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TBP Recognizes CEAS Faculty

July 22, 2014

Tau Beta Pi Honors Banquet recognizes the accomplishments of its students, faculty, and staff, and thanks our scholarship donors for their generous support of its students.

Dr. H. Gordon Harris from Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Receives Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

Dr. H. Gordon HarrisDr. Harris holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has varied work experience in academia, business, and government. Dr. Harris began his professional career as a Research Chemical Engineer,

Texaco, Inc., Texaco Research Center, Beacon, NY. Following this assignment, he earned a Ph.D., and then in 1968, accepted a position as Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Tulane

University, New Orleans, LA. He was active in consulting in the Gulf Coast region. In 1974 he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY as an Associate Professor. He became involved in energy research and development, including coalbed methane, oil shale and other alternative fuels, and served as a consultant to industry and government.

After founding and building Harris and Associates, Inc., an engineering consulting firm, he resigned from the University of Wyoming. He subsequently sold this firm to the Keplinger Companies (a worldwide oil and gas consulting and reserves appraisal firm), and served as Manager, Alternative Energy and Minerals, and Vice President of Keplinger Technology Consultants, Inc., Denver, CO. In 1986 Dr. Harris returned to the University of Wyoming as Professor and Department Head of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and Director of the University of Wyoming Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute. He is currently Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. Dr. Harris has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in all areas of chemical engineering and reservoir petroleum engineering. He has won a number of teaching awards.

Dr. Harris has been associated with a number of start-up and entrepreneurial firms in high-tech applications for improved energy recovery and other technologies. He also has had substantial international experience, including planning and implementation of projects in the U.S., Australia, China, and Russia. He has taught a number of short courses in chemical and petroleum engineering to industrial clients in Canada, Kazakhstan, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States. Dr. Harris is an expert in several fields, including: (1) oil and gas reservoir engineering, particularly coalbed methane production and thermal enhanced oil recovery, (2) oil shale processing, and (3) process modeling and design. He has authored over 200 publications, papers, patents, engineering studies and proprietary reports in oil and gas exploration, petroleum refining, petrochemical production and various areas of process design.

Maohong Fan Receives Samuel D. Hakes Outstanding Graduate Research and Teaching Award

Dr. Maohong Fan

With eight years, Dr. Fan completed his elementary, middle, and high schools (4, 2 and 2, respectively). Since he finished his B.S. education he has always emphasized the synergy of work and study. He routinely did additional coursework and research to acquire new knowledge in different areas while employed. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental (Eng.) Chemistry in 1997, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2000, and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2003 from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Iowa State University, and Osaka University, respectively.


Dr. Maohong Fan is a SER Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. He has led and worked on many projects in the areas of chemical production, clean energy production and environmental protection. Since he came to UW in 2008, he has been awarded for more than $9.0M R&D projects (PI: ~$7.6; Co-PI: ~$1.4). These projects have been supported by various domestic and international funding agencies such as NSF, DOE, EPA, USGS and USDA in the United States, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in Japan, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and industrial companies such as Siemens and Caterpillar. He has helped many chemical, environmental and energy companies overcome their technical challenges. He has published over 175 refereed books, book chapters, and papers in different chemical and environmental engineering, energy, and chemistry journals. As an Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member or Advisory Board Member, he has been serving various international chemical and energy as well as environmental journals such as ACS’ Energy & Fuels and Elsevier’s Chemical Engineering Journal. He has been supporting and supervising more than 75 graduate students and postdocs as



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