Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award 2012

David V. Boger Photo

David V. Boger 
Class of 1961
2012 Award Recipient


Dr. David V. Boger attended Bucknell University as a member of the Class of 1961, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, and held memberships in both the engineering and chemistry honor societies. He continued his studies at the University of Illinois, and earned Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Chemical Engineering in 1965.

Since his graduation from Bucknell, he has distinguished himself professionally as an educator and researcher with noteworthy contributions to society which gained international recognition and respect in the field of Chemical Engineering. He has published in excess of 350 articles in journals and conference proceedings, co-authored five books, produced several films and videotapes illustrating rheological phenomena, and has been professionally associated with more than 90 companies worldwide.

Boger was one of three inaugural Laureate Professors at the University of Melbourne. He held positions in Chemical Engineering at both Monash University and The University of Melbourne. At The University of Melbourne he was Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Deputy Director of the Advanced Mineral Products Centre, and Director of the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre, both Australian Research Council Special Research Centres. He served as a President of the Australian Society of Rheology and was the Australian Delegate on the International committee on Rheology (ICR) from 1978-83, and again from 1990-2004.

His contributions to fundamental research in fluid mechanics are world-renowned for his discovery of constant viscosity elastic liquids, named Boger fluids, which were synthesized to better understand how non-Newtonian fluids behave. He detailed experimental investigations used such materials to define fluid elasticity effects in important flows; the linking of basic surface chemistry to the continuum properties and the processing of particulate fluids; the development of novel methods for flow property measurement; and the linking of the basic research to significant industrial outcomes in the petroleum, food, and minerals industries. He is well-known for exploiting rheology for waste minimization in the minerals industry.

He has been recognized with many awards including the Annual Award of the British Society of Rheology in 1983 for notable contributions to rheology, and the 1995 Walter Ahlström Environmental Prize awarded annually by the Finnish Academies. He received the Victoria Prize in 2002, the British Society of Rheology Gold Medal in 2004, and the Prime Minister's Prize for Science in 2005. In 2007 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society and in 2011 he received the award of Honorary Doctor of Engineering (honoris causa) from The University of Melbourne in recognition of his contribution to the field of fluid mechanics.

Boger's accomplishments, service, and dedication to his profession and to society have earned him the respect and gratitude of Bucknell University's engineering alumni. It is therefore with the highest regard and warmest affection that on October 26, 2012, the Bucknell University College of Engineering and the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association present to David V. Boger '61, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.