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Darsh T. Wasan

Vice President
Motorola Chair in Chemical Engineering
University Distinguished Professor
Illinois Institute of Technology
Honorary Professor, Beijing Institute of Technology
Honorary Professor, University of Leeds, England

Professor Darsh Wasan is the Motorola Chair in Chemical Engineering, University Distinguished Professor, and Vice President for International Affairs at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1960) and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (1965).  He has spent his entire professional career at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he has served as chairman of the chemical engineering department, dean of engineering, vice president for research and technology, and provost and vice president for academic affairs. He has directed the research of 60 Ph.D. students, 62 M.S. students and 15 postdoctoral fellows.

Professor Wasan’s research interests are in the areas of colloidal processing and interfacial engineering to solve energy, environmental, and food problems.  He is an author of over 400 research publications and co-author of a textbook on Interfacial Transport Processes and Rheology, and 10 patents. He has received several awards and honors, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research, and Thomas Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems; the American Chemical Society national award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry and the Nobel Laureate Irving Langmuir Lectureship Award; the American Society for Engineering Education Chemical Engineering Division Lectureship Award; the Western Electric Fund Award of the American Society for Engineering Education for excellence in instruction of engineering students; and twice the National Science Foundation “Special Creativity Award.”  He received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Commissioner’s Special Citation for ‘extraordinary vision and creativity in developing the nation’s first food safety consortium joining government, industry and academia–The National Center for Food Safety and Technology.’  He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2004 for his ‘pioneering research, inspirational teaching and novel technology developments in colloidal processing and interfacial rheology,’ and to the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2007.  He is a corresponding member of the Mexican Academy of Molecular Engineering. Professor Wasan has held several endowed lectureships. He is the first chemical engineer to serve as editor-in-chief of the premier periodical, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, a position he has held since 1993.  He has been serving as a nominator for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry since 2002.

Dr. Wasan has served on the Advisory Committee on International Science of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the Executive Committee of the Governor’s Science Advisory Committee, State of Illinois; the Advisory Committee for the National Institute for Petroleum and Energy Research, Department of Energy; and the Advisory Committees of the Columbia University Chemical Engineering Department, and the Iowa State University Chemical Engineering Department.


AWARDS and HONORS

U.S. National Academy of Engineering

  • Elected member (2004) for his pioneering research, inspirational teaching, and novel technology development in colloidal processing and interfacial rheology
  • Chemical Engineering Peer Committee, 2008-2011
  • Chair, Subcommittee on Colloids and Interfaces, 2010-2012

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

  • Elsevier Lifetime Achievement Award (2016) of AIChE’s Particle Technology Forum
  • Alpha Chi Sigma Award (2005) for fundamental and applied research in chemical engineering
  • Thomas Baron Award (2002) for advances in fluid particle interaction forces
  • Special Symposium honoring Darsh Wasan (2003) on ‘Interfacial and Colloidal Phenomena’, three technical sessions held at the annual meeting of the Institute, San Francisco
  • Ernest W. Thiele Award for original and significant contributions to the practice of chemical engineering profession, AIChE Chicago Section
  • 75th Honor Roll (2000) for chemical engineering accomplishments, AIChE, Chicago section
  • Elected Fellow of the Institute (1989)

American Chemical Society (ACS)

  • ACS Fellow (2012), elected for introducing a novel stabilization mechanism in colloid science
  • National Award (2000) in Colloidal and Surface Chemistry for pioneering theoretical and experimental investigations on the liquid interface in dispersed systems, especially his introduction of a novel colloidal stabilization mechanism for macro-dispersions and for his ingenious translation of fundamental results to full-scale technology
  • Nobel Laureate Langmuir Lectureship Award (2004) for advances in colloid and interface science
  • Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research Journal (March issue, 2005) Special Festschrift honoring Darsh Wasan
  • Special symposium honoring Darsh Wasan on ‘Emulsions, Foams, Thin Films and Interfacial Rheology,’ held at the 72nd Colloid and Surface Science conference, June 1998.
  • Chemical and Engineering News highlighted Wasan's research (1988) on "Ordered Microstructures Key to Thin Liquid Film Behavior," Dec. 19, p. 27-28.
  • Chemical & Engineering News featured Wasan's research (1979) on "Improved Oil Recovery," April 16.

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

  • 3M Lectureship Award (1991) for outstanding contributions to fundamental chemical engineering theory and practice
  • Western Electric Fund Award (1972) for excellence in instruction of engineering students

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • Special Creativity Award (1988) for research on discovery of ordered microstructures in thin liquid films
  • Special Creativity Award (1986) For research on separation of particles from non-aqueous media based on electrokinetic phenomena (with Dimitri Gidaspow)

Fine Particle Society (FPS)

  • Hausner Award (1982) for outstanding leadership and distinguished service

Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Distinguished University Professor (2009)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (1967)
  • The Darsh T. Wasan Lectureship Series established in 2008 by his former students, friends and IIT faculty takes place annually to bring thought leaders to share their ideas and perspectives on major global issues.

