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December
2018

Each year, AIChE and its many entities present dozens of awards — recognizing accomplishments and contributions across the spectrum of chemical engineering expertise and endeavors. As 2018 draws to a close, AIChE and CEP are presenting this retrospective of the year in AIChE awards. CEP encourages readers and AIChE members to join with the Institute in recognizing the achievements of our chemical engineering colleagues by participating in AIChE’s honors programs as nominators, award committee participants, or as prospective award candidates.

Details for all the awards — including eligibility criteria, nomination instructions, and rosters of past recipients — can be found at www.aiche.org/awards.

This supplement is made possible by the AIChE Foundation

This compilation is based on award-recipient information submitted by AIChE entities as of October 1, 2018. Due to space limitations, it does not include most undergraduate awards (e.g., scholarships), poster competition prizes, travel grants, programming grants, or recipients of division and forum undergraduate competition prizes; those awards are listed on the pertinent AIChE web pages.

Board of Directors’ Awards

Board of Directors’ Awards honor members for major career achievements, impact on society and the profession, and service to the Institute. Nominations for the BOD Awards are received from the chemical engineering community and are reviewed and selected by AIChE’s Executive Committee.

The Founders Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical Engineering

Presented to a member of AIChE who has had an important impact on chemical engineering and whose achievements, either specific or general, have advanced this profession in any of its aspects.

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JULIO M. OTTINO is the Distinguished Robert R. McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern Univ.

“For pioneering work establishing the mathematical foundations of fluid mixing, granular flows, and complex systems, and for thought leadership and creative vision in chemical engineering.”

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

Sponsored by The Dow Chemical Co.

The award is presented to a member of AIChE who has made outstanding contributions to the chemical engineering profession via service to the Institute.

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EDUARDO GLANDT is the Nemirovsky Family Dean Emeritus, School of Engineering and Applied Science at the Univ. of Pennsylvania.

“For advancing the good works of the chemical engineering profession and for strengthening the future of AIChE through exemplary leadership of the Institute’s philanthropic activities.”

Institute Awards

These high honors recognize eminent chemical engineers for career achievements and contributions spanning the profession. Nominations are received from the chemical engineering community and award recipients are selected by AIChE’s Awards Committee.

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

Sponsored by E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.

This early-career award is given to encourage excellence in publications by a younger member of the Institute.

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HAL S. ALPER is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Univ. of Texas at Austin.

“For pioneering new approaches that merge and advance the areas of synthetic biology, protein engineering, and metabolic engineering to achieve novel phenotypes including chemical overproduction.”

The Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering

Endowed by the AIChE Foundation

Recognizes outstanding progress in chemical engineering by an AIChE member during his or her early career.

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MARTIN Z. BAZANT is the E. G. Roos (1944) Professor of Chemical Engineering and Mathematics and Executive Officer of the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

“For pioneering contributions to fluid mechanics, electrokinetics, and electrochemical systems, including theories for induced-charge electro-osmosis, “shock electrodialysis” water desalination, and charging in Li-based batteries.”

The Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research

Sponsored by the Alpha Chi Sigma Educational Foundation and the Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity

Recognizes outstanding accomplishments in fundamental or applied chemical engineering research.

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ERIC S. G. SHAQFEH is the Lester Levi Carter Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford Univ.

“For groundbreaking work on vesicle and blood cell dynamics, and on suspensions of particles in viscoelastic fluids.”

The Award for Service to Society

The awardee’s contributions emphasize a concern for the common good, willingness to give time and comfort, and the ability to draw together varied resources to solve societal problems.

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DANIEL J. LACKS is the C. Benson Branch Professor and Chair in the Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Case Western Reserve Univ.

“For service to society through leading professional development activities for engineering faculty and other professionals from countries that have been experiencing conflict and/or limited infrastructure.”

The Industrial Progress Award

This early-career award recognizes significant contributions to industrial practice by individuals working in industries served by chemical engineers.

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MICHAEL DETERMAN is Senior Technical Manager at 3M’s Corporate Research Materials Laboratory.

“For accomplishments in the invention, development, and commercialization of next-generation pressure sensitive adhesives with numerous industrial, electronic, and health care applications.”

The Industrial Research and Development Award

Recognizes individuals or teams working in the industries served by chemical engineers for innovation that has resulted in the successful commercial development of new products and/or new processes for making useful products.

