Professor Simon Rogers earns Metzner Early Career Award from The Society of Rheology


Claire Benjamin

Simon Rogers - professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering
 Simon Rogers

The Society of Rheology has awarded chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Simon Rogers the prestigious Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award in recognition of his distinguished rheological research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Rogers received this distinction "For developing fundamentally new experimental and analytical methods for linear and nonlinear transient rheology that have provided an improved understanding of complex flow phenomena in yield stress fluids, polymer solutions, and colloidal suspensions."

“It is an honor to be recognized by the society that is central to my research,” Rogers said. “This recognition is the result of many collaborations, and I am grateful to my students, mentors, and colleagues who have supported our efforts to better understand how matter flows and deforms.”  

Rogers has studied rheology, the study of how matter flows and deforms, for over 15 years. His research group investigates the fundamental physics behind time-dependent phenomena exhibited by soft matter under deformation for biomedical, energy, and environmental applications. Rogers earned bachelor’s and honors degrees in physics from Victoria University of Wellington and a doctorate in physics from the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnologies at Victoria University. He joined the department in 2015.  

The award is named for Arthur B. Metzner, a distinguished rheologist, 1977 Bingham Medalist, and past editor of the Journal of Rheology. As the 2022 Metzner Awardee,  Rogers will receive a plaque and an honorarium. He will also give a celebratory Metzner lecture at the 93rd Annual Meeting of The Society of Rheology, held October 9-13, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois. 

Former award winners from UIUC include chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Charles Schroeder (2012) and mechanical science and engineering professor Randy Ewoldt (2014).