Robert Y. Ofoli

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March 27, 2018

Associate professor of chemical engineering elected Fellow of AlChE 

Robert Y. Ofoli of Michigan State University has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AlChE). Fellowship in AlChE represents the highest grade of membership among the organization’s 60,000 members in 110 countries.For distinctive service to chemical engineering and research contributions, Robert Ofoli has been elected a Fellow of AlChE.

He is an associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science. Ofoli is being recognized by AlChE for his distinctive service to chemical engineering, and research contributions in the areas of nanocatalysis and nanostructured interfaces. 

He will be honored for his achievements on Tuesday, April 24, during the 2018 AlChE Spring Meeting in Orlando, Florida. 

Donald Morelli, chairperson and professor of chemical engineering and materials science, said fellowship in AIChE is a clear indication that Ofoli’s peers hold him in the highest esteem. 

“It helps raise the stature not only of Robert, but also of our department, college, and university. We are proud to have him as a colleague,” Morelli added. 

Ofoli has been an active member of AlChE, including serving as the 2017 chair of the AlChE Career and Education Operating Council, and in various roles for the national Chem-E-Car program. 

He is a past winner of the AlChE Gary Leach Award (2007) and has twice received the MSU College of Engineering Withrow Teaching Excellence Award. Ofoli is the advisor for the MSU student chapter of AlChE. 

He received a bachelor’s degree at the University of Maine and two doctoral degrees – a PhD in agricultural engineering from MSU (1984) and a PhD in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (1994).