Awards and Honors

  • CACHE Award for Excellence in Computing in Chemical Engineering Education, Chemical Engineering Division, ASEE, June, 2008. More info.
  • Dow Lectureship Award, Chemical Engineering Division, American Society of Engineering Education, 2005.
  • Outstanding Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, 2004, 2005
  • President, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2000 (Vice-President in 1999, Past-President in 2001)
  • National Academy of Engineering, 1994-
  • Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1993-
  • William H. Walker Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1983, for contributions to chemical engineering literature
  • Honored by Citation Classics in Current Contents for a most-cited article.
  • Awarded co-holder of Harry A. and Metta R. Rehnberg Chair of Chemical Engineering, 1983-2005.
  • Undergraduate Computational Engineering and Science Award, Dept. of Energy, Sept., 1996
  • Martin Award for Best Chemical Engineering Paper, ASEE Conference, June, 1994.


  • 1961 B.A., Rice University, Houston, Texas. Major: Chemical Engineering
  • 1962 M.S., Rice University, Houston, Texas. Thesis: "Experimental Studies of Nucleate Pool Boiling from Artificial Active Sites." Degree officially awarded June 1963.
  • 1962-1965 N.S.F. Graduate Fellow, University of Minnesota. Research advisor: Professor L. E. Scriven.
  • 1965 Ph.D., University of Minnesota


  • 1965-1967 Office of Naval Research, Physics Branch, as Lieutenant, USNR
  • 1967-present Professor of various ranks, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
  • 1977-1985 also a Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington
  • 1989-2005 Rehnberg Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
  • 1989-1998 Chairman of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
  • 2005-present Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
  • 1975-1976 Visiting Professor, University College, Swansea, Wales, U.K.,
  • 1976 Visiting Professor, Instituttet for Kemiteknik, Denmark Tekniske Højskole, Lyngby, Denmark
  • 1980 Visiting Professor, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahia Blanca, Argentina
  • 1986 Gulf Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Major Professional Activities

Professional Societies

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society of Engineering Education
  • Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  • Society of Rheology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

Currently on Editorial Boards

  • Int. J. Num. Methods in Fluids, 1980-

Past Service on Editorial Boards

  • Numerical Methods for Partial Differential EQuations, 1984-2007
  • Numerical Heat Transfer, Part A and B, 1981-2002
  • Chemical Engineering Education Publications Board, 1991-2007
  • International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 1974-1988
  • SIAM Journal of Scientific and Statistical Computing, 1979-1987
  • Handbook on Finite Element Methods, 1979-1987
  • AIChE Journal (Consulting Editor for Computation), 1985-1991
  • Annual Review of Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, 1985-1989

Meetings with Major Responsibilities

  • Director, ASEE Summer School for Chemical Engineering Faculty, 1997
  • Engineering Foundation Conference, Chemical Engineering Education a Changing Environment, 1988, Vice-Chairman
  • Gordon Conference, Fluids in Permeable Media, 1978, Chairmam
  • NRC Panel on the Future of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Washington, D. C., 1996
  • Regional meeting of the National Academy of Engineering, March 13, 2003

Other Major Responsibilities

  • AIChE: 2000 President
  • Director, AIChE, 1992-1994
  • AIChE CAST Division Chair, 1990
  • Board of Petroleum Research Fund, ACS, 1998-2004
  • Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, National Research Council, 1990-1992
  • Chemical Sciences Roundtable, National Research Council, 2000-2002
  • Visiting Committee, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 2005-