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Paul K. Mueller, News Services, 919/515-3470 or paul_k_mueller@ncsu.edu

Aug. 28, 2002

Carbonell Named Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dr. Ruben Carbonell, Kosa Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of the Kenan Institute for Engineering Technology & Science at North Carolina State University, has been named the Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at NC State.

The professorship is made possible by an endowment of the William R. Kenan Jr. Fund for Engineering, Technology and Science to recognize outstanding achievements by a faculty member in the sciences or engineering. It is also supported by the Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund of the Office of the President of the UNC system. The title of Distinguished Professor is the highest academic designation within the university system.

Dr. Ruben Carbonell

Dr. Ruben Carbonell

According to Dr. Peter K. Kilpatrick, head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at NC State, Carbonell is internationally recognized for his accomplishments in the field. "Dr. Carbonell has made seminal and remarkable research contributions to a host of areas of technological importance," he said, "including multiphase transport phenomena, gas-liquid packed bed reactors, bio-separations and bio-sensing, environmentally benign solvents and processes, and affinity methods for purifying plasma proteins. His colleagues characterize him as, quite simply, the best chemical engineering practitioner of his generation."

Carbonell, who also serves as co-director of the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes and co-director of the Kenan Center for the Utilization of Carbon Dioxide in Manufacturing, joined the faculty at NC State as a full professor in 1984. He served as head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1994 to 1999.

He received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College in 1969, and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1973.

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