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Published: Jun 19, 2012 9:00:00 AM
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Mario Eden, Joe T. and Billie Carole McMillan associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Chemical Engineering, has been named chair of the department effective July 1. He succeeds Christopher Roberts, who was recently named dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering following Larry Benefield’s retirement after 33 years at Auburn.
“I am honored to be appointed as the department’s chair,” says Eden. “Auburn chemical engineering is known for providing unique opportunities to our students in an environment that fosters academic excellence and innovative research. Under Dr. Roberts’ leadership the department has grown in size and reputation, and I am looking forward to continuing that tradition.”
Eden’s research includes process systems engineering focusing on developing methodologies for process and product design; process integration and optimization; sustainable and environmentally benign technologies; and optimization of integrated biorefineries and logistical fuel processing systems. He has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on nearly $18 million in extramural grants and contracts, including the collaborative project, “IGERT: Integrated Biorefining for Sustainable Production of Fuels and Chemicals,” a $3 million, five-year grant awarded this past year by the National Science Foundation to instruct more than 30 doctoral students in the sustainable production of biofuels and chemicals. It is the first IGERT grant awarded at Auburn.
Eden is a 2006 National Science Foundation CAREER award winner and was a participant of the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium in 2010. He is a recipient of Auburn’s 2007 William F. Walker Superior Teaching Award. Eden has been recognized as the university’s SGA Outstanding Faculty Member and Fred H. Pumphrey Teaching Award for Excellence recipient in both 2009 and 2011. He has also been named the department’s outstanding faculty member of the year three times and received the college’s Junior and Senior Faculty Research Awards for Excellence in 2006 and 2012, respectively.
“Mario is an outstanding educator and a prolific researcher,” says Roberts. “He always has his students’ best interest in mind, and he is a thoughtful leader among his peers. He is extremely well suited to lead the department to the next level of excellence.”
Eden earned a master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in 1999 and 2003, respectively.