Yi Hua (Ed) Ma

James H. Manning Professor

Yi Hua Ma joined the WPI faculty in 1967, serving as head of the Chemical Engineering Department from 1979 to 1989. He founded the Center for Inorganic Membrane Studies in 1988. His research on adsorption and diffusion, inorganic materials and mem­branes, and membrane reactors has resulted in more than 100 scholarly publications and six patents. Ma led the development of a novel chemical reactor that uses an ultra-thin palladium membrane to significantly reduce the cost of generating pure hydrogen for fuel cells. His career achievements have been recognized with several major honors, including the 1994 WPI Board of Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship, the 1997 NASA Space Act Award, and the 2007 Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Ma was named a fellow of AIChE in 1999. He holds a BS in chemical engineering from National Taiwan University, an MS in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an ScD in chemical engineering from MIT.

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