Professor named Fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers

July 23, 2009 | News, UToday
By Christine M. Smallman



Dr. Steven LeBlanc, UT professor of chemical engineering and associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

This grade of membership testifies to the high honor and esteem LeBlanc is held by his peers through his distinctive professional accomplishments and contributions, according to Dr. Nagi G. Naganathan, dean of the UT College of Engineering.

“Election to the prestigious grade of Fellow signifies sustained, high-impact contributions by a member of a technical society,” Naganathan said. “In addition to his on-campus contributions as a member of our faculty and administration, Dr. LeBlanc has made lasting contributions in mentoring and guiding people of all ages in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields through his National Science Foundation and American Institute of Chemical Engineers summer workshops. This is a well-deserved honor.”

LeBlanc’s service contributions to the college, University and the community are numerous. Most notably he has chaired and co-chaired several forums on engineering education and was recognized in 2001 as the featured educator in chemical engineering education.

And he has received numerous awards, including the Young Chemical Engineer of the Year in 1984, the Herb Thober Award for Chemical Engineer of the Year in 1993, UT’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1982 and the American Society for Engineering Education North Central Section Outstanding Teacher in 2001.

LeBlanc will be formally recognized at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ annual conference in Nashville in November.

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