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KRISTIN THUNHORST is Staff Scientist in the Industrial Business Development and Research Group at 3M Center.

“For excellence in research in materials, product and process development, and subsequent commercialization of new products and product enhancements in optics, energy, materials, and aerospace applications.”

The Industry Leadership Award

Recognizes individuals or teams working in industries served by chemical engineers for leadership and accomplishment in activities that include: management; sales and marketing; public, community, and industrial relations; commercial and business development; training; or public service.

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JEAN W. TOM is Head of Chemical and Synthetic Development in the Global Product Development and Supply organization of Bristol-Myers Squibb.

“For more than three decades of transforming engineering science within the pharmaceutical industry via application of innovative approaches, and for her development of industrial-focused chemical engineers.”

The Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology

Sponsored by Praxair, Inc.

Recognizes sustained excellence in contributing to the advancement of technology in the production, distribution, and application of industrial gases.

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DAVID SHOLL is the John F. Brock III School Chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

“For advancing gas separations and storage by creative use of computational modeling, bridging fundamental materials discovery and practical applications.”

The Lawrence B. Evans Award in Chemical Engineering Practice

Endowment arranged by CACHE Corp. and the AIChE Foundation

Recognizes outstanding chemical engineering contributions in the industrial practice of the profession — through manufacturing, research and development, management, or business leadership practices.

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RONALD R. CHANCE is Executive Vice President of Engineering at Algenol Biotech LLC.

“For lifetime achievements in chemical engineering research, management, and process development in chemical, photochemical, and renewable energy innovations, including business development.”

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

Sponsored by Pfizer Inc.

Given to a woman member of AIChE who has made significant contributions to chemical engineering research or practice. The candidate’s contributions may include a component of service, mentorship, or leadership in raising the visibility of women in chemical engineering.

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ELSA REICHMANIS is Professor and Pete Silas Chair in Chemical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

“For contributions to the design and development of robust polymer processes for the fabrication of optoelectronic devices, leadership, and service to the engineering community.”

The R. H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering

Sponsored by ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Co.

Recognizes significant and new contributions to chemical reaction engineering.

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LINDA J. BROADBELT is the Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern Univ.

“For distinguished contributions to the field of complex kinetic modeling, particularly for the development of automated mechanism generation and mechanistic models applied to hydrocarbon conversions.”

The Warren K. Lewis Award for Contributions to Chemical Engineering Education

Sponsored by ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Co.

Recognizes distinguished and continuing contributions to chemical engineering education.

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BABATUNDE A. OGUNNAIKE is the William L. Friend Chaired Professor of Chemical Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering at the Univ. of Delaware.

“For exemplary dedication to and leadership of the educational mission, provided through outstanding instruction and mentorship and through textbooks combining creativity, clarity, and rigor.”

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

Sponsored by John Wiley & Sons

Recognizes contributions to chemical engineering literature.

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ENRIQUE IGLESIA is the Theodore Vermeulen Chair in Chemical Engineering at the Univ. of California at Berkeley, and a Faculty Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

“For fundamental unifying contributions to the catalysis literature, including quantitative understanding of the role of entropy in confined spaces and reaction pathways on crowded surfaces.”

AIChE Foundation

The John M. Prausnitz AIChE Institute Lectureship

Endowed by the AIChE Foundation

The Executive Board of AIChE’s Program Committee invites a distinguished member of AIChE to present a comprehensive authoritative review of the chemical engineering science in his or her field of specialization.

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KLAVS F. JENSEN, Warren K. Lewis Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His lecture was presented on Oct. 31, 2018, and was entitled “Accelerating Development and Intensification of Chemical Processes.”

The Doing a World of Good Medal

Presented at AIChE’s annual gala. Recognizes the achievements of an individual who has advanced the societal contributions of engineers.

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NANCE K. DICCIANI is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of RTM Vital Signs LLC — a medical device start-up company.

The John C. Chen Endowment for Young Professional Leadership Scholarship

Endowed by the AIChE Foundation

Presented to young professional members of AIChE to support their participation in leadership development programs.

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DONNA BRYANT is Superintendent of the Environmental Operations Unit at Syngenta.
 
