Westmoreland named AIChE fellow

By Charlie Creekmore

Professor Phillip R. Westmoreland, acting head of the Chemical Engineering Department, has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The honor is extended to less than 2 percent of the professional association’s 50,000 members.

“I feel very gratified,” says Westmoreland about the honor. “It’s a recognition of significant leadership that the institute’s top members receive. It’s also an affirmation of your performance as a whole and the high regard of your colleagues.”

AIChE was founded in 1908 to provide leadership in advancing the chemical engineering profession. The grade of “fellow” is a special category of AIChE membership reserved for those tenured members who have displayed extraordinary service to the institute and their profession.

Among other awards, Westmoreland has received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator grant from 1990-95; a General Electric Outstanding Teacher Award in 1990; an AIChE Public Relations Award in 1977; and an AIChE Central New England Tribute to Excellence Award in 1991.

Westmoreland is a leading researcher in molecular modeling, with emphasis on theoretical and computational chemistry, and he has also published many journal articles related to flames and combustion chemistry.

He has been an active member of AIChE for more than 28 years, serving in numerous positions and committees, and he was recently appointed chairman of the executive board of the national program committee.