEP)
Linda Shi Cheng
Dr. Linda Shi Cheng is currently the R&D Director for Materials Characterization Group at Honeywell UOP. She has over 22 years of work experience at Honeywell UOP, a company that is renowned for innovative technologies that serve the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. She has applied her separation expertise to bring significant advances in petrochemical technology, which has led to tremendous commercial impact, worldwide recognition as well as 15 U.S. patents.Read more

- Transport and Energy Processes Division (TEP) -

Donald Q. Kern Award

Afshin J. Ghajar
Afshin J. Ghajar is Regents Professor and John Brammer Professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA and a Honorary Professor of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. all in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. His expertise is in experimental heat transfer/fluid mechanics and development of practical engineering correlations.Read more

- Computational Molecular Science & Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) -

CoMSEF Impact Award

M. Scott Shell
Prof. M. Scott Shell is Professor and Vice Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara. Prof. Shell’s group develops novel molecular simulation, multiscale modeling, and statistical thermodynamic approaches to address problems in contemporary biophysics and soft condensed matter.Read more

ComSEF Young Investigator Award for Modeling & Simulation

Christopher E. Wilmer
Christopher Wilmer's research focuses on the use of large-scale molecular simulations to help find promising materials for energy and environmental applications. He is the principal investigator of the Hypothetical Materials Lab at the University of Pittsburgh.Read more

- Particle Technology Forum (PTF) -

Ansys Particle Technology Forum Service Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Ansys, Inc.
Liang-Shih (L.-S.) Fan
Liang-Shih Fan is a Distinguished University C J Easton Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Ohio State University. His research group is engaged in fundamental and applied research in the areas including fluidization and multiphase flow, particulate reaction engineering, and particle technology.Read more

Dow Particle Processing Recognition Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Dow Chemical Company
Timothy Healy

Timothy M. Healy holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from The Georgia Institute of Technology.  Upon completing his PhD, Timothy joined ExxonMobil Research and Engineering as part of the Chemical Engineering Technology section as a specialist in single-...Read more

Elsevier Particle Technology Forum Award for Lifetime Achievements

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Elsevier
Alan Weimer

Dr. Weimer is H.T. Sears Memorial Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at CU-Boulder and is a world recognized expert in fluid-particle processing. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and is named inventor on 24 issued and eight pending U.S. Patents. Prior to...Read more

George Klinzing Best PhD Award

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

PSRI Lectureship Award in Fluidization

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Particulate Solid Research, Inc.
Marc-Olivier Coppens

Marc-Olivier Coppens is Ramsay Memorial Chair and Head of Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL, since 2012, after academic posts at Rensselaer, USA, and TU Delft, Netherlands (1998-2006), where he became Professor in 2001. He holds chemical engineering degrees (1993; PhD 1996) from Ghent...Read more

Sabic Young Professional Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): SABIC Technology Center
Jia Wei Chew
Jia started with fluidization as she worked at PSRI as part of her dissertation. Her performance is exceptional, with her results and insights causing us to question some “well-established” methods. She wrote twelve peer-reviewed publications from the research acquired during her brief stay at PSRI. Her research efforts discerned particle segregation, cluster formation and stability in riser hydrodynamics, providing the most complete data for a large circulating fluidized bed.Read more

Shell Thomas Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Shell Global Solutions
Jeffrey Morris
Jeff is an acknowledged leader worldwide on fluid-particle systems, widely recognized for his theoretical contributions as well as using numerical simulations to address challenging problems in suspension mechanics. In his own group and collaboration, Jeff has produced results on phenomena in suspension flows and new experimental approaches for these problems.Read more

- North American Mixing Forum (NAMF) -

NAMF Forum Award

Richard K. Grenville
Richard Grenville is Director of Mixing Technology at Philadelphia Mixing Solutions and Adjunct Professor at Rowan University and the University of Delaware. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of mixing.Read more

- Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF) -

Sustainable Engineering Forum Research Award

Fengqi You
Fengqi You is the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor at Cornell University, and is affiliated with the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, and the Systems Engineering Program.Read more

Sustainable Engineering Forum Student Paper Award

Chandni Joshi
Chandni Joshi is a first year Chemical Engineering Ph.D. student at the University of Kentucky. Her primary research interests include sustainable development and appropriate technology based applications in underdeveloped regions for generation of reliable, alternative sources of energy.Read more
Majid Moradi-Aliabadi
Majid Moradi-Aliabadi received his B.S. (2008) in chemical engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, and his M.S. (2011) in chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. In chemical industry, he worked for two years as a process engineer.Read more
Jiyao Gao
Jiyao Gao is a fourth-year PhD student working with Prof. Fengqi You in the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. He has a broad research interest in supply chain optimizations, particularly in shale gas supply chains.Read more

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AIChE PD2M Award for Excellence in Integrated QbD Practice

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): Merck & Company, Inc.
Jasmine Rowe
Bristol-Myers Squibb

- Nanoscale Science & Engineering Forum (NSEF) -

NSEF Young Investigator Award

Award Sponsor(s): Award Sponsor(s): ALD NanoSolutions, Inc.
William A. Tisdale

Will Tisdale joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT in 2012, where he is the Charles & Hilda Roddey Career Development Associate Professor. His research program is focused on the development of nanoscale semiconductor materials for use in next-generation energy technologies.Read more

Local Section Awards

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Shining Star Award

Louis Felice
The Hershey Co
Susquehanna Local Section
Timothy Wallace
Jedson Engineering
Eastern North Carolina Local Section
Gary Prager
North Jersey Local Section
Peter Schwalbenberg
Inolex, Inc.

A Young Professional in the field of Chemical Engineering with a background in materials science, equipment troubleshooting and scale-up operations of batch processes. Experience in materials research, petrochemical plant hazard and operability studies, and cosmetic ingredient manufacturing....Read more

Delaware Valley Local Section
Michael Gentilcore
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceutical

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Bruce Holden
The Dow Chemical Company

Retired from The Dow Chemical Company in 2016. Research on and engineering of separation processes: distillation, scrubbing, liquid-liquid extraction, adsorption, membranes, melt crystallization, mist elimination, process simulation, phase equilibria. Coauthor of Section 15 - Liquid-Liquid...Read more

Mid-Michigan Local Section