2014 Inductees of the Academy of Chemical Engineers

Muthanna Al-Dahhan

Professor and Chair of Cheimcal and Biochemical Engineering
Professor of Nuclear Engineering
Missouri S&T
BS ChE 1979, University of Baghdad
MS ChE 1988, Oregon State University
PhD ChE 1993, Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. Muthanna Al-Dahhan is currently professor and chairman of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and professor of Nuclear Engineering at Missouri S&T, starting January 2009. Dr. Muthanna Al-Dahhan joined Washington University, Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering from 1994 till December 2008 as a faculty member. His research activities are related to advancing the knowledge and understanding of multiphase reaction engineering via advanced measurement and computational techniques. He formed and directed from 1999- December, 2008 Clean Alternative Energy Using Slurry Bubble Column Reactors Consortium, a multi-university and national and international industry to convert syngas to clean liquid fuels and chemicals. From 2003 to 2008, he served as a co-leader of the National Science Foundation Engineering Center – Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) directed by University of Kansas. He has obtained since 1995 over $10 million in external funding. Dr. Al-Dahhan has been active and collaborating with industry on various joint projects and research contracts related to energy and chemicals using multiphase reactors and processes. He is an expert for (IAEA) and an expert for UNESCO on quality assurance of engineering education. His research activities include more than 150 publications in refereed scientific and technical journals and over 350 of national and international conference presentations.

Joseph Smith

Professor Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
BS ChE 1983, Brigham Young University
MS ChE 1984, Brigham Young University
PhD ChE 1991, Brigham Young University
Joseph D. Smith has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with over 30 years’ experience in the Chemical and Petrochemical Industry. Dr. Smith was part of the design team to develop the Dow Chemical Clean coal technology and has established and led two startup companies that provide engineering services to the petrochemical and fossil power industries.  Dr. Smith has developed and applied comprehensive CFD models for reactive flow systems including pulverized-fuel combustion and gasification systems, process heaters, and gas flares. Dr. Smith serves as an expert witness for Gas Flare Performance and Hydrocarbon Processing and is a certified Cause and Origin Fire Investigator and is certified by the Department of Homeland Security for determining Critical Infrastructure Risk.  Dr. Smith has worked for the Dow Chemical Company, Cabot Corporation, Koch Industries and most recently Idaho National Laboratory.