Professors David Bruce and Amod Ogale received the prestigious University Research, Scholarship, and Artistic Achievement Award (URSAA) from President James Clements this past year.
The award recognizes Clemson University faculty whose work has been acknowledged at the highest levels nationally and internationally. URSAAA winning faculty are lifetime appointees and participate in a yearly celebration of faculty achievements.
Dr. David Bruce, Professor and Chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, has been a faculty member at Clemson for 25 years. Prof. Bruce was honored with Clemson URSAA Award for being an author of a paper that has received over 1,000 citations. The referenced work was a collaborative effort between Dr. Bruce, Dr. Jim Goodwin (former ChBE Chair), Dr. Edgar Lotero (post-doctoral fellow), and graduate students Y. Liu, D.E. Lopez, and K. Suwannakarn. The article titled “Synthesis of Biodiesel via Acid Catalysis” was published in the journal of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research in 2005 and has to-date received over 1850 citations. This review article is one of the most highly cited articles on the production of renewable fuels from plant based materials. While at Clemson, Dr. Bruce has taught 15 different undergraduate and graduate courses, graduated 26 PhD and MS students, and mentored 4 post-doctoral research associates.
Dr. Amod Ogale, Dow Chemical Professor of Chemical Engineering, has served on the Clemson faculty for over 33 years. He also serves as the Director of Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films (CAEFF). Prof. Ogale was honored with Clemson URSAA Award for being inducted as a FELLOW of three different professional societies for his life-time achievements and contributions to the American Carbon Society (ACS), Society for Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE), and Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). He has also won the Graffin Lecturer Award from ACS, and the SABIC Composites Educator Award from SPE. While at Clemson, Dr. Ogales has taught 12 different undergraduate and graduate courses, graduated 41 PhD and MS students, and mentored 8 post-doctoral research associates. Prof. Ogale has published over 150 refereed papers and been the principal investigator or co-investigator on over 50 research grants worth over $ 40 million.