WPI Professor Yi Hua Ma Is Named A Fellow Of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Yi Hua Ma of Worcester, Mass., has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), a non-profit organization providing leadership to the chemical engineering profession. A professor of chemical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, he has earned a 1967 doctorate in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a 1959 B.S. degree in chemical engineering from National Taiwan University and a 1963 M.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

He has served on the AIChE's Adsorption and Ion Exchange Committee since 1975, completing a two-year term as chairman. In addition, he has been a director of the International Adsorption Society from 1992-96 and a council member and vice president of the International Zeolite Association.

He has received the 1994 WPI Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship and the 1997 NASA Space Act Award. His work has appeared in more than 100 publications and he has been granted one patent with another pending. Director of WPI's Center for Inorganic Membrane Studies, Ma focuses on research in adsorption and diffusion, inorganic material and membranes and membrane reactors.

To be named an AIChE Fellow, a member must have been a practicing chemical engineer for 25 years and a member of AIChE for ten years. Fellows must show exemplary service to AIChE as well as outstanding contributions to their profession.

WPI, founded in 1865, is renowned for its project-based curriculum. Under the WPI Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.