H. Scott Fogler, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and the Vennema Professor of Chemical Engineering, received an honorary degree on April 15 at Rovira I Virgili (URV) University in Tarragona, Spain in honor of his outstanding contributions to the field of chemical engineering through his teaching, textbooks, and research. The university awards one honorary degree annually and Fogler is the first chemical engineer to receive an honorary doctorate from the URV.
During the ceremony, the Rector of the URV, Dr Josep Anton Ferré, presented Fogler with traditional symbols of investiture dating back to medieval times, including a medal, a cap, a book on science and wisdom, a ring and a pair of white gloves. During his speech, the rector described Fogler as a “university man in all senses of the word” for his excellent work through the years.
Two of Fogler’s textbooks, “Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering” and “Essentials of Chemical Reaction Engineering,” are estimated to be used by 70-80% of chemical engineering programs in the United States, and are also dominant in the worldwide market. Fogler and Professor Steven LeBlanc are co-authors of Strategies for Creative Problem Solving, which won the Meriam-Wiley Distinguished Author Award from ASEE in 1996.
Over the last 20 years, Fogler has focused his research on problems in upstream research with focus on asphaltene and paraffin deposition. He has graduated 45 PhD students from his research group and has published over 240 research articles. He and his students are well-known for their work in chemical reaction engineering in petroleum engineering, which encompasses a number of fundamental chemical engineering areas, specifically; reaction engineering, colloids, and multiphase flow.