Professor Phillip R. Westmoreland
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
North Carolina State University
Fellow, The Combustion Institute
Topic: Pericyclic Chemistry in the Anomerization and Pyrolysis of Mono- and Polysaccharides
B.S., Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University (1973)
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University (1975)
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1986)
Professor Phillip R. Westmoreland’s research is in reaction kinetics, focusing on energy, pollution prevention, and reaction engineering using experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches.
His chemical engineering degrees are from N.C. State (BS’73), LSU (MS’74), and MIT (PhD’86). He worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1974-79, served on the Chemical Engineering faculty at UMass Amherst from 1986-2009, and served at NSF in 2006-2009. He is also Honorary Professor at Nanjing University of Technology, was 2015 Professeur invité at the Université de Lorraine, and was 2015-16 Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at Imperial College London.
Prof Westmoreland was 2013 President of AIChE and is a trustee of the educational nonprofit CACHE Corporation, having been its president in 2004-06. He was a board member of AIChE (2009-11), the Combustion Institute (2002-2014), and the Council for Chemical Research (2005-07). In 2000 he was the founding Chair of AIChE’s Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum.
He has been recognized in recent years by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's David Shirley Award, AIChE's Gary Leach Award and George Lappin Award, ASEE's William Corcoran Award, the NSF Director’s Award, the UMass Engineering Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, the 2017 AIChE Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology, and by being elected a Fellow of AIChE and of the Combustion Institute.