Science and Technology Center. Dr. Tao was named director of research and commercial development for the advanced separations department in 1989, and was appointed director of the department in 1991. He became corporate director of environmental, health, and safety assurance in 1992, and assumed his current position in December 1994. He received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, an M.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He has authored nearly 40 papers and holds nine U.S. patents. Dr. Tao is a member of the Commercial Development Association, Licensing Executive Society, Industrial Research Institute, Council of Chemical Research, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is the current chair of Chemical Industry Environmental Technology Projects and a board member of the Penn State Research Foundation and the chair of the Management Committee of the Air Products-Imperial College Strategic Alliance and the Air Products-Penn State Research Alliance. He served on the advisory council for the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Pennsylvania, and is active in the Lehigh Valley Business-Education Partnership.
Matthew V. Tirrell is the dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He was previously professor and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota, where he served as director of its Biomedical Engineering Institute. He received a B.S. degree from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Massachusetts. His interests are in transport and interfacial properties of polymers, with particular emphasis on molecular-scale mechanical measurements, bioadhesion, and new materials development. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
William A. Wakeham has been the pro rector (research) at Imperial College since 1996, having previously spent eight years as head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology. In addition, he became deputy rector of the college in 1997 and pro rector (resources) in 1999.
Professor Wakeham is interested in the relationship between the bulk thermophysical properties of fluids and the intermolecular forces between the molecules that comprise them. Thus, at one extreme, he is involved in the determination of intermolecular forces from measurements of macroscopic properties and the development and application of the statistical mechanics and kinetic theory that interrelate them. He is also actively involved in the measurement of the thermophysical properties of fluids under a very wide variety of thermodynamic states. The same thermophysical properties find application in the process industries within the design of a plant. A part of Professor Wakeham's activities are therefore concerned with the representation and extension of a body of accurate information on thermophysical properties in a fashion that allows their use with software packages for process simulation.
Professor Wakeham is the author or editor of 6 books and over 300 papers in the field of thermophysics; he is the editor of the Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics and the chair of Commission I.2 on Thermodynamics of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and of its Subcommittee on Transport Properties.