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  • 21st September 2018

Chemical engineering professors recognised with Royal Academy fellowship

Article by Amanda Jasi

Left to right: Chris Hewitt, Zhibing Zhang, and Barry Lennox

CHEMICAL engineering professors and IChemE members, Chris Hewitt, Zhibing Zhang, and Barry Lennox, have been elected Fellows of the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) for their outstanding contributions to engineering.

IChemE Fellow Chris Hewitt, executive dean and professor of biological engineering at Aston University, has been recognised by RAEng for his distinguished research in biological engineering. He co-founded the Centre for Biological Engineering at Loughborough University, which has become a leading university in regenerative medicine bioprocessing. He has also had numerous papers published on his stem cell research.

In addition, Hewitt was recently awarded IChemE’s Donald Medal for his contributions to biochemical engineering. He is a committee member of IChemE’s Biochemical Engineering Special Interest Group and has been an IChemE Fellow since 2009.

The University of Birmingham’s Zhibing Zhang, professor of chemical engineering, specialises in micromanipulation of particles and encapsulation. His work has been applied in industry to develop products that have sold for more than US$100m. He was recognised by RAEng as a leading contributor to transforming academic chemical engineering in product development.

An IChemE Fellow since 2005, Zhang has championed the importance of being a professionally qualified chemical engineer. He volunteers as a mentor, and as an interviewer for individuals applying to become Chartered Engineers. He also assesses universities seeking IChemE accreditation of their chemical engineering courses.  

Barry Lennox became an IChemE Associate Member in 2005. He is professor of applied control at the University of Manchester and research director of the Dalton Cumbrian Facility. Lennox oversees the UK’s largest research group in nuclear robotics and is a world-leading figure in control and instrumentation. He was elected as a RAEng Fellow for promoting engineering and for his influential work on national committees, including the Engineering Professors’ Council.

Zhang and Lennox commented on their elections.

Zhang said: “I am delighted to have been elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering this year, and very grateful to all my mentors, research group members, collaborators and sponsors. Chemical engineering is a great profession, and the chemical engineers in the UK have made tremendous contributions to the human civilisation and can still have a great deal to offer to the society. Collectively, we can make this planet a much better place to live for everybody.”

Lennox said: “I’m thrilled and honoured to join the Royal Academy of Engineering as one of the 2018 new Fellows. Any success that I have had in engineering has resulted from close collaboration with other people and I am very grateful to the many brilliant and talented engineers with whom I have had the opportunity to work.”

IChemE chief executive, Jon Prichard, commented: “I am delighted that Chris, Zhibing and Barry have been recognised by their peers for their contributions to chemical engineering. All three are fantastic examples of how their work in the profession is having a positive impact on society.

“As enthusiastic professional chemical engineers, and experts in their fields, their recognition is well deserved. IChemE is keen to see their work supported in the years ahead.”

RAEng has posted a full list of new RAEng Fellows.

Article by Amanda Jasi

Staff reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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