CHF Mourns John Chen
January 6, 2014 -
John Chen, emeritus C. R. Anderson Professor of Chemical Engineering and dean of engineering at Lehigh University, and a member of the Chemical Heritage Foundation Board of Directors, passed away on December 31.
Chen was an appointed member of CHF's board, representing the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and had just started his second three-year term. He served on the board's finance committee and programs and collections committee. He was also instrumental on the search committee that selected Carsten Reinhardt as CHF’s third president.
His professional experience includes periods in the chemical industry at Lummus Corp., at the national laboratory in Brookhaven, and at Lehigh University. At Lehigh he served as professor in chemical engineering, chair of the Chemical Engineering Department, and dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Chen's research on multiphase transport phenomena has been recognized by over a dozen national and international awards, including the D. Q. Kern Award, the Heat Transfer Division Award, the Thomas Baron Award, and the Max Jakob Award.
He was a member of the boards of the Chemical Council for Research, AIChE, and the Engineering Conferences International. His degrees in chemical engineering are from The Cooper Union, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Michigan. Chen served as AIChE president in 2006.
The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) is a collections-based nonprofit organization that preserves the history and heritage of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences and technologies. In bridging science with the humanities, arts, and social sciences, CHF is committed to building a vibrant, international community of scholars; creating a rich source of traditional and emerging media; expanding the reach of our museum; and engaging the broader society through inventive public events.