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April 27, 2010


Prof. Alvin Nienow, University of Birmingham, has been awarded the honorary degree “Doctor Honoris Causa” by the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Poland. The degree is the most prestigious academic distinction conferred by Polish universities to distinguished academics with significant contributions for the development of a specific scientific field and who have fostered international collaboration between members of the Polish university and their home institution. Alvin’s international standing, based on significant contribution for developing a better understanding of fluidization and fluid mixing processes in stirred reactors and bioreactors, has been acknowledged with this award. His extensive collaboration with scientists from many different countries such as USA, Japan, Canada, Czech Republic and Poland (just to mention a few) led to a significant cross-fertilization of ideas and contributed significantly to the development of those fields and to the research of those involved in the work and that is also acknowledged in the process.

The award ceremony will take place in Szczecin, Poland on 20 May 2010. It is a very important event for the West Pomerania University, because such degrees are awarded on average once every two or three years. Alvin is the first Doctor Honoris Causa for the West Pomeranian University, and that makes this year's celebration particularly important. The University is the leading academic technology institution in the region, established last year through the merger of the Technical University of Szczecin with the Academy of Agriculture in Szczecin.


February 14, 2010

We mark the sudden passing of Prof. Chad Bennington with deep regret. He passed away suddenly on February 14th, 2010 at the age of 53.

Chad was a very active member of the mixing community and was well known by many of you.
We will miss his technical and personal contributions to NAMF, his ever present smile, and his ready laughter.

He was selected to serve as Chair of Mixing XXII (June 20-25, 2010) and will continue to noted as the co-chair of this conference (posthumous). Suzanne Kresta and Clara Gomez will serve as co-chairs for the final conference preparations. Abstracts and registration information continue as planned. There will be a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering dedicated to the conference.

Chad obtained his BSc in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia in 1979. Following graduation, he worked for two years as a process engineer/chemist at MacMillan Bloedel's Powell River Mill. In 1981 he returned to UBC to pursue post-graduate studies in the Department of Chemical Engineering, completing his MASc in 1983 and his PhD in 1988. In 1988 he joined Paprican at the UBC Pulp and Paper Centre where he worked as a Senior Research Engineer (with Paprican, now FPInnovations) and as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. In March 2002 he was awarded an NSERC/Paprican Chair in Chemical Pulping Technology and in 2006 was appointed Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. His research group was thriving, with 14 graduate students and 3 postdoctoral fellows at the time of his death.

Chad was passionate about the out of doors, particularly the west coast of BC, and had kayaked around a substantial portion of Vancouver Island. His account of these trips is given at http://faculty.chml.ubc.ca/chadb/kayaking.html  along with many of his photographs.

Chad is survived by his wife, Maureen, and his two daughters, Monica and Catherine.


May 17/2010

Run for Reg - Update

Ian Mann ran the 21.1 km of the Vancouver Half Marathon on May 2, 2010 in 1hr 37 mins and 29s, in memory of his father and our long time mixing colleague Reg Mann. Ian writes, "It was raining but a fun day - and I am very happy with how it went and especially with my time!"

The donation web pages will stay open until the end of June, so there is still time for people to donate in memory of Reg, and in support of stroke research.
At present the UK site has collected over 1,000 pounds (plus gift aid tax of over 200 additional pounds); the Canadian site $1,375.00 CAD, and the US site $310 US.


April 29/2010

Ian Mann (Reg Mann’s son) is running the Vancouver half marathon for stroke research

Ian Mann (Reg's eldest son) will be running the Vancouver Half Marathon on May 2, 2010 in Reg's memory and raising funds for stroke research. If you would like to sponsor Ian's run, you can do so online using the following link: http://www.fitforheart.ca  (click on sponsor a friend, search for Ian Mann).

Ian has also created a US site in support of the American Heart Association  and a UK site in aid of the UK stroke association.

January 2010

- Art Etchells presented a Live Webinar on “Mixing” on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 from 2 to 3 pm EST through the AIChE “ChemE on Demand”.

Details are available here >> or check out the AIChE web site at www.aiche.org

- AIChE Annual Meeting (including NAMF sponsored mixing sessions) was held November 8-13, 2009 in Nashville, TN is set. Click here to view the program >>

- The call for proposals for the NAMF start-up Mixing Award has been issued. Valued at $60,000, the award is to encourage new faculty to begin research careers in areas that impact fluid mixing technology. Proposals are due September 15, 2009. See application details here (PDF) >> Submissions are invited for the student papers competition for Mixing XXII. The authors of the top papers will be invited to present their work in Victoria and compete for awards and recognition. Conference travel and registration subsidies are available for the selected students.

