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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Faculty Awards and Honors


Fellows/Member Distinctions

Member, National Academy of Engineering

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer.

Charles F. Zukoski (2007)
Richard C. Alkire (1988)
Harry G. Drickamer* (1979)
Walter G. May* (1978)
Thomas J. Hanratty* (1974)
James W. Westwater* (1974)

Member, National Academy of Sciences

Election to the National Academy of Sciences is considered one of the highest honors a scientist can receive.

Steve Granick (2015)
Thomas Hanratty* (1999)
Harry G. Drickamer* (1965)
Roger Adams* (1929)

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

AAAS Fellows have made significant contributions to the advancement of science or its applications or are scientifically or socially distinguished.

Hong Yang (2015)
Brendan A. Harley (2014)
Huimin Zhao (2010)
William S. Hammack (2008)
Edmund G. Seebauer (2007)
Deborah E. Leckband (2005)
Richard C. Alkire (1996)

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences includes many of the most accomplished scholars and practitioners worldwide in natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

Thomas Hanratty* (1997)

Fellow, American Physical Society

William S. Hammack (2009)
Edmund G. Seebauer (2008)
Kenneth S. Schweizer (1996)
Steve Granick (1992)

Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Brendan Harley (2019)
Hyunjoon Kong (2017)
Rohit Bhargava (2015)
Huimin Zhao (2009)
Deborah E. Leckband (2005)

Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society

Deborah E. Leckband (2014)

Fellow, Society for Applied Spectroscopy

Rohit Bhargava (2015)

Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Edmund G. Seebauer (2011)

Fellow, American Vacuum Society

Edmund G. Seebauer, 2001

Fellow, American Chemical Society

Deborah E. Leckband (2009)

Jefferson Fellow, U.S. Department of State

William S. Hammack (2005-2006)

National Science Foundation Recognitions

National Science Foundation CAREER AWARD

The Faculty Early Career Development Program is one of the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Xiao Su (2020)
Simon Rogers (2019)
Diwakar Shukla (2018)
Ying Diao (2018)
Charles E. Sing (2017)
David W. Flaherty (2016)
Andrew L. Ferguson (2013)
Brendan A. Harley (2013)
Charles M. Schroeder (2013)
Hyun Joon Kong (2009)
Christopher V. Rao (2007)
Paul J.A. Kenis (2006)
Hong Yang (2005)
Huimin Zhao (2004)
Deborah E. Leckband (1995)

Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation

Edmund G. Seebauer (1988)
Charles F. Zukoski (1986)
Jonathan J.L. Higdon (1984)

Award for Special Creativity, National Science Foundation

Steve Granick (1993, 2012)

U.S. Frontiers of Engineering, National Academy of Engineering

The Frontiers program brings together emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research.

Charles Sing (2018)
Ying Diao (2017)
Brendan Harley (2016)
Charles M. Schroeder (2012)
Huimin Zhao (2009)
Paul J. A. Kenis (2008)

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Honors/Awards

CoMSEF (Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum, AIChE) Impact Award
Baron Peters (2019)

CoMSEF Young Investigator Award for Modeling & Simulation, AIChE
Diwakar Shukla (2018)

Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication
Huimin Zhao (2017)

CAST (Computing and Systems Technology) Outstanding Young Researcher Award, AIChE
Christopher V. Rao (2012)

100 Engineers of the Modern Era, AIChE
Charles F. Zukoski (2008)

CAST Directors’ Award, AIChE
Christopher V. Rao (2008)

W. David Smith Graduate Publication Award, AIChE
Christopher V. Rao (2007)

Alpha Chi Sigma Award, AIChE
Charles F. Zukoski (2002)

Service to Society Award, AIChE
William S. Hammack (2002)

Ernest Thiele Award, AIChE
Thomas J. Hanratty* (1986)

Professional Progress Award, AIChE
Richard C. Alkire (1985)
Thomas J. Hanratty* (1967)

Walker Award, AIChE
Thomas J. Hanratty* (1964)

Colburn Award, AIChE
Thomas J. Hanratty* (1957)

American Chemical Society Honors and Awards

Young Investigator Award, ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering

Damien Guironnet (2019)

OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, ACS Division of Computers in Chemistry

