Eric Shaqfeh, the Lester Levi Carter Professor and chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, was recently awarded the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research. The award, established by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), recognizes distinguished accomplishments in fundamental or applied research in the field. Shaqfeh was recognized for his work in suspension mechanics, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics and nonequilibrium polymer statistical dynamics.
Shaqfeh currently leads the Shaqfeh Group, a research lab in the departments of chemical and mechanical engineering. His lab specializes in the flow of complex fluids, including in biofluids (like blood flow or cilia beating in mucus), in foodstuffs, medicines or pastes, as well as those associated with the energy industry, such as drilling muds and fracking fluids.
Shaqfeh is the author of more than 200 publications and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology, the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, the American Physical Society’s François N. Frenkiel Award and the W.M. Keck Foundation Engineering Teaching Excellence Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has been the chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering since 2011. Shaqfeh joined the chemical engineering faculty in 1990 and received a dual appointment in mechanical engineering in 2001.
The Alpha Chi Sigma award is one of the most prestigious awards given annually by the AIChE. Shaqfeh will receive a plaque and honorarium for his accomplishments at the annual meeting honors ceremony this October in Pittsburgh.