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Chen to discuss energy and environment Sept. 19

John C. Chen, former dean and now professor emeritus of chemical engineering, will give a talk on “The World’s Energy and Environmental Challenges” at the weekly seminar of the department of mechanical engineering and mechanics on Friday, September 19, at 4 p.m. in 466 Packard Laboratory.



John Chen

Chen will provide perspective on the energy and environmental challenges facing the 21st century by asking: What are the facts behind the headlines? What is driving the current energy situation? Is there truly a problem and if so, how will it impact our lives? Can conservation and/or alternative energy sources be the answer?

Chen’s talk will echo several that he gave as president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). During his year-long reign, Chen urged engineers to seek technical solutions to modern challenges, especially in developing new sources of energy with environmental sustainability. This topic took on an international theme when Chen was invited by the Chemical College Board of Engineers Australia on a tour of the east coast of Australia, to give talks in the country’s major cities.

Since joining the Lehigh faculty in 1970, Chen has served as professor in the departments of chemical engineering and also mechanical engineering and mechanics, as chair of chemical engineering, and as director of the Thermo-Fluids Institute.

In his research, Chen studies transport phenomena in multi-phase systems, an area affecting industries ranging from power production, to petroleum refining, to polymer processing.

He has published more than 200 technical articles, including one from 1966, “Correlation for Boiling Heat Transfer to Saturated Fluids in Convective Flow,” which in 2003 received the Classic Paper Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Chen has won 16 other major national or international awards, including the Max Jakob Memorial Award, which is the top international prize for achievements in the science and technology of heat transfer.

—Caitlyn Kennedy


Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2008

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