August 2009

Art Etchells III awarded the James Y. Oldshue Lecture Award

The James Y. Oldshue Lecture Award was created to recognize the remarkable contribution that Dr. James Oldshue made to both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Interamerican Confederation of Chemical Engineering (IACChE).
Dr. Oldshue served as AIChE president in 1979, as treasurer of the Institute from 1983-1989 and in numerous other capacities. Dr. Oldshue had also a long-standing relationship with the IACChE. He received the Victor Marquez Award from the Inter-American Confederation of Chemical Engineering Societies in 1983 and was elected President in 1995. He was an internationally renowned chemical engineer and the founder of AIChE's North American Mixing Forum (NAMF).
The award is given to an outstanding chemical engineer from the Americas who had a remarkable and sustained contribution to the profession. This year, the James Y. Oldshue Lecture Award is presented to Arthur W. Etchells III who had also as James a profound contribution in the field of mixing. This is the second time the award is presented.

Art Etchells III (centre) is awarded the James Y. Oldshue Lecture Award at the 8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering in Montreal, Canada (August 23 - 27, 2009). Jules Thibault (left) and Scott Fogler (right) join Art.

September 2009

It is with sadness that we report the loss of two members of our mixing community in the past months.

- Dr. E. Bruce Nauman passed away May 24, 2009 after a battle with lung cancer. Bruce was a professor in the department of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a prolific researcher and scholar who published more than 150 journal papers, authored five books, 16 book chapters and more than 30 other publications. He held six patents related to his research in chemical engineering and was the recipient of many awards. In 1990, Bruce helped found NAMF (The North American Mixing Forum) to bring together scientists who specialized mixing fluids, and served as NAMF president from 1993 to 1995. Bruce is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marilyn; two children Cindy (Paul) Baglow and Michael (Rene) Nauman, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Melissa, Brandon, Laurie and Buddy Baglow and Alex and Rachel Nauman. A memorial service was held on May 29, 2009 in the RPI.

- Professor Reginald Mann passed away on Sunday, June 7th, 2009. Reg had taken ill with a serious stroke on Friday June 5th. He fought bravely but passed away quietly in Tameside Hospital with his wife Gill and his son Graham at his side. Reg, who was an Emeritus Professor in Chemical Engineering at UMIST (later the University of Manchester) is survived by his wife Gillian Taylor, and his two sons Ian and Graham. Reg enriched the lives of those many friends and colleagues who were lucky enough to benefit from both his selflessness and his boundless enthusiasm. His funeral was held at Central Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Glossop on June 15th.

September 2009


The 8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering took place August 23-27, 2009 in Montreal, QC, Canada. A topical conference on Mixing in Industrial Processes was held as part of the congress.  

December 2008

The 13th European Conference on Mixing (promoted by the European Federation of Chemical Engineering Working Party on Mixing) was held in King's College London, April 14-17, 2009. Post conference details, including he presented papers, are given on the conference website.

110 delegates from around the world attended ISMIP VI, held at Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, between August 17-21, 2008. The program as presented can be found here [PDF, 6 MB] >>

June 25, 2007

Over 125 delegates attended Mixing XXI in Park City, Utah, June 17 - 22, 2007. In the tradition of past Mixing conferences, the week brought together industrial specialists, academic researchers and equipment manufacturers for an intense period of working on mixing related issues. Some of the keynote presentations are available from the past conferences page.

February, 2007

NAMF announces start-up grant to encourage new faculty to begin research careers in areas that will impact the general field of fluid mixing technology. Deadline for applications is May 1, 2007.

More >>

February  2007

IN MEMORIAM: We are saddened by the passing of Jim Oldshue, the founding president of NAMF on January 16, 2007 at the age of 81. Jim was instrumental in setting NAMF up as the first Forum of AIChE. Our condolences to his wife and family. More >>

November 2006

NAMF Sessions at AIChE:

We were well represented at the annual AIChE meeting in San Francisco, including a session to honor Larry Tavlarides on the occasion of his 65th birthday and the NAMF Award winning presentation by Piero Armenante.


June 2006

Dr. Piero Armenante, New Jersey Institute of Technology, has been selected the recipient of the NAMF Award. It will be presented to him at the AIChE in San Francisco this fall.

The next Mixing Conference will take place on June 17 - 22, 2007 at the Yarrow Resort Hotel & Conference Center, Park City, Utah, USA. The call for papers will be issued in the fall of 2006.

February 2005

The Handbook of Industrial Mixing: Science and Practice

Sponsored by the North American Mixing Forum and published by John Wiley & Sons

The prize-winning Handbook of Industrial Mixing is now into a second printing and is receiving rave reviews from industry and academia.  More detailed information is given on the Handbook page.

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