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Clarkson Professor Honored With National Award By American Institute Of Chemical Engineers

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Clarkson University Kodak Distinguished Professor Ross Taylor, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been honored with a national award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

The Computing in Chemical Engineering Award is given annually by the AIChE’s Computing and Systems Technology Division (CAST). Taylor is receiving the award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to multicomponent mass transfer and for developing the non-equilibrium approach to separation process modeling and design. rtaylor

He will receive the award at the AIChE national meeting in Austin, Texas, in November. He has also been invited to deliver a speech at the CAST Division dinner.

Taylor's research interests are in the areas of multicomponent mass transfer, separation process simulation, and applications of computer algebra with a special emphasis on thermodynamics, numerical computing, and cartography.

His research accomplishments are numerous. Among the most significant are a leading role in the development of a new paradigm in separation process modeling based on the “non-equilibrium” approach; the development of a major item of software, “ChemSep,” which has been used in more than 50 Chemical Engineering Departments around the world as well as some industrial laboratories; the co-authorship of the book, Multicomponent Mass Transfer, which has since won wide acclaim as an authoritative textbook on this subject; and a leading role in contributing to the use of the software Maple in chemical engineering. 

While Taylor’s major accomplishments have been in the area of computer modeling of separation processes, he also has made contributions to physical property correlations, thermodynamic models, computer-aided problem solving, and to mathematical methods in mass transfer. 

Most recently, he has made substantial contributions to the modeling of reactive distillation in the area of reactive separations, which have earned him the Kodak Distinguished Professorship at Clarkson.

Recognizing his professional stature in computing in chemical engineering, the CACHE Corporation appointed him a trustee in 1996.

Taylor joined the faculty of Clarkson in 1980. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

Founded in 1908, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers is a professional association of more than 50,000 members that provides leadership in advancing the chemical engineering profession. AIChE fosters and disseminates chemical engineering knowledge, supports the professional and personal growth of its members, and applies the expertise of its members to address societal needs throughout the world.

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