Professor Lynn F. Gladden, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge, has been elected to the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) as a foreign member.
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honours those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."
Prof Gladden was elected for contributions to chemical reactor engineering through the uniquely specific application of magnetic resonance imaging.
Two of our alumni, Gavin Towler and Graeme Jameson, were also elected.
Gavin P. Towler was elected for process designs for commercial petrochemicals and for leadership in refining and chemical research.
Dr Towler completed an MEng in Chemical Engineering here in Cambridge in 1989 and then did a PhD at the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently vice president and chief technology officer at UOP LLC (a Honeywell company), based in Des Plaines, Illinois. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, Illinois and the co-author, with Ray Sinnott, of the text book 'Chemical Engineering Design'.
Graeme John Jameson was recognised for development of innovative flotation technology for advanced mineral processing.
Professor Jameson completed his PhD here in the 1960s, on the Behaviour of a bubble in a vertically oscillating liquid, supervised by Professor John Davidson. He went on to develop the Jameson Cell in the 1980s. In the Jameson Cell, bubble sizes are controlled to improve separation of, for example, fine coal particles from fine stone. It is widely used in mineral processing.
Professor Jameson is currently Laureate Professor of Chemical Engineering and director, Centre for Multiphase Processes, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 67 new members and 12 foreign members, bringing the total U.S. membership to 2,263 and the number of foreign members to 221.