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

  • Asen Zlatarov National Award for Chemical Sciences (1990) for research publications in Ordered Microstructures in Thin Liquid Films
  • Medal of the University of Sofia (1985) for contributions to colloid and interfacial science and engineering

Indian Professional Societies

  • Elected Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (2007)
  • Special Symposium honoring Darsh Wasan (2004) on ‘Interfacial and colloidal phenomenon’ held at the joint meeting of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, CHEMCON, Mumbai
  • Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Padma Bhushan L.K. Doraiswamy Lectureship Award (2002), Hyderabad, (CHEMCON 2002)
  • Elected Fellow of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (2000)
  • Technical Excellence Award (1991) from the American Society of Engineers from India
  • Pride of India Award (1994) for Dedication, Achievements and Distinguished Contributions in Education, Bochanwasi Swaninarayan Sansitha
  • Award from Federation of Asian Indians in North America (1984) for outstanding contributions in chemical engineering

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • Special Citation (2000) for “extraordinary vision and creativity in developing the nation’s first food safety consortium joining government, industry, and academia–the National Center for Food Safety and Technology”

The Darsh Wasan IFSH Food Safety Award

  • The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) and the FDA: Center for Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) – Established this award in 2013 for Outstanding Contributions to Food Safety across Government, Academia and Industry

University of Illinois

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Award (2015)

JCIS – Darsh Wasan Award

  • The Elsevier Company, publisher of the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (JCIS), in 2015 established the JCIS Darsh Wasan Award, given annually for outstanding contributions to surface and colloid chemistry. (2015)
 
DISTINGUISHED (ENDOWED) LECTURESHIPS
  • L.K. Doraiswany Lectureship (2011), Iowa State University
  • Lyman Handy Lectureship (2008) University of Southern California
  • L.T. Fan Lectureship (2008) Kansas State University
  • Bird/Stewart/Lightfoot Lectureship (2007) University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Norman N. Li Lectureship (2006) at Wayne State University
  • D.O. Shah Lectureship in Surface Science (2005), at the University of Florida
  • Barnett F. Dodge Lectureship (1998) at Yale University
  • Procter and Gamble Co., Lectureship (1998) at the University of Cincinnati
  • Sydney Ross Lectureship (1996) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Freport MacRohan Distinguished Lectureship (1996) at Tulane University
  • Robert Gilpin Memiral Lectureship (1995) at Clarkson University
  • Jacob J. Bikerman Lectureship (1994) at Case Western Reserve University
  • Donald Gage Stevens Lectureship (1991) at Syracuse University
  • Phoebe Apperson Hearst Lectureship (1990) at the University of California at Berkeley
 

HONORARY APPOINTMENTS

  • BIT Advisory Professor, Beijing Institute of Technology (2006)
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, the University of Leeds, in the Institute of Particle Science and Engineering, School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering (2006).
 
TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS AND OFFICES
  • AIChE Foundation Board of Trustees (2006-present)
  • AIChE Awards Committee (2007-2011)
  • Chairman of the ACS Colloid and Surface Science Division Unilever Award Committee, 2004-present
  • Chairman of the ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, 2001-2002.
  • Correspondent Member, Mexican Academy of Molecular Engineering, 2001-present.
  • Member of the ACS Adamson Award Committee, 1997-2000.
  • Member of the ACS LaMer Award Committee 1994-1997; Chairman, 1997-1999.
  • Member of the Board of Judges of the Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award Committee, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1987 and 1989.
  • Co-chairman, Separation Technology Conference IV, Engineering Foundation, Hawaii, 1991.
  • Member of the AIChE Ad Hoc Visiting Committee of the Accreditation Board for
  • Engineering and Technology, 1978-88.
  • Member of the AIChE Chicago Section Program Committee, 1971-75
  • Member of the AIChE Education and Accreditation Committee, 1982-85.
  • Publication Board Chairman, "Chemical Engineering Education", 1976-78.
  • Chairman of the AIChE Transport Processes Research Committee, 1974-80.
  • Chairman of the AIChE Interfacial Phenomena Committee, Area 1C,1975-80.
  • President of the Fine Particle Society, 1976-77.
  • Program Chairman for the AIChE's 69th Annual Meeting, Chicago, 1976.
  • Member of AIChE, ACS, ASEE, AAAS, AIP, Soc. of Rheology, and Sigma Xi.
 

