Dear Colleagues,

As an active CAST member and former CAST Chair, I would like to ask for your support in the current AIChE election.  I am a candidate for the AIChE Board of Directors.  I have provided a copy of my bio and election statement below (this also appears on the AIChE election site).  I hope you will also consider forwarding this to your friends and colleagues in the chemical engineering community, hopefully with your endorsement.


Mark Stadtherr

Brief Biography

Mark Stadtherr is currently Research Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and Keating-Crawford Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.  Previously, he was on the chemical engineering faculty at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).  His primary teaching interests are process safety, process design, ecological and environmental modeling, and optimization.  Mark has published over 180 peer-reviewed research papers in the areas of optimization and modeling, and was recognized by the AIChE CAST Division’s Computing in Chemical Engineering Award in 1998 for his pioneering work on applying advanced computer architectures in chemical engineering computing.  As an educator at Notre Dame, he received the 2008 James A. Burns Award, which recognizes exemplary contributions to graduate education at the University.  Mark has a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a B.Ch.E. degree from the University of Minnesota.


I have been active in AIChE for more than four decades, beginning as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota.  During my career I have had the opportunity to serve the AIChE in a number of significant leadership roles, including Chair of the 10C (Computers in Operations and Information Processing) Program Committee (1990–1992), Chair of the CAST Division (2002-2003), Chair of the Publications Committee (2007-2010) and Chair of the Chemical Technology Operating Council (2014).  I believe that today’s AIChE is a valuable and globally influental professional society.  If I have the honor to serve on the Board, I will use my leadership experience to further strengthen AIChE.  Some of the areas that I will focus on include:

·         Increasing the impact of AIChE as a global leader in addressing Grand Challenge issues in health, energy, water and sustainability

·         Continuing to grow our global efforts in process safety, including focus on undergraduate education worldwide

·         Making the value of AIChE membership even more apparent to current and prospective members, thus driving membership retention and growth

·         Maintaining momentum in enhancing diversity and inclusivity throughout our global profession

·         Growing current efforts to capture the energy, enthusiasm and career diversity of our new college graduates as they become young professionals, making AIChE a welcoming home for all

·         Making AIChE the leading technology forum in exploring the opportunities and challenges presented by the current and future abundance of shale resources

I would welcome your comments and suggestions on these and other potential initiatives.  Please feel free to contact me at [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask]

Mark A. Stadtherr

Research Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712 USA

Keating-Crawford Professor Emeritus
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA