In Memoriam: Arvind Varma (PhD ChE '72)

July 16, 2019 - Professor Arvind Varma (PhD ChE '72), R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University and 10th Head of the School of Chemical Engineering, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Dr. Varma will be known as a ground-breaking chemical engineering who made significant impacts in the areas of hydrogen and other energy sources, and in chemical and catalytic reaction engineering. He will also be fondly remembered as an innovative leader in the field of chemical engineering.

At Purdue, Dr. Varma led Chemical Engineering from January 2004 until July 2016, during which time the School experienced significant growth in key areas and reached significant milestones, including growth in faculty, graduate student, and undergraduate student numbers; increased research expenditures; expanded facilities space and equipment; and celebration of the School’s Centennial in 2011.

Dr. Varma was elected as a Fellow in American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2008); American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011); American Chemical Society, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division (2011); and Honorary Fellow in the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (2011). He received numerous fellowships, honors, and recognitions, including the Warren K. Lewis Award (AIChE, 2013); Distinguished Alumnus (Panjab University, 2008); and Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award (ASEE, 2000). He authored three books, and was editor of two books. He was the Series Editor of the Cambridge Series in Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Varma is survived by his wife, Karen, and daughters, Anita and Sophia. The family will announce memorial plans shortly.

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