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K-State distinguished professor selected for American Institute of Chemical Engineers award

Kansas State University

MANHATTAN, KAN. -- L.T. Fan, university distinguished professor of chemical engineering at Kansas State University, will receive the Particle Technology Forum Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Fan will be presented a plaque and $1,000 honorarium at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Nov. 7, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of particle technology and the teaching of particle technology as evidenced by the aggregate contributions of the nominee's doctorate students to the field. The award also recognizes the advocacy of particle technology within industry, academia and government.

At K-State, Fan is active in both teaching and research. He has traveled the world in connection with conferences and collaborative research, and as a consultant to governmental agencies and private corporations. He has authored or co-authored seven books, several hundred refereed journal articles and is credited with 16 patents.

Fan received his bachelor's degree from the National Taiwan University, master's degree from K- State and a doctorate from West Virginia University, all in chemical engineering. He also earned a master's degree in mathematics from West Virginia.

He returned to the department of chemical engineering at K-State as an instructor in 1958, becoming a full professor in 1963. He was head of the department for 30 years, beginning in 1968. Fan was named a university distinguished professor in 1984, K-State's highest academic ranking. He occupies the Mark H. and Margaret H. Hulings Chair in Engineering and serves as the director of the Institute for Systems Design and Optimization at K-State.

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