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Named Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
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.
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.