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COLIN C. YOUNG is a research scientist at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, where he studies genes associated with increased breast cancer risk.

Society for Biological Engineering Awards

AIChE’s Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) presents three prestigious awards every year at AIChE’s Annual Meeting and other venues.

The James E. Bailey Award

Sponsor: Cytos Biotechnology

Recognizes outstanding contributions in biological engineering. Presented in memory of James Bailey for his many pioneering contributions to biotechnology.

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JEFFREY A. HUBBELL, Professor, Institute for Molecular Engineering, Univ. of Chicago. He uses biomaterials and protein engineering approaches to investigate topics in regenerative medicine and immunotherapeutics.

The Daniel I. C. Wang Award for Excellence in Biochemical Engineering

Endowed by the AIChE Foundation

Recognizes individuals for their contributions to the field and to the practice of biochemical engineering through their position in industry or academia as exemplified by Professor Wang in his 50 years of contributions.

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JOHN G. AUNIŅŠ, Executive Vice President of Bioprocess and Manufacturing and the Chief Technology Officer, Seres Therapeutics, Inc. His focus is bioprocess development, manufacturing and manufacturing support, and project leadership.

The Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication

Sponsor: John Wiley and Sons

Recognizes outstanding contributions to the literature in biomedical engineering, biological engineering, biotechnology, biochemical engineering, and related fields.

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JUNGHAE SUH, Associate Professor, Rice Univ. She specializes in designing and investigating gene delivery vectors for various applications in biomedicine.

International Metabolic Engineering Society

International Metabolic Engineering Award

Recognizes an outstanding career contributor to the field of metabolic engineering.

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JACK PRONK is Professor of Biotechnology and Microbiology, Delft Technical Univ., where he is principal investigator in the Industrial Microbiology section.

Jay Bailey Young Investigator Award in Metabolic Engineering

Recognizes outstanding research accomplishments by a young investigator who has advanced the frontiers of metabolic engineering through originality and creativity of experimental or computational concept application.

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ADAM FEIST, Project Scientist, Univ. of California, San Diego, and Senior Scientist, Technical Univ. of Denmark

Technical Division and Forum Awards

AIChE’s division and forums honor chemical engineers for excellence in their technical fields and for contributions to the profession. These award programs are administered by the respective division or forum.

Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division

Division Young Investigator Awards

Recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the science and/or technology of catalysis and chemical reaction engineering through publications or practice.

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PAUL J. DAUENHAUER, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Univ. of Minnesota

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YURIY ROMÁN-LESHKOV, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF)

CoMSEF Impact Award

Recognizes outstanding research in computational molecular science and engineering, encompassing methods and applications.

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JEETAIN MITTAL, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Lehigh Univ.

Young Investigator Award for Modeling and Simulation

Recognizes outstanding research in computational molecular science and engineering, encompassing methods and applications.

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DIWAKAR SHUKLA, Blue Waters Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Computing and Systems Technology Division (Cast)

CAST Outstanding Young Researcher Award

Sponsor: Air Products

Given to an individual under the age of 40 for outstanding contributions to the chemical engineering computing and systems technology literature.

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FENGQI YOU, Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell Univ.

Computing in Chemical Engineering Award

Sponsor: Dow Chemical Co.

Recognizes outstanding contributions in the application of computing and systems technology to chemical engineering.

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PANAGIOTIS D. CHRISTOFIDES, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and William D. Van Vorst Chair in Chemical Engineering Education, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

Computing Practice Award

Sponsors: AspenTech and ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Co.

Recognizes outstanding contributions in the practice or application of chemical engineering to computing and systems technology.

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JOHN HEDENGREN, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young Univ.

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

Sponsor: CACHE Corp.

Recognizes an individual or group making new and novel contributions to computer aids for chemical engineering education.

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MARTHA GROVER, Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

W. David Smith, Jr., Graduate Student Paper Award

Sponsor: Process Systems Enterprise, Inc.

For an outstanding published work in chemical engineering computing and systems technology education.

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MATT STUBER, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Univ. of Connecticut. For the paper “Convex and Concave Relaxations of Implicit Functions,” Optimization Methods and Software, 30(3):424–460, 2014.

Education Division

Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Research

Sponsor: Chemstations

Recognizes outstanding research in education, with a focus on chemical engineering pedagogy, encompassing methods, applications, and assessment.

