NMSU Chemical, Materials Engineering Department Head earns Fellow recognition

08/26/2013: NMSU chemical engineering department head David Rockstraw, left, advises a student. (photo by Darren Phillips)

NMSU chemical engineering department head David Rockstraw, left, advises a student. (photo by Darren Phillips)

WRITER: Tiffany Acosta, 575-646-3929, tfrank@nmsu.edu

David A. Rockstraw, New Mexico State University’s Chemical and Materials Engineering Department Head, was selected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, which is the organization’s highest level of membership.

“I was honored and awed. The directory of Fellows on the AICHE website includes a number of my mentors who I admire and who continue to guide me when I need it,” Rockstraw said. “Being included in a list with the likes of Jeffery Harwell, Phillip Wankat, Nien-Hwa Wang and Nicholas Peppas is humbling. It puts pressure on me to perform at an even higher level to be worthy of this recognition as these individuals have accomplished so much more than I in their careers.”

This honor is awarded to less than three percent of its membership. Fellows are elected for service to the profession and meaningful professional achievement. Following their appointment, fellows are expected to increase volunteer service.

An NMSU faculty member since 1995, Rockstraw is a Robert Davis Distinguished Professor and NMSU Distinguished Achievement Professor. Additionally, he holds three patents.

Rockstraw is a registered professional engineer in the state of New Mexico and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Rockstraw also is in high demand as an expert witness in litigations involving chemical engineering processes and phenomena, testifying in state and federal court on four occasions in 2015 from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, California.

For more information visit www.aiche.org and http://wordpress.nmsu.edu/drockstr/.

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