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Dr. Vincent Grassi joins the department as Professor of Practice

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Vincent Grassi joined the department as a Professor of Practice on January 15, 2015. Dr. Grassi's responsibilities will include involvement and enhancements in the capstone senior level two-semester process design course, in the Unit Operations laboratory and in developing professional skills for our students. Additionally, Dr. Grassi will work closely with faculty in developing closer relationship with the global chemical industry, with AIChE, ABET and other professional organizations to further the dual mission of research and education for the department.

Dr. Grassi received his BS (1978) from the U. of Rochester and MS (1985) and PhD (1991) degrees from Lehigh University, all in Chemical Engineering. He was employed with Air Products & Chemical Inc. from 1978 to 2013 for a period of 35 years until his retirement in 2013, beginning as a process engineer and rising through the ranks and holding various leadership positions as Senior Engineering Manager of Process Modeling and Control, Director of Global Learning and Knowledge Management and most recently, also Director Employee Development, Diversity and Inclusion. He was instrumental in creating a "Corporate University" at Air Products & Chemicals Inc. that developed best practices for knowledge transfer, idea management and collaboration to optimize global knowledge solutions for the company. Several of these initiatives were recognized by awards given by the company in the areas of outstanding process technology and global information technology.

Outside of Air Products, Dr. Grassi has held highly visible positions in the central operations of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), serving as Chair and Director of one of the divisions of AIChE, serving on the Chemical Technology Operating Council, serving as the Co-Chair of the Annual Meetings of AIChE in 2007 and 2010 (a conference with over 6000 attendees) and most recently, serving as the Executive Programming Board Chair in 2014.

Dr. Grassi will serve as the primary interface for the department with on-campus capstone design experiences such as IPD, Technical Entrepreneurship, Global Studies and Sustainable Development to integrate these principles into the Chemical Engineering curriculum.

The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering faculty enthusiastically welcomes Dr. Grassi to the department.

Vince Grassi

Professor Vince Grassi, Professor of Practice