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MILO D. KORETSKY, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Oregon State Univ. For his research on student learning, concept-based instruction, and integrative technological tools in engineering.

Award for Innovation in Chemical Engineering Education

Sponsor: zyBooks

Recognizes an individual who has implemented a pedagogical innovation into a class or course that has made a significant impact on teaching effectiveness and has enhanced student learning.

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LUCAS LANDHERR, Associate Teaching Professor, Northeastern Univ. For contributions to chemical engineering education through comics and animation that visualizes and teaches complex concepts.

Award for Service to Chemical Engineering Education

Recognizes an individual who, within 20 years of completion of the highest degree, has shown dedication and broad service to chemical engineering teaching and learning.

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LAURA FORD, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Univ. of Tulsa. For dedicated service to chemical engineering teaching and learning at the local through national levels, from middle school open houses to service as ASEE Division Chair.

Environmental Division

Division Early Career Award

Honors an Environmental Division member who has made outstanding contributions in environmental chemical engineering in the early stages of his or her career.

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IRINA BELOZEROVA, Ultrapure Water Engineer, Intel Corp.

Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering

Recognizes an individual’s outstanding chemical engineering contribution and achievement in the preservation or improvement of the environment.

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MARK BARTEAU, Vice President for Research, Texas A&M Univ. — with academic appointments in chemical engineering and chemistry. For outstanding academic research and leadership and exceptional public engagement to advance clean energy and reduce carbon pollution.

Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division

Division Award in Chemical Engineering

Recognizes outstanding chemical engineering contributions in the food, pharmaceutical, and/or bioengineering field, of fundamental nature and/or of practical significance to industry and industrial practice.

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WILFRED CHEN, Gore Professor of Chemical Engineering, Univ. of Delaware

Division Distinguished Service Award in Chemical Engineering

Recognizes a division member for his or her dedication and service to the profession of food engineering, pharmaceutical engineering, and/or bioengineering in general.

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GREGORY STEPHANOPOULOS, W. H. Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Instructor of Bioengineering, Harvard Medical School

Fuels and Petrochemicals Division

Division Award

Recognizes individuals who have made substantial technological contributions to the advancement of the fuels and petrochemicals industries.

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JENNIFER HOLMGREN, Chief Executive Officer, LanzaTech. She leads the company’s global management team and sets the strategic direction.

Division Distinguished Service Award

Recognizes a Division member for outstanding service.

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RICHARD ISHERWOOD, Senior Manager in Regional Service, UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company

Management Division

Management Award

Sponsor: Dow Chemical Co.

Recognizes an outstanding individual who has made a substantial contribution to the management and leadership of engineers involved in the field of chemical engineering.

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GAYLE GIBSON, retired Head of Engineering, DuPont. For demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and achievements that have markedly benefited both society and the profession of chemical engineering.

Division Service Award

Recognizes outstanding service to the AIChE Management Division by a member of the division.

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ELDON R. LARSEN is an engineering professor at the Marshall Univ. Graduate College, Huntington, WV.

Materials Engineering and Sciences Division

Braskem Award for Excellence in Materials Engineering and Science

Sponsor: Braskem

Recognizes a leading researcher for outstanding contributions to the field of materials engineering and sciences.

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ZHEN-GANG WANG, Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology. For theoretical contributions to the understanding of the structure, thermodynamics, and phase transitions in polymers and other soft matter.

Owens Corning Early Career Award

Sponsor: Owens Corning

Recognizes outstanding independent contributions to the scientific, technological, educational, or service areas of materials science and engineering.

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CHRISTOPHER M. JEWELL, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Fischell Dept. of Bioengineering, Univ. of Maryland. For innovative work providing new understanding of the interactions between synthetic materials and immune tissues, and that enables novel carriers that help actively direct immunity.

Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum (NSEF)

NSEF Young Investigator Award

Sponsor: ALD NanoSolutions, Inc.

Recognizes outstanding scholarship, commercialization, education, or service in nanoscience and nanotechnology by engineers or scientists in the early stages of their professional careers.

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CHRISTOPHER M. JEWELL, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Fischell Dept. of Bioengineering, Univ. of Maryland. For the application of nanotechnology as a tool to study and direct immune function.

Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award

Sponsor: ALD NanoSolutions, Inc.

Recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of nanoscale science and engineering in the field of chemical engineering through scholarship, education, or service.

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SHARON C. GLOTZER, Anthony C. Lembke Chair of Chemical Engineering; John Werner Cahn Distinguished University Professor of Engineering; and Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She presented the 2018 NSEF plenary “Nano 2.0: From Discovery to Design.”

North American Mixing Forum (NAMF)

North American Mixing Forum Award

Recognizes excellence and sustained contributions to mixing research and practice.

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ENRIQUE GALINDO, National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico, presented the NAMF Award Lecture, “Lessons from Mixing Studies Involving Bacteria, Fungi and Chocolate,” at AIChE’s 2018 Annual Meeting.

Nuclear Engineering Division

Robert E. Wilson Award

Recognizes outstanding chemical engineering contributions and achievements in the nuclear industry, and promotes the objectives of AIChE’s Nuclear Engineering Div.

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ROBERT S. EBY, Executive Vice President, Navarro Research and Engineering, Oak Ridge, TN

Particle Technology Forum (PTF)

ANSYS Particle Technology Forum Service Award

Sponsor: ANSYS, Inc.

Recognizes a PTF member’s lifetime outstanding scientific/technical contributions to particle technology, as well as leadership in promoting scholarship, research, development, service, and/or education in this field.

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SHRIKANT DHODAPKAR, Fellow in the Performance Plastics business at Dow

Elsevier Particle Technology Forum Award for Lifetime Achievements

Sponsor: Elsevier

Recognizes a PTF member’s outstanding contributions to particle technology, as well as significant lifetime contributions to PTF through scholarship, service, and enthusiasm for the field.

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SOTIRIS PRATSINIS, Professor, Process Engineering and Materials Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

George Klinzing Best PhD Award

Recognizes an outstanding dissertation by a PTF member who has earned a doctoral degree. The dissertation can be in any discipline in the physical, biomedical, or engineering sciences, with particle science and engineering as its focus.

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FENG HE, senior chemical modeling engineer at Tesla. He is responsible for the company’s chemical system modeling and design at the Tesla Gigafactory.

PSRI Lectureship Award in Fluidization

Sponsor: Particular Solid Research, Inc.

Recognizes a PTF member’s outstanding scientific/technical research contributions with impact in the field of fluidization and fluid-particle flow systems.

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AH-HYUNG (ALISSA) PARK, Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science, Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Chemical Engineering, Columbia Univ.

SABIC Young Professional Award

Sponsor: SABIC Technology Center

Recognizes a PTF member under 40 years old for outstanding and internationally recognized contributions in particle technology.

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YI FAN, Associate Research Scientist, Corporate R&D Solids Processing Group, The Dow Chemical Co.

Shell Thomas Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems

Sponsor: Shell Global Solutions

Recognizes a PTF member’s recent outstanding scientific/technical accomplishment which has made a significant impact in fluid particle systems or in a related field with potential for cross fertilization with topics of interest to the PTF community.

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CHI-HWA WANG, Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National Univ. of Singapore

Process Development Division

Excellence in Process Development Research Award

Sponsor: Pfizer Inc.

Recognizes individuals who have made significant technical contributions to the advancement of process development within research, teaching, or regulatory activities.

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ZOLTAN K. NAGY, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Purdue Univ.; Research Professor, Loughborough Univ., U.K.

Process Development Division Student Paper Award

Sponsor: Praxair

Presented to a full-time graduate or undergraduate student who prepares the best technical paper to describe the results of process development related studies within chemical engineering.

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CUIXIA XU is a PhD candidate in the Dan F. Smith Dept. of Chemical Engineering at Lamar Univ.

Safety and Health Division

Norton H. Walton/Russell L. Miller Award in Safety/Loss Prevention

Recognizes outstanding achievements in and contributions to chemical engineering in the fields of loss prevention, safety, and health.

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THOMAS O. SPICER, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Univ. of Arkansas

Separations Division

Clarence (Larry) G. Gerhold Award

Sponsor: UOP, Inc.

Recognizes an AIChE member for outstanding contribution in research, development, or the application of chemical separations technology.

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URMILA DIWEKAR, President, Stochastic Research Technologies LLC and the Vishwamitra Research Institute

FRI/John G. Kunesh Award

Sponsor: Fractionation Research, Inc.

