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Illinois alumnus receives honorary doctorate in Spain

University of Illinois alumnus Dr. H. Scott Fogler, “a towering figure in the world of chemical engineering,” recently received an honorary doctorate from Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain. URV Rector Josep Anton Ferré praised Dr. Fogler for his excellent work in teaching, research, and transfer.

During the ceremony, URV Professor Azael Fabregat called Dr. Fogler “a key figure in the recent history of chemical engineering,” and an “excellent autodidact, a great researcher and a good transmitter of knowledge.” He is the first chemical engineer to receive an honorary doctorate from URV and, by the same token, the URV’s honorary doctorate is the first that Dr. Fogler has received, according to the university.

Dr. Scott Fogler, who received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Illinois in 1962, recently received an honorary doctorate from Universitat Rovira i Virgili.
Dr. Scott Fogler, who received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Illinois in 1962, recently received an honorary doctorate from Universitat Rovira i Virgili.

Dr. Fogler is the Ame and Catherine Vennema Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and was president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2009. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Illinois in 1962 and his MS and PhD from the University of Colorado. He is the author of Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Strategies for Creative Problem Solving. The ideas presented in his books have inspired, among others, the educational model implemented by the URV’s School of Chemical Engineering, according to the university.

Dr. Fogler has received numerous honors and awards from the University of Michigan and other institutions across the U.S., and he has been recognized for his work at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). His research interests have focused on the application of chemical reaction engineering principles to the petroleum industry, transport and reaction in porous media, gelation kinetics and asphaltene stability multiphase flows.

During the ceremony, Ferré presented Dr. Fogler with the traditional symbols of investiture dating back to medieval times, including a medal, cap, book on science and wisdom, ring, and a pair of white gloves.

For more information, please visit the Rovira I Virgili University website.