Dudukovic receives Neal Amundson Award

Milorad (Mike) Dudukovic in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, has received the prestigious Neal R. Amundson Award for Excellence in Chemical Reaction Engineering from the International Symposia on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE).

​Milorad (Mike) Dudukovic
Dudukovic, the Laura and William Jens Professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, was nominated for the award “for advancing the fundamental understanding of multiphase reaction engineering systems and for his lifelong dedication to teaching and promoting chemical reaction engineering.” He was chosen from among 14 candidates from around the world to receive the award, which is given every three years.

Dudukovic, who also was chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1998-2006, is most widely known for his pioneering efforts in quantifying the flow fields and mixing in various opaque multiphase systems, using radioactive particle tracing and gamma-ray tomography (CT), which have provided a basis for the validation of computational fluid dynamics simulations.

Among his accomplishments that qualified him for the award were his more than 350 publications, which demonstrate a remarkable ability to blend experimentation with mathematical modeling, leading to insightful solutions to very complex multiphase reactor issues; his pursuit of a vision of bridging the gap between academic research and industrial practice of reaction engineering by developing the Chemical Reaction Engineering Laboratory (CREL) as an effective interface between the two; and his relentless pursuit of quantification of multiscale transport-kinetic interactions via physically based models with appropriate experimental validation, which resulted in great success across disciplines.

Dudukovic joined the faculty at WashU in 1974. Over the course of his career, Dudukovic has received numerous awards, including the E V Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry in 2009, the Council for Chemical Research Malcolm E. Pruitt Award in 1999 and the AIChE R. H. Wilhelm award in reaction engineering in 1994, as well as the university’s Founder’s Day Award in 1994. He was elected Fellow of the St. Louis Academy of Sciences in 2001.