AIChE Reception

It was our pleasure to host so many friends, alumni, and colleagues at our reception on November 8, 2021, at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers­ where we recognized two years of awards and recognition that have been bestowed upon our distinguished faculty members.

In addition to the accolades listed below, we celebrated the addition of assistant professors Xiao Su and Alex Mironenko and specialized teaching faculty Uzoma Monye and Joachim Floess to our department. 

I hope very much to see you at our reception next year held during the 2022 annual meeting (-Phoenix Convention Center + Hyatt Regency in Phoenix, AZ. 

Thank you for your ongoing engagement. 

Paul J. A. Kenis
Elio E. Tarika Chair
Department Head

Faculty Awards and Recognition


Ying Diao
University of Illinois, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Scholar

Early Career Faculty Award

William Hammack
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers; American Society of Civil Engineers; AIChE; American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers; and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Hoover Medal

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Ralph Coats Roe Medal

Paul Kenis
Electrochemical Society
Energy Technology Division Research Award

Diwakar Shukla
University of Illinois, The Grainger College of Engineering
Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research

Charles Sing
University of Illinois, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Helen Corley Petit Scholar

American Chemical Society
PMSE Young Investigator Symposium Speaker

35 Under 35 Award in the Chemicals & Materials

Xiao Su
Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Thistledown Foundation
Scialog Fellow

ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry
Victor K. LaMer Award


Ying Diao
University of Illinois, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
I.C. Gunsalus Scholar

University of Illinois
Distinguished Promotion Award 

David Flaherty
University of California, Berkeley
Eastman Foundation Distinguished Lecturer in Catalysis

Damien Guironnet
University of Illinois, Center for Advanced Study

William Hammack
National Science Board
Public Service Award

Brendan Harley
Society For Biomaterials
Clemson Award

Biomedical Engineering Society

Hyunjoon Kong
University of Illinois, School of Chemical Sciences
Teaching Award

Deborah Leckband
Langmuir/ACS Division of Colloid & Surface Chemistry
Lectureship Award

Baron Peters
AIChE Crystallization and Evaporation Area

Kenneth Schweizer
American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Diwakar Shukla
University of Illinois, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Scholar

Journal of Physical Chemistry/PHYS Division
Lectureship Award

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