Dr Phillip Westmoreland, FAIChE

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,
North Carolina State University

Phillip Westmoreland



  • Academia

Job Function

  • Education


Phillip R. Westmoreland was 2013 President of AIChE. He is Past Chair of the AIChE Public Affairs and Information Committee, a trustee of the AIChE Foundation, and a trustee and past president of the educational nonprofit CACHE Corporation (

He is presently Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU). His chemical engineering degrees are from NCSU (BS, 1973), Louisiana State University (MS, 1974), and MIT (PhD, 1986). He has previously worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Union Carbide (1974–1979), as a ChE faculty member at the Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst (1986–2009), as a program director at the National Science Foundation (2006-2009), as CNRS Professeur invité at the University of Lorraine (2015), and Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at Imperial College London (2015-2016). He is an Honorary Professor at Nanjing University of Technology.

Phil began AIChE service as public relations chair and secretary in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Section. He was Chair of the Central New England Section, founding Chair of the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF), and Chair of the National Program Committee, and he has served on the Boards of Directors of AIChE, the forums CoMSEF and NSEF, the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division, the Combustion Institute, and the Council for Chemical Research.

He is a Fellow of AIChE and of the Combustion Institute. He has been honored by AIChE with the 1977 Local Section Public Relations Award, 2007 George Lappin Award, 2008 Gary Leach Award, and the 2017 Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Chemical Engineering
1982 To 1986

Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Chemical Engineering
1973 To 1974

North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Chemical Engineering
1967 To 1973


  • AIChE Fellow
  • Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division
  • Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum
  • Eastern North Carolina Local Section

Current Entity Roles

  • Foundation Board of Trustees (Member)
  • Foundation VIP Committee (Member)
  • Public Affairs & Information Committee (PAIC) (Past Chair)
  • RAPID Governing Board (Member)

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