October 11, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

William KingLEWISBURG, Pa. — William King, professor of chemical engineering at Bucknell University, has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). 

This elite recognition is reserved for members demonstrating particularly significant contributions to the field of chemical engineering.

Founded in 1908, AIChE represents 45,000 members of the chemical engineering professional community in industry, government, and academia.

King's career includes 30 years on the Bucknell faculty, process design and development work at three major energy companies, and research work at the Fox Chase Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute. He has made professional contributions in a variety of technical areas, including synthetic fuel development, chemical coal desulfurization, reaction engineering, and transport modeling of cancer treatment modalities.

King's teaching and administrative tenure (12 years as department chair) at Bucknell has been distinguished and includes: demonstrated teaching excellence; development of new courses; curricular modification and modernization at the bachelor's and master's levels; and steering the department though a stage of significant growth, with associated mentoring of a number of new faculty and staff. In addition, he played a major role in initiating and developing the biomedical engineering program at Bucknell.

"By leadership and example, Professor King has been instrumental in conveying to new Bucknell faculty and students the expectation and importance of involvement with practicing chemical engineers, and especially with the local AIChE section," said Jeff Csernica, chair of the department of chemical engineering.

"This, along with his dedication to the mission of the University and the value of broadly educated engineers, has helped mold the department as a leader in undergraduate engineering education, while producing graduates prepared to make significant contributions within the field," he said.