Professor Satish Kumar recently assumed the position of President of the International Society of Coating Science and Technology (ISCST). Kumar will hold this position for two years. He previously served as ISCST Vice President for the Americas, a position he was elected to in 2012. ISCST is a technical society formed by an international group of academic and industrial scientists and engineers to foster fundamental understanding of liquid-applied coating processes. ISCST serves as an interface between scholarly research and industrial practice: both are welcome but it is the interplay between the two that makes ISCST unique. Approximately two-thirds of current ISCST members are from industry, with the remainder coming from other places such as academia and national laboratories.
Professor Edward L. Cussler will present the 66th Institute Lecture in a special session at the AIChE Annual Meeting on November 19, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Cussler will focus his remarks on "The Future of the Lecture" by describing both traditional elements and new alternatives to deliver lectures more effectively. The AIChE Institute Lecturer Award is given to a distinguished member of AIChE. Previous award recipients with ties to the Department include Frank Bates (2012), Andreas Acrivos (2000), and Rutherford Aris (1997).
Eric Vandre (ChemE '08, Ph.D. '13) recently won the Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics. This award is given each year by the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics in recognition of an exceptional young scientist who has performed original doctoral thesis work of outstanding scientific quality and achievement in the area of fluid dynamics. Vandre was co-advised in the Department by Professor Satish Kumar and Marcio Carvalho and is now employed at 3M. The news of this award is especially gratifying since Andy Acrivos earned his Ph.D. in 1954 with Neal Amundson in CEMS at the University of Minnesota.
Professor Lorraine Francis was named the recipient of the 2014 John A. Tallmadge Award for Contributions to Coating Technology. This preeminent award for engineers and scientists in the international coating community is given by the International Society of Coating Science and Technology (ISCST). Francis was recognized for significant contributions to the understanding or improvement of the technology of the coating of continuous webs. Francis received the award at the 17th International Coating Science and Technology Symposium held on Sept. 7-10, 2014 in San Diego, California.
CEMS is proud to welcome the following tenure-track and tenured faculty members to the Department: Samira Azarin (Assistant Professor), Paul Dauenhauer (Associate Professor), Vivian Ferry (Assistant Professor), and Matthew Neurock (Professor). Read on to learn more about their professional backgrounds and current research interests.
Professor C. Daniel Frisbie has been appointed as Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) effective July 1, 2014. Regents Professor Frank S. Bates previously served in that role for 15 years. Frisbie, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, has been a faculty member in CEMS since 1994 and served as a Director of Graduate Studies for Materials Science and Engineering from 2004 to 2013. Congratulations Dan!