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Peterson named AIChE Fellow

Dr. Reid Peterson, who leads the Nuclear Process Science Initiative’s science thrust focused on linking interfacial phenomena to bulk properties, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

“I have been a member of AIChE since I was an undergraduate, and I have served a number of roles with the organization, including local section chair and division chair, so to be nominated by my peers and then elected by the AIChE’s Board of Directors is quite an honor,” Dr. Peterson says.

The rank of fellow is in recognition of both significant professional accomplishments and service to the profession. Dr. Peterson has worked largely in the field of waste processing for treatment of High Level Waste. He possesses an extensive background in managing large research programs, and has experience in taking projects from inception to pilot-scale proof-of-concept. 

Through his experiences at PNNL, the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant and Savannah River National Laboratory, Dr. Peterson has developed working relationships with key staff across the national laboratory complex, including at Argonne, Idaho, Oak Ridge and Los Alamos national laboratories. In addition, Dr. Peterson has collaborated on international efforts for treatment of radioactive waste processing, including support to the Tokyo Electric Power Company and water treatment at the Fukushima complex in Japan.

In addition to his service to AIChE, Dr. Peterson continues to help develop the next generation of engineers through middle school math enrichment, contributing to the effort as a member of the Team Battelle Math Club Mentors and as a math coach.   

Fellow is the highest grade of membership in the organization. It requires success in a combination of areas, including process, product or theoretical developments, project leadership, managerial achievement, educating of engineers, and efforts that benefit chemical engineers or the advancement of the engineering profession.

Additionally, Fellow nominees must have been in the chemical engineering practice for an adequate period of time to demonstrate long-term excellence, normally 25 years, and have been an AIChE member for at least ten years. A nominee also must be a Senior Member of the organization at the time of election.

Dr. Peterson will receive a Fellow pin and plaque at the AIChE’s 2017 National Meeting, which will be held in Minneapolis in October.

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