Arvind Varma (1947-2019)

R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering

FRNY 1027
Purdue University
Davidson School of Chemical Engineering
Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
480 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2100
(765) 494-8484 (office)
Joined Purdue in 2004
B.S., Panjab University, India
M.S., University of New Brunswick, Canada
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Research Group

Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Associates

  • Eric Walter
  • Yuan Wang
  • Yang Xiao

Graduate Students

  • Ryan Adams (co-advised with Vilas Pol)
  • Wooram Kang
  • Rexonni Lagare
  • Johnny Zhuchen (co-advised with Jeff Miller)

Undergraduate Researchers

  • Lindsey Blanshan

Awards and Honors

Indo-American Fellowship, Fulbright Scholar Award, 1988-89
College of Engineering Teacher of the Year Award, Univ. of Notre Dame, 1991
Special Presidential Award, Univ. of Notre Dame, 1992
R.H. Wilhelm Award, AIChE, 1993
Series Editor (Founding), Cambridge Series in Chemical Engineering, 1996-present
Burns Graduate School Award, Univ. of Notre Dame, 1997
Ernest W. Thiele Award, AIChE (Chicago section), 1998
Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, ASEE, 2000
Research Achievement Award (Inaugural), University of Notre Dame, 2001
Honorary Fellow (Inaugural batch), Indian Institute of Chem. Engineers, 2001
Technologies of the Year (one of five), Industry Week, 2005
Honoree, 60th Birthday sessions - I & II, AIChE Annual Meeting, 2007
Distinguished ChE Alumnus (Inaugural batch of 3), Panjab University, 2008
Distinguished University Alumnus, Panjab University, 2008
Fellow, AIChE, 2008
Honoree, Festschrift issue, I&EC Research (Volume 47, No. 23), 2008
Elected Foreign Member, Academy of Engineering, Mexico, 2010
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011
Fellow, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division, American Chemical Society, 2011
Leadership Award, College of Engineering, Purdue University, 2011
Warren K. Lewis Award, AIChE, 2013
Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, Purdue University, 2015
Arden L. Bement Jr Award for Pure or Applied Science or Engineering, Purdue University, 2016
Innovator Hall of Fame, Purdue University, 2016
Giulio Natta Medal in Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 2017
Benjamin Garver Lamme Award, ASEE, 2018

Dr. Varma: Books Published

Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering, A. Varma and M. Morbidelli, 690 + xvi pages, Oxford University Press, New York, 1997.

Parametric Sensitivity in Chemical Systems, A. Varma, M. Morbidelli and H. Wu, 342+xvi pages, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K., 1999.

Catalyst Design: Optimal Distribution of Catalyst in Pellets, Reactors and Membranes, M. Morbidelli, A. Gavriilidis and A. Varma, 227 + xii pages, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K., 2001.

Edited Books

The Mathematical Understanding of Chemical Engineering Systems: Selected Papers of N. R. Amundson, R. Aris and A. Varma (Editors), Pergamon Press, 829 pages, 1980.

Chemical Reaction and Reactor Engineering, J. J. Carberry and A. Varma (Editors), Marcel Dekker, 1069 pages, 1987.

 

Dr. Arvind Varma: News Releases

April 2018

ChE's Arvind Varma receives 2018 ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award

Dr. Arvind Varma, R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, has been selected to receive the 2018 American Society for Engineering Education Benjamin Garver Lamme Award for his distinguished accomplishments.

May 2017

Professor Arvind Varma awarded 2017 Giulio Natta Medal in Chemical Engineering

Dr. Arvind Varma, the R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, has been awarded the 2017 Giulio Natta Medal in Chemical Engineering.

July 2016

Professor Arvind Varma honored with Purdue’s 2016 Arden L. Bement Jr. Award

Arvind Varma, Purdue University’s R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld Head of the School of Chemical Engineering, will receive the 2016 Arden L. Bement Jr. Award.

March 2015

Arvind Varma Receives the 2015 Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award

The Purdue chapter of Sigma Xi announced that Arvind Varma is the winner of the 2015 Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award.

June 2013

Arvind Varma is the Winner of the 2013 AIChE Warren K. Lewis Award

Arvind Varma, the R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld Head of the School of Chemical Engineering, is the winner of the 2013 AIChE Warren K. Lewis Award for Chemical Engineering Education.

January 2011

Arvind Varma Elected AAAS Fellow

Arvind Varma, R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor and Head, School of Chemical Engineering, is elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

August 2010

Professor A. Varma Elected Foreign Member of Mexico’s Academy of Engineering

Arvind Varma, R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor and Head, School of Chemical Engineering, has been elected as an Academico Correspondiente (Corresponding Academician, the category for foreign members) of Mexico's Academy of Engineering. This election is in recognition of his academic and professional accomplishments as well as his contributions in support of Chemical Engineering in Mexico.

June 2010

New process is promising for hydrogen fuel cell cars

A new process for storing and generating hydrogen to run fuel cells in cars has been invented by chemical engineers at Purdue University. The process, given the name hydrothermolysis, uses a powdered chemical called ammonia borane, which has one of the highest hydrogen contents of all solid materials.

June 2010

Professor A. Varma Named Fellow of the Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society

The Industrial & Engineering Chemistry (IEC) Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Arvind Varma, R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor and Head, School of Chemical Engineering, as a Fellow of the Division.

March 2009

Indiana has promising sites for underground coal “gasification” plants, according to A. Varma and E. Shafirovich

A new report pinpoints promising sites in five southwestern Indiana counties for underground operations that can convert coal into a gas for electricity generation, production of chemicals, and plastics and fuels for cars, trucks and aircraft.

December 2008

Arvind Varma honored with 60th birthday Festschrift and two honors from alma mater

Arvind Varma, R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor and Head, has been honored in a special issue of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research magazine, and received two honors from his undergraduate alma mater, Panjab University, in December 2008.

Ind. Eng. Chem. Research: Arvind Varma - Educator, Researcher and Leader (PDF)

November 2008

Arvind Varma elected Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Arvind Varma, R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Head, Purdue School of Chemical Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

November 2007

Advances in ChE Reaction Engineering: In Honor of Professor Arvind Varma’s 60th Birthday (PDF)

November 2005

AIChE Journal: Heterogeneous Combustion: Recent Developments and New Opportunities For Chemical Engineers (PDF)

August 2005

Hydrogen Generation for Portable Fuel Cells

Purdue Newsroom

Chemistry World

National Geographic

November 2004

ISCRE - 18th International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering: From Molecular to Product and Process Engineering (PDF)

August 2000

Scientific American: Form from Fire (PDF)

February 1998

Chemical Engineering Education: ChE Educator - Arvind Varma of Notre Dame (PDF)