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ChemE’s Dr. George Klinzing receives honorary doctorate from Australia’s University of New Castle

PITTSBURGH (November 24, 2014) … George A. Klinzing, PhD , the William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, recently received a Doctorate of Engineering honoris causa from the University of Newcastle in Australia. Dr. Klinzing was nominated honorary doctorate by Mark Jones, PhD, President of the Academic Senate and Head of the School of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Built Environment. The doctorate was presented by Caroline McMillen, PhD, Vice-Chancellor and President during a ceremony October 3 at the University of New Castle.

Dr. Klinzing's research is in the field of solids processing spanning the topics of coal cleaning, coal-water slurries, coal dewatering, combustion, pneumatic conveying of most industrial bulk solids. He holds four patents in this area and holds copyrights on four computer packages involving calculations and artificial intelligence.

Dr. Klinzing earned his bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1959 and a PhD in chemical engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1963. He joined the Pitt faculty in 1966 after three years on a university development project in Quito, Ecuador. From 1995-2012 he served as the University's Vice Provost for Research. He has given over 200 technical presentations at professional meetings, universities, and industries both nationally and internationally, and has advised 25 Ph.D. students and 54 M.S. students. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

About the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
The Swanson School's Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering serves undergraduate and graduate engineering students, the University and industry, through education, research, and participation in professional organizations and regional/national initiatives. The Department maintains a tradition of excellence in education and research, evidenced by recent national awards including numerous NSF CAREER Awards, a Beckman Young Investigator Award, an NIH Director's New Innovator Award, and the DOE Hydrogen Program R&D Award, among others. Active areas of research in the Department include Biological and Biomedical Systems; Energy and Sustainability; and Materials Modeling and Design.

The faculty holds a record of success in obtaining research funding such that the Department ranks within the top 25 U.S. ChE departments for Federal R&D spending in recent years with annual research expenditures exceeding $7 million. The vibrant research culture within the Department includes active collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Center for Simulation and Modeling, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, the Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering and the U.S. DOE-affiliated Institute for Advanced Energy Solutions.


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