(MENAFN- Gulf Times) Dr Ioannis G Economou, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of chemical engineering at Texas A & M University at Qatar (Tamuq), has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Fellow is AIChE's highest grade of membership and is achieved only through election by the AIChE Board of Directors.
Economou said:“This is a great honour for me and recognises almost 30 years of scholarship work in academia, national labs and industry. Being a faculty of Tamuq during the last decade has been the highlight of my career and helped me tremendously in regional and international research collaborations.”
As associate dean for academic affairs, Economou is responsible for the co-ordination and management of all academic issues of the branch campus. He joined Tamuq faculty in 2013. He holds a diploma from the National Technical University of Athens (Greece) and a PhD. from The Johns Hopkins University (US), both in chemical engineering. He pursued post-doctoral research in Delft University (The Netherlands) and in Exxon Research and Engineering Company (US), and held visiting faculty/researcher positions in University College London (UK), the Technical University of Denmark and Princeton University (US).
A world-renowned researcher, Economou’s work focuses on the design, development, validation and application of state-of-the art models to predict the structure and physical properties of complex chemical systems that are of interest to the oil-and-gas and chemical-processing industries, to the protection of the natural environment, and to society at large.
He has consulted extensively for major oil and chemical companies in North America, Europe and Middle East. He has supervised 19 master’s students, 14 PhD students and 16 postdoctoral researchers.
Dr César Octavio Malavé, dean Tamuq, said,“Election to Fellow status of any professional organisation is one of the highest honours someone can receive. Dr Economou is a true engineering leader and a valued member of our community, and this recognition reflects his outstanding record of teaching, research and service throughout his career.”
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