Diwakar Shukla (2018)

Marvin Johnson Award in Microbial and Biochemical Technology
Huimin Zhao (2018)

Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids, ACS
Kenneth S. Schweizer (2015)

Elmer Gaden Award, John Wiley & Sons and ACS Division of Biochemical Technology
Huimin Zhao (2014)

New Investigator Award, ACS, Petroleum Research Fund
Simon Rogers (2018)
David Flaherty (2013)

National Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry, ACS
Steve Granick (2013)

Young Investigator Award, ACS Division of Biochemical Technology
Huimin Zhao (2008)

James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public, ACS
William S. Hammack (2004)

Ralph K. Iler Award, Chemistry of Colloidal Materials, ACS
Charles F. Zukoski (1997)

Exxon Fellow in Solid State Chemistry, ACS
William S. Hammack (1992)

E.V. Murphee Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, ACS
Richard C. Alkire (1991)

Electrochemical Society Honors/Awards

Fellow of the Electrochemical Society

Paul J.A. Kenis (2019)
Richard C. Alkire (1992)

Energy Technology Division Research Award, ECS
Paul J.A. Kenis (2020)

Vittorio de Nora Award, ECS
Richard C. Alkire (2005)

Edward Goodrich Acheson Medal, ECS
Richard C. Alkire (1996)

Carl Wagner Memorial Award, ECS
Richard C. Alkire (1985)

American Physical Society Honors/Awards

Polymer Physics Prize, APS
Steve Granick (2009)
Kenneth S. Schweizer (2008)

Dillon Medal in Polymer Physics, APS
Kenneth S. Schweizer (1991)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers Awards

Ralph Coats Roe Medal, ASME
William S. Hammack, ADME (2020)

Edwin F. Church Medal
William S. Hammack (2002)

Other Career Awards and Honors

Carl Sagan Award for the Public Appreciation of Science, Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP)
William S. Hammack (2019)

New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
Diwakar Shukla (2017)

Non-tenured/Young Faculty Award, 3M
Ying Diao (2018)
Paul J. A. Kenis (2001-2005)

Charles Thom Award, Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology
Huimin Zhao (2016)

Early Career Award, American Vacuum Society, Prairie Chapter
Ying Diao (2019)
David W. Flaherty (2018)
Mary L. Kraft (2015)

Forbes “30 Under 30:” Science
Charles E. Sing (2015)

Rising Star, Biomedical Engineering Society CMB Meeting
Brendan A. Harley (2015)

Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research, American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mary L. Kraft (2014)

Paris-Sciences Medal, City of Paris
Steve Granick (2014, 2002)

Coblentz Society, Craver Award
Rohit Bhargava (2013)

IChemE North America Young Chemical Engineer of the Year
Andrew L. Ferguson (2013)

Teacher/Scholar Award, Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Charles M. Schroeder (2013)
William S. Hammack (1993)

Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
Huimin Zhao (2012)

Innovation Award, Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies
Rohit Bhargava (2012)

Society of Rheology Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award
Charles M. Schroeder (2012)

Korean Institute for Chemical Engineers President Young Investigator Award
Hyun Joon Kong (2011)

President’s Award for Research, American Cancer Society of Illinois
Brendan A. Harley (2011)

Packard Fellowship, David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Charles M. Schroeder (2011)

Career Award at the Scientific Interface, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Mary L. Kraft (2007-2011)

Innovation in Biotechnology Award, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
Diwakar Shukla (2011)

First Prize, Video, Science Online
William S. Hammack (2011)

National Materials Advancement Award, Federation of Materials Societies
Richard C. Alkire (2010)

J. Stanley Morehouse Memorial Award, College of Engineering, Villanova University
Thomas J. Hanratty* (2009)

Tomorrow’s PIs, Genome Technology
Charles M. Schroeder (2008)

Scientist Development Grant, American Heart Association
Hyun Joon Kong (2008)

Outstanding Overseas Young Chinese Scholars Award, Chinese National Science Foundation
Huimin Zhao (2007)

DoD Young Investigator, Prostate Cancer Research Program
Rohit Bhargava (2007)

Pathway to Independence Award, National Institutes of Health
Charles M. Schroeder (2006-2011)

