Alum Franklin Goldsmith (B.S. ‘2003) is a member of the I&EC Research 2019 Class of Influential Researchers. Dr. Goldsmith is an Assistant Professor of Engineering and a member of the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Faculty at Brown University.
According to their web site, “I&EC Research has been at the forefront of chemical engineering research since 1909, and we continue today as the largest and most-cited general chemical engineering research journal in the world. The journal congratulates the 2019 Class of Influential Researchers for being at the forefront of their field today.”
“The global team of editors and editorial advisory board members identified this class of influential, early career researchers (those with 10 or so years in their independent research career) on the basis of the quality and impact of their research.” The Class has 32 members.
To highlight class members’ accomplishments, the journal published an online Virtual Special Issue that includes a technical article from each class member.
A native of Asheville, Franklin earned a B.A. in Philosophy from UNC-CH, followed by B.S. degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from NCSU. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research lab focuses on theory, modeling, and experiments in the field of chemical kinetics. “We are particularly interested in elementary reactions at elevated temperatures, such as in combustion, heterogeneous catalysis, energetic materials, and propellants.”
Before Franklin settled into engineering, he was a bit of a wanderer… A Meet the New Faculty article on the Brown web site says, “He worked for a while at a Montana dude ranch and was a pastry chef in Alaska. He hiked around North Carolina full-time for six months, publishing a trail guide in the process (still available, by the way). He roamed the country for a year in a Ford Ranger pickup, complete with a solar-powered apartment built into the bed. He spent some time in culinary school and eventually got a degree in philosophy from the University of North Carolina.”
Congratulations to Franklin for this outstanding honor!