Recognizes an AIChE member for outstanding contributions to the academic, scientific, technological, industrial, or service areas involving separations technologies. The candidate must be age 39 or younger at the time of nomination.

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RYAN LIVELY, Assistant Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Separations Division Innovation Award

Sponsor: UOP, Inc.

Recognizes an AIChE member’s outstanding contributions to scientific, technological, or industrial areas involving separations technologies. The innovation should have demonstrated significant and measurable commercial, environmental, or societal value.

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ROB MCGINNIS, Founder and CEO, Mattershift, where he is developing a carbon nanotube membrane platform for biofuels production, beyond-cell biological processes, and molecular factories for the production of fuels and building materials from the air.

Division Graduate Student Research Awards

Sponsors: Separations Division and Chevron

Recognizes outstanding graduate students in the following areas: distillation and adsorption; crystallization and evaporation; extraction; membrane-based separations; adsorption and ion exchange; fluid-particle separations; and bioseparations.

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LINGXIANG ZHU completed his PhD in chemical engineering at the Univ. at Buffalo, the State Univ. of New York. His research focused on advanced polymeric membranes for hydrogen purification and CO2 capture. He is the recipient of the D. B. Bhattacharyya Separations Division Graduate Research Award.

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SIDHARTH RAZDAN is a PhD candidate at Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology. His research focuses on the study of polymer particle-biomolecular interactions and composite membrane synthesis.

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ANDREW COLBURN is a chemical engineering PhD student at the Univ. of Kentucky. His research focuses on nanofiltration membranes for selective separations.

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JINGSONG ZHOU is a PhD candidate in chemical engineering at Clarkson Univ. His doctoral thesis is concerned with the modeling of dividing wall columns.

Sustainable Engineering Forum

Forum Education Award

Recognizes an educator who has made outstanding contributions to sustainability education.

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ALEXANDER ORLOV, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Stony Brook Univ. He is recognized for incorporating novel education approaches, including online gaming tools and 3D printing, intro course work focused on sustainable materials and engineering design.

Sustainable Engineering Forum Research Award

Recognizes basic or applied research results related to the sustainability of products, processes, or the environment.

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HAMID ARASTOOPOUR, Henry R. Linden Professor of Engineering and Director of the Wanger Institute for Sustainability and Energy Research, Illinois Institute of Technology. His research includes novel sustainable approaches to carbon capture; manufacturing new products from recycled polymers and rubber; and wind energy.

Forum Student Paper Awards

Presented to full-time undergraduate or graduate student AIChE members who prepare the best technical papers that describe results related to engineering and sustainability.

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AIDA AMINI-RANKOUHI is a research and development engineer-scientist at Honeywell UOP. Recognized for a unique and novel contribution to energy sustainability by developing a system approach for predicting the maximum recovery of mechanical energy through work integration.

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DANIEL GARCIA is a PhD candidate in the Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern Univ., where he is developing decision-making tools toward sustainability.

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KAREN DE JESÚS GUILLÉN-CUEVAS and ANDREA PAULINA ORTIZ-ESPINOZA — This shared award is for work performed at Instituto Tecnologico de Celaya, Mexico.

Transport and Energy Processes Division

Donald Q. Kern Award

Recognizes an individual’s expertise in a given field of heat transfer or energy conversion.

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YOGENDRA JOSHI, Professor and John M. McKenney and Warren D. Shiver Distinguished Chair, G. W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests are in multiscale thermal management.

Upstream Engineering and Flow Assurance Forum

Upstream Engineering and Flow Assurance Forum Award

Recognizes a forum member’s significant contributions in service and/or research to the upstream engineering and flow assurance community.

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MICHAEL P. HOEPFNER, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Univ. of Utah. His research focuses on the interaction and assembly of complex molecules in the liquid phase.

Committee Awards

Program Committee

AIChE Government and Industry Leaders (AGILE) Award

Recognizes an individual from industry or government whose contributions, innovations, and creativity have made a unique difference in the marketplace and global community. The recipient may be educated in any field of engineering or science, and delivers a keynote lecture at the AIChE Spring Meeting.

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MARK VERGNANO, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Chemours Co. He delivered his keynote address, “Building a Winning Culture: Harnessing the Power of Values,” on Apr. 23, 2018.