Young Investigator Award, DuPont
Huimin Zhao (2005)

Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering the Public Understanding of the Profession, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
William S. Hammack (2004)

Science Writing Award in Broadcast Media, American Institute of Physics
William S. Hammack (2004)

The President’s Award, American Society for Engineering Education
William S. Hammack (2003)

Silver Reel for National News & Commentary, National Federation of Community Broadcasters
William S. Hammack (2003)

Lifetime National Associate, for extraordinary contributions to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Richard C. Alkire (2002)

Science in Society Award, National Association of Science Writers
William S. Hammack (2002)

Special Recognition Award, Dow Chemical Company
Huimin Zhao (1999, 2000)

Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Materials Chemistry, Department of Energy
Kenneth S. Schweizer (1996)

Moulton Medal, Institution of Chemical Engineers
Charles F. Zukoski (1996)

Society of Rheology Publication Award
Charles M. Schroeder (2019)
Charles F. Zukoski (1996)

Inventor Recognition Award, Semiconductor Research Corporation
Edmund G. Seebauer (1995)

Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Diwakar Shukla (2019)
Ying Diao (2018)
Edmund G. Seebauer (1994)

FIRST Award, National Institute of Health
Deborah E. Leckband (1994)

R&D 100 Award for Technologically Significant Innovation, R&D Magazine
Kenneth S. Schweizer (1992)

Award for Excellence, Sandia National Laboratories
Kenneth S. Schweizer (1990)

Technical Achievement Award, National Association of Corrosion Engineers
Richard C. Alkire (1990)

George Washington Kidd Outstanding Alumnus Award, Lafayette College
Richard C. Alkire (1988)

Young Faculty Award, DuPont
Edmund G. Seebauer (1988)

Senior Research Award, American Society for Engineering Education
Thomas J. Hanratty* (1979)

Curtis McGraw Award, American Society for Engineering Education
Thomas J. Hanratty* (1963)


Campus Awards

Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Brendan Harley (2017-2018)

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent

Every semester, the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning recognizes faculty who have been ranked as excellent, based on student evaluations. We are proud to have many of our current faculty appear on this list.

Joshua E. Bennett
Rohit Bhargava
Ying Diao
David W. Flaherty
Damien Guironnet
William S. Hammack
Brendan A. Harley
Jonathan J.L. Higdon
Paul J.A. Kenis
Hyun Joon Kong
Mary L. Kraft
Christopher V. Rao
Simon A. Rogers
Charles M. Schroeder
Edmund G. Seebauer
Diwakar M. Shukla
Charles E. Sing

University Scholars

The Faculty Scholar Program recognizes outstanding faculty members and provides each scholar with funding to enhance their scholarly activities.
Paul J.A. Kenis (2011)
Huimin Zhao (2007)
Deborah E. Leckband (2001)
Steve Granick (1997)
Charles F. Zukoski (1994)
Thomas Hanratty* (1986)

Center for Advanced Study

University of Illinois faculty are invited to submit scholarly or creative proposals for consideration by the center’s permanent professors. Faculty members with winning proposals are appointed Associates and Fellows and awarded release time to pursue their projects.

Diwakar Shukla (Fellow, 2020-2021)
Ying Diao (Beckman Fellow, 2019-2020)
Brendan A. Harley (Fellow, 2015-2016)
Charles M. Schroeder (Beckman Fellow, 2014)
Hyun Joon Kong (Fellow, 2012-2013)
Rohit Bhargava (Fellow, 2010)
Paul J. A. Kenis (Beckman Fellow, 2007-2008)
Steve Granick (Associate, 2006)
Huimin Zhao (Beckman Fellow, 2005-2006)
Edmund G. Seebauer (Beckman Associate (2004-2005)
Deborah Leckband (Fellow, 1999)

University of Illinois Campus Distinguished Promotion Award

Brendan A. Harley (2018, 2015)
Hyunjoon Kong (2016)
Rohit Bhargava (2011)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Branding Leadership Award

William S. Hammack (2011)

Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement

Jerrod A. Henderson (2015)

