Drs. Mike Ramage and G.V. "Rex" Reklaitis Featured in AIChE Centennial Mini Histories

Recipient: Dr. Mike Ramage and Dr. G.V.
Alumnus Dr. Mike Ramage and faculty member Dr. G.V. "Rex" Reklaitis have been recognized in AIChE mini histories.

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) will celebrate the centennial of it's founding in 2008.  As part of celebrating the past, AIChE is recognizing the life and work of outstanding chemical engineers.  Alumnus Dr. Mike Ramage and faculty member Dr. G.V. "Rex" Reklaitis have received this honor.

The following is taken from the mini history for Dr. Ramage:

Dr. Michael Ramage, B.S. 1966, M.S. 1969, Ph.D. 1971 & HDR 1996, is retired Executive Vice President of the ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. In a distinguished career, all with the Mobil and ExxonMobil, he has been an Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, as well as a Research Associate, Manager of Process Research and Development, General Manager of Exploration and Producing Research, Vice President of Engineering, and  President of Mobil Technology Company . His expertise spans the petroleum and chemical industries. From the beginning of his professional career—earning three degrees in chemical engineering from Purdue University—he has maintained strong ties with the academic community, not only with his alma mater but several university visiting committees. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he serves the AIChE as well as other professional organizations. And in retirement he is again at the forefront of energy innovation, chairing in 2004 the National Research Council's committee on the hydrogen economy, and in 2006 appointed by the Secretary of Energy as a member of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee to “give recommendations to the Secretary regarding DOE’s programs, plans, and activities, as well as safety, economic, and environmental issues related to hydrogen.”

The mini history for Dr. Reklaitis begins with:

G. V. “Rex” Reklaitis, the Edward W. Comings Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been at Purdue since 1970, serving over the years as assistant dean of engineering, graduate education and research (1985-88), director of the Computer Integrated Process Operations Center (1992-99), and Head, School of Chemical Engineering (1987-2004). During this period he created one of the most effective industrial partnerships in the country through the New Directions Program, which has had a dramatic impact on the School’s growth and curriculum development. Rex then guided the program to one of the largest construction projects in the school’s history--the new addition to the building, now Forney Hall.

To read more about these remarkable men, visit the AIChE website here.