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Ronald Larson, Ph.D.

Ronald Larson, Ph.D.
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rofessor of Chemical Engineering, Chairman, Chemical Engineering Department

 

Ronald Larson became a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1996, after working for 17 years at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. He received a B.S in 1975, an M.S. in 1977, and a Ph.D. in 1980, all in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Larson's research interests include the structure and transport properties of polymers, colloids, surfactant–containing fluids, liquid crystals, and biological macromolecules such as DNA, proteins, and lipids. He has written numerous scientific papers and two books on these subjects, including a 1998 textbook, "The Structure and Rheology of Complex Fluids." Larson was the President of the Society of Rheology (SOR) from 1997 to 1999 and served on the Executive Committee of that Society from 1991 to 2001. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), and is a member of the SOR, the APS, the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE), where he currently serves on the Fluid Mechanics Programming Committee. In 1996, he was named the Prudential Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge England. In 2000 he became the G.G. Brown Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan, and in 2002 he received the Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology. He is currently chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan.

 

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