Prize Recipient

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Howard Brenner
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


"For his outstanding and sustained research in physico-chemical hydrodynamics, the quality of his monographs and textbooks, and his long-standing service to the fluid mechanics community."


Born and raised in New York City, Howard Brenner received his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Pratt Institute in 1950 and Ph.D. from New York University in 1957. His 46-year career as a chemical engineering faculty member includes New York University (1955-1966), Carnegie-Mellon University (1966-1977), the University of Rochester --- as Departmental Chair (1977-1981) and, since 1981, MIT, where he is currently W.H. Dow Professor. Brenner has co-authored three fluid dynamics books, namely "Low Reynolds Number Hydrodynamics (1965)," "Interfacial Transport Processes and Rheology (1991), " and "Macrotransport Processes (1993)." Honors include the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Lewis, Walker, and Alpha Chi Sigma Awards, the American Society for Engineering Education's Senior Research Gold Medal Award, the American Chemical Society's Kendall Award in Colloid Science, and the Bingham Medal of the Society of Rheology. Brenner holds membership in the National Academies of Science and Engineering, anf the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Lifelong research interests focus on modeling chromatographic bio-particle separation processes in microfluidic devices and, more fundamentally, quantifying the molecular and convective transport of volume, viewed as a transportable, non-material entity.

Selection Committee:

Wei Shyy (Chair), Werner Dahm (06/01), Daniel Joseph (99 Rcpnt) (06/01), Thomas J. Hanratty (Vice Chair) (06/02), Norman D. Malmuth (06/02)