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The American Institute of Chemical Engineers recently bestowed a top honor on UT’s Bamin Khomami, as the group’s board of directors announced his election as an AIChE Fellow.

Bamin KhomamiKhomami, who leads the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was selected for the honor based on what the AIChE said was “the high esteem with which your colleagues and peers view your distinctive professional achievements and accomplishments.”

“It is very gratifying to be recognized for my contributions to the chemical engineering profession,” said Khomami. “This recognition also confirms that our collective professional achievements in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UT are being recognized by our most accomplished peers.”

It’s not the first accolade for Khomami, who came to UT in 2006.

He was named the outstanding faculty member for the College of Engineering in his first year at UT, was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2009, won a national teaching award in 1993 and was named a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator in 1991.

Additionally, he serves as the Armour T. Granger and the Alvin and Sally Beaman Distinguished University Professor.

“Bamin Khomami is a dynamic researcher, leader and member of our campus community,” said Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering. “This award is confirmation of the important work he has done to advance the field of chemical engineering, both in and out of the classroom.”

Khomami’s studies of everything from complex fluids and polymers to nano-and micro-structured materials have opened up new avenues and possibilities, particularly in the ever-important fields of medicine and energy.

“The diversity of our research areas provides us with great opportunities for elucidating various fundamental physical phenomena and translating them into rational design and engineering of advanced materials,” said Khomami, who also has served as the director of UT’s Sustainable Energy Education and Research Center since 2008.

That expertise has resulted in more than 140 archival journal publications and more than 100 invited speaking engagements and presentations around the world.

Khomami will be formally inducted at the group’s November meetings in Salt Lake City.



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