School of Chemical Sciences Recognitions

Excellence in Teaching Award

Charles Sing (2017-2018)
Ying Diao (2016-2017)
Damien Guironnet (2015-2016)
David W. Flaherty (2014-2015)
Mary L. Kraft (2014-2015)
Troy J. Vogel (2014-2015)
Christopher V. Rao (2008)
Paul J. A. Kenis (2006)
William S. Hammack (2005, 2001)
Huimin Zhao (2004)
Edmund G. Seebauer (1996)
Jonathan J.L. Higdon (1984, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998)
Richard C. Alkire (1982, 1988)

College of Engineering Recognitions

Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence

In honor of College of Engineering Dean Emeritus William L. Everitt, this award annually recognizes one engineering faculty member for outstanding undergraduate teaching.
Brendan Harley (2014)
Rohit Bhargava (2009)
Kenneth S. Schweizer (2002)
Charles F. Zukoski (1992)

Academy of Excellence in Engineering Education

Recognizes outstanding development or use of new and innovative teaching methods.
Damien Guironnet (Collins Scholar, 2014-2015)
Diwakar Shukla (Collins Scholar, 2014-2015)
Charles Sing (Collins Scholar, 2014-2015)
Rohit Bhargava (Collins Scholar, 2005; Fellow, 2013-2014)
Paul J. A. Kenis (Collins Scholar, 2001)
Huimin Zhao (Collins Scholar, 2001)

Engineering Council Excellence in Advising Award

An annual recognition of the top 10 percent of engineering advisors selected by engineering students. Many current faculty have received this honor.

David W. Flaherty
Rohit Bhargava
Kenneth S. Schweizer
Steve Granick
Brendan A. Harley
Jonathan J.L. Higdon
Paul J. A. Kenis
Mary L. Kraft
Charles M. Schroeder
Diwakar Shukla
Edmund G. Seebauer
William S. Hammack
Troy Vogel
Huimin Zhao

Rose Award for Teaching Excellence

Rohit Bhargava (2012)

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research (formerly the Xerox Award for Faculty Research)

Ying Diao (2019)
David W. Flaherty (2018)
Brendan Harley (2018)
Hyun Joon Kong (2016)
Christopher V. Rao (2014)
Charles M. Schroeder (2013)
Hyun Joon Kong (2012)
Rohit Bhargava (2011)
Paul J. A. Kenis ( 2006)
Huimin Zhao (2005)
Deborah E. Leckband (1998)
Steve Granick (1993)

Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award

Recognizes engineering faculty who have received national or international acclaim for dedication to academic excellence through teaching and research and have made exemplary contributions to the understanding of their fields.
Kenneth S. Schweizer (2008)

Founder Chair of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering

Steve Granick (1999-)

Donald Burnett Teaching Award, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Kenneth S. Schweizer (1997)

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Recognitions

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Brendan Harley (2017-2018)
Prokasy Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Jonathan J. L. Higdon (1988)

Named Chairs and Professorships

Richard C. Alkire Professor/Chair in Chemical Engineering
The Richard C. Alkire Professorship, and later the Richard C. Alkire Chair, were established in honor of longtime Illinois professor Richard Alkire, who joined the department in 1969. A distinguished scholar in electrochemical engineering, electrodeposition and corrosion and etching, Dr. Alkire was elected into the National Academy of Engineering in 1988. He served as department head from 1986 to 1994 and is the Charles and Dorothy Prizer Chair Emeritus.

Hong Yang, Richard C. Alkire Professor (2015–2018)
Hong Yang, Richard C. Alkire Chair (2018-)

William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor
The William H. and Janet G. Lycan Chemical Science Faculty Excellence Fund was established in 1990 and supports faculty positions in the School of Chemical Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. William H. Lycan’s career is marked by his accomplishments and dedication to the chemical sciences. Both Lycans received their degrees from the University of Illinois. William Lycan earned his bachelor’s (1924), master’s (1926) and doctoral degrees (1929) in chemistry, studying under Roger Adams.

