Inside Rensselaer
Volume 7, No. 16, October 25, 2013

  Henry Bungay   Howard Littman

AIChE Sessions Honor Henry Bungay, Howard Littman

Two professors emeriti—Henry Bungay and Howard Littman—will be honored next month at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, which will feature sessions devoted to the professors’ singular scientific contributions.

Bungay has had a major influence in the field of biotechnology, especially the dynamics of bioreactors. He also pioneered interactive teaching methods that have become the norm in engineering classrooms.

Littman is one of the world’s leading authorities on particle dynamics and spouted bed technology. Both are AIChE fellows and longtime members of Rensselaer’s Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

The annual meeting draws the nation’s top chemical engineers from both industry and academia. The honorary sessions reflect the professors’ standing among their colleagues.

“Professors Bungay and Littman have had remarkable careers and have made extraordinary, enduring contributions to their fields,” said Georges Belfort, Institute Professor and a member of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. “This is a wonderful opportunity to provide the recognition and appreciation they both so richly deserve.”

Belfort arranged the sessions at the request of prominent AIChE members from outside Rensselaer. The session in honor of Bungay will be held November 4 and has drawn presenters from the College of Nano-scale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany, Delaware Biotechnology Institute at the University of Delaware, Purdue University, Vanderbilt University, Lund University in Sweden, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. Papers will cover Bungay’s innovative teaching methods, polar bear engineering, ethanol fermentation, and other topics related to Bungay’s research.

Littman will be honored during a November 5 session that will include speakers from Rensselaer, Columbia University, Hampton University, The Ohio State University, The University of Texas at Austin, University College London in the United Kingdom, New York State Department of Health Bureau of Water Supply Protection, Dow Chemical Company, and The Linde Group, a global gases and engineering company. Papers will emphasize Littman’s contributions to spouted beds and his intellectual leadership in the theories and research that became known as the Belgrade School of Fluidization.

Before joining Rensselaer in 1976, Bungay worked at Eli Lilly and Company, Worthington Biochemical Corporation, the National Science Foundation, and U.S. Department of Energy. He served as the resident energy fellow at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and held academic positions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Clemson University.

Bungay is the author of five books on environmental and biochemical engineering, including Energy, The Biomass Options, which was named “best technical book” by the American Association of Publishers. The American Chemical Society has honored him with the James M. Van Lanen Distinguished Service Award and the Marvin J. Johnson Award in Microbial and Biochemical Technology.

Littman is widely published and holds several patents. He joined Rensselaer in 1965 after serving as a professor at Syracuse University and in research positions at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory. In 1988 he was recognized with Rensselaer’s William H. Wiley 1866 Distinguished Faculty Award.

Littman was a Fulbright lecturer and an International Research & Exchanges Board research fellow at the University of Belgrade in what is now the nation of Serbia. He also has held visiting professorships at Imperial College in London and Chonnam National University in South Korea, and served as the international lecturer at the 21st Meeting on Fluid Flow in Porous Media in Ouro Preto, Brazil.

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