Professional Achievement Award for Innovations in Green Process Engineering

Sponsor: Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Recognizes outstanding professional achievement in advancing innovations in green process engineering for sustainable energy and the environment, as well as distinguished contribution as a professional engineer/chemist, industrial leader, or educator.

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ZHONGMIN LIU, Director of the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics and the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Leadership Award for Innovations in Green Process Engineering

Sponsor: Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Recognizes outstanding leadership in advancing innovations in green process engineering for sustainable energy and the environment, as well as distinguished service in the green process engineering community.

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W. S. WINSTON HO, Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, the Ohio State Univ. For his everlasting innovations and leadership in green process engineering with outstanding contributions to novel separations, gas treating, and membrane technologies, and their commercial applications.

Herb Epstein Award for Technical Programming

Recognizes an individual for contributions and service to AIChE technical programming.

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CHASE L. BEISEL is a group leader in the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research at North Carolina State Univ.

George Lappin Program Committee Service Award

The Executive Board of the Program Committee presents this award for service on behalf of AIChE and its national and local programming efforts.

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GREGORY E. YEO, Chief Engineer, ExxonMobil Chemical Co.

Minority Affairs Committee (MAC)

MAC Eminent Chemical Engineer Awards

Recognizes outstanding achievements by a professional in a traditional chemical engineering position or from a chemical engineer making significant contributions in a nontraditional profession.

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KAFUI DZIRASA, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke Univ.
 
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CYNTHIA PIERRE is a Materials and Corrosion Engineer in the Refining and Logistics Technology Group at BP.

William W. Grimes Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering

Recognizes a chemical engineer’s outstanding achievements in the profession and service as a distinguished role model for minorities.

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YUSUF G. ADEWUYI, Professor of Chemical, Biological and Bioengineering, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State Univ.

MAC Distinguished Service Award

Recognizes an AIChE member for sustained service and outstanding achievements that advance the goals of the Minority Affairs Committee.

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ISAAC GAMWO is Senior Research Chemical Engineer at the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Local Sections Committee

Shining Star Awards

Recognizes outstanding volunteerism at the AIChE local section level.

DONALD CHMIELEWSKI, Chicago Local Section

LARRY ROTTER, North Jersey Local Section

NEIL YEOMAN, Virtual Local Section

Student Chapters Committee

Outstanding Student Chapter Advisor Award

Awarded to one advisor who has shown outstanding performance in guiding the affairs and activities of a student chapter in accordance with AIChE principles.

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VICTOR BREEDVELD, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor, and Frank Dennis Faculty Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology

Annual Chem-E-Car Competition® (Performance prize)

Competition sponsor: Chevron

AIChE’s Chem-E-Car Competition engages undergraduate students in designing and constructing a model car powered by a chemical energy source, that will safely carry a variable load over a given distance and stop. The 20th annual competition was held at the October 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting and Student Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (First prize funded by the H. Scott Fogler Endowment)

National Student Paper Competition

Sponsor: Omega Chi Epsilon

Winners at the regional AIChE undergraduate student conferences compete in the finals. The 2018 winner was selected at the Annual Student Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

JOSHUA WILKERSON, Brigham Young Univ. — 1st Place

CONNOR DUGAN, Univ. of Oklahoma — 2nd Place

LOGAN MELICON Rochester Institute of Technology — 3rd Place

National Student Design Competition

Sponsor: Omega Chi Epsilon

Chemical engineers from a designated company devise and judge a student contest problem that typifies a real, working, chemical engineering design situation.

Individual 1st prize: BJORN BLOMQUIST, Univ. of Iowa

Team 1st prize: ROBERT BROOKS, RYAN HINES, TIMOTHY MCCALLA, and ALEX ROSS, Univ. of Kentucky

Young Professionals Committee

AIChE Beer Brewing Competition

Sponsor: AIChE Foundation

Held at the AIChE Annual Meeting, the competition entails teams representing AIChE local sections brewing their own beer in a variety of style category.

Grand prize: TEAM MMAICHE (Mid-Michigan Local Section),

2nd Place: TEAM BREWSBURGH (Pittsburgh Local Section)

3rd Place: TEAM BAD NEWS BREWS (Baton Rouge Local Section)

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