SERVICE ON EDITORIAL BOARDS

  • Journal of Colloid & Interface Science, 1991 - 1993; Editor-in-Chief, 1993-present
  • Encyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science Editorial Advisory Board, 2006 - present
  • Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 2007 - 2009
  • Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science, 1995 – present
  • Journal of Dispersion Science & Technology, 1990 – present
  • Separation and Purification Technology, 1997- present
  • Journal of Colloids and  Surfaces, 1979 - 1995
  • Chemical Engineering Education, American Society for Engineering Education, 1976-83
  • Journal of Powder Technology, 1973 - 1998
  • Particulate Science & Technology, an International Journal, 1982-90
 
SERVICE ON GOVERNMENT COMMITTEES
  • Member of Engineering Advisory Committee for Chemical and Thermal Systems Engineering Division at the National Science Foundation, 1978-1980, 1987-1989.
  • Member of the Advisory Committee for the National Institute for Petroleum and Energy Research, Department of Energy (DOE), 1983-86.
  • Member of the DOE Review Committee for the Oak Ridge National Lab Chemical Technology Division, 1989, 1992.
  • Member of the DOE Review Committee for the Argonne National Laboratory Energy Systems Division, 1990, 1992, 1995.
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Governor's Science Advisory Committee, State of Illinois, 1991 - 1999.
  • Member of Advisory Committee on International Science of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2000-present.
 
CONSULTING
  • Savannah River National Laboratory 2007 - present
  • ConAgra Foods, 2009-
  • Dow Chemical Co., 2005 - 2007
  • Monsanto, 1997 - 2005
  • Westinghouse Savannah River Company, 1997 - 2006
  • MediChem Research, Inc., 1999 - 2002
  • Pepsi-Cola Company, 1998 - 2001
  • Abbott Laboratories, 1998 - 2002
  • Dow Corning, 1995 - 1998
  • United Nations Development Program in India, 1990
  • Procter & Gamble, 1995 - 1996, 2006 - present
  • Nelson Industries, 1976 - 1998
  • American Cyanamid Co., 1984 - 1986
  • ICI of Americas, 1988 - 1993
  • Stauffer Chemical Co., 1980 - 1987
  • Exxon Research & Engineering Co., 1977 - 1988
 
INVITED PLENARY LECTURES AND SEMINARS
  • Presented over 200 invited lectures and seminars in academia and industries.
  • Keynote Lecturer at the Australian Colloid and Interface Science Conference, Sydney, Feb. 2007
  • Keynote Lecturer at the 12th International Association of Colloids and Interface Scientists Symposium, Beijing, Oct. 2006
  • Keynote Lecture at Joint AIChE-IIChE Conference in Mumbai, India, 2006
  • Invited lecturer at the AIChE-IIChE Symposium, Madras, India, 2001.
  • Invited Lecturer on “Structure and Stability of Food Dispersions” at the International Conference on Colloid and Surface Science, Tokyo, 2000.
  • Invited Lecturer at the “Emulsion Seminar” of Association of Dressings and Sauces, Chicago, 1997.
  • Plenary Lecturer at the 10th International Symposium on Surfactants in Solution, Caracas, Venezuela, 1994.
  • Invited Lecturer on "Emulsion Stability Mechanisms," at the 1st International Congress on Emulsion, Paris, France, 1994.
  • Plenary Lectures on "Separation of Fine Particles from Non-aqueous Media," Fine Particle Soc., Boston, 1987.
  • Plenary Lecture on "Emulsion - A Fundamental and Practical Approach," at NATO Advanced Research Workshop, Bergen, Norway, 1991.
  • Invited lecturer on "Colloid and Surface Science for Bitumen and Oil Recovery," Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada, 1990.
  • Plenary Lecture on "Thin Liquid Film Phenomena in Foams and Emulsions" at the 5th International Symposium on Surfactants in Solution, Bordeaux, France, 1984.
  • Plenary Lecture on "Emulsion and Foam Films" at the 1st International Conference on Thin Liquid Film, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1981.
  • Invited speaker at the Gordon Research Conferences on "Separation Processes," 1974; "Foams," 1985, 1990; "Chemistry at Interfaces," 1987.
  • Invited speaker at the Engineering Foundation Conferences on "Physical Separations," 1978; "Flocculation, Sedimentation and Consolidation," 1985; "Separations Technology," 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991; "Dispersion and Aggregation - Fundamentals and Application," 1992; “Particle Science and Technology in the 21st Century,” 1995.
 
CHAIRED TECHNICAL SYMPOSIA
  • Chaired or co-chaired over 60 technical symposia at the AIChE, ACS and at various international meetings.

 

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