272237 Mini-Session On David Himmelblau

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: 10:35 AM
329 (Convention Center )
Thomas F. Edgar, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX and Warren D. Seider, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

This session will feature reflections on the life and career of David Himmelblau.

Professor Himmelblau taught at the university for 42 years.  He authored 11 books and over 200 articles on process analysis, process optimization and fault detection using artificial neural networks.

His book “Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering” was recognized as one of the most important books in the field by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

“Dr. Himmelblau is one of the professors I remember most fondly from my years in the graduate program at UT Austin,” said Victor Martinez.  “I used his textbook in basic chemical engineering calculations as an undergraduate and it was such a great honor to meet him in person when I arrived for my doctorate. He was such a joy to talk to, always in a good mood and always willing to help.”

Himmelblau was president of the Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering Education Corporation (CACHE) as well a director of AIChE during his career. He received numerous awards, including the CACHE Award from the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education; the Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award; and the AIChE Founders Award.

He received his bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1947 after serving as an officer in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1957 he earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Washington.

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