William S. Hammack (2019-)
Baron G. Peters (2019-)
Paul J.A. Kenis (2013–2018)
Charles F. Zukoski (2000–2011)
Douglas A. Lauffenburger (1993–1995)
Anthony J. McHugh (1995–1998)

Dennis and Cathy Houston Professor
The Houston Professorship was made possible by Dennis and Cathy Houston. Mr. Houston received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1974. After graduation, he joined Exxon and was a key member of the transition team that oversaw the merger of Exxon and Mobil in 1998. He retired from ExxonMobil in 2010 after more than 35 years with the company, serving as Executive Vice President, Refining and Supply Company and Chairman and President of ExxonMobil Sales and Supply. Cathy Houston earned a degree in accounting from Louisiana State University and worked in the banking and oil and gas industry.

Jonathan J. L. Higdon (2013–)

Steven L. Miller Chair in Chemical Engineering
The Miller chair was made possible by Illinois alumni Steven and Sheila Miller. Steve Miller received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Illinois in 1967 and is the retired chairman, vice president and CEO of Shell Oil Company and retired managing director of the Royal Dutch Shell Group. Sheila Miller received her BS in Education from Illinois in 1967. Steve Miller is currently chairman and president of SLM Discovery Ventures and is on the University of Illinois Foundation’s board of directors. A former convocation speaker and the inaugural Samuel W. Parr Lecturer, he’s been a longtime supporter of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Huimin Zhao (2016–)

Elio Eliakim Tarika Chair

The Elio Eliakim Tarika Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering, or “Tarika Chair,” was created in honor of Elio Tarika by his late wife, Nancy Tarika. Mr. Tarika emmigrated to the U.S. after World War II from Egypt and obtained his BS in Chemical Engineering from Illinois in 1949. He had a long and successful career as a researcher and executive in the chemical industry, mostly with Union Carbide. In 1990, he retired as chairman of the board of the Viskase Corporation.

Paul J.A. Kenis (2018-)
Charles F. Zukoski (2011-2012)

Elio Eliakim Tarika Chair Emeritus
Charles F. Zukoski (2012-)

James W. Westwater Professor
James W. Westwater was a University of Illinois alumnus and longtime faculty member in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. After receiving his BS in Chemical Engineering from Illinois in 1941, he went on to graduate work at the University of Delaware, receiving his PhD in 1948. He then returned to the University of Illinois and devoted his entire career to the institution. As a professor of chemical engineering, he was an educator, researcher and director of 41 doctoral students. He served as department head from 1962 to 1980 and retired in 1988. In 1974, he was elected into the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to boiling heat transfer by high-speed photography at great magnification. Alumni and friends established the named professorship to honor his distinguished career.

Edmund G. Seebauer (2006–)
Deborah E. Leckband (2004-2006)
Anthony McHugh (2000-2003)
K. Dane Wittrup (1998-1999)
Thomas J. Hanratty* (1986-1998)

G. Ronald and Margaret H. Morris Professor
Kenneth S. Schweizer (2001–)

Charles J. and Dorothy G. Prizer Chair Emeritus
Richard C. Alkire

Reid T. Milner Professor
Reid T. Milner graduated from the University of Illinois in with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1924 and an MS in Physical Chemistry in 1925. He later earned his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and worked with U.S. Bureau of Mines and the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. He established many programs in soybean research and led labs in Urbana and Peoria. Dr. Milner served as head of the University of Illinois Department of Food Technology (now Food Science and Human Nutrition) from 1954 until he retired in 1971.
Deborah E. Leckband (2006–)

Named Scholars

I.C. Gunsalus Scholar
Brendan A. Harley (2015-2016)

Ray and Beverly Mentzer Faculty Scholar
Charles M. Schroeder (2015–2017)

Donald and Dolores Morris Faculty Scholar
William S. Hammack (2014–2016)

Donald and Dolores Morris Professorial Scholar
William S. Hammack (2018–)

Centennial Scholar
Hyun Joon Kong (2013-2016)

Robert W. Schaefer Scholar
Brendan A. Harley (2016-2019)
Mary L. Kraft (2016-2019)
Christopher V. Rao (2012-2017)

Helen Corley Petit Scholar
Christopher V. Rao (2011-2012)
Paul J. A. Kenis (2007-2008)
Huimin Zhao (2006-2007)
Deborah E. Leckband (1999-2000)

Dow Chemical Faculty Scholar
David W. Flaherty (2012-2017)
Ying Diao (2015-2019)

*Deceased faculty member.R

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