Professors Khan and Dickey Honored for Their Research Achievements

Professors Saad Khan and Michael Dickey have received important honors for their research achievements.

Professor Khan has been selected as a Fellow of the Society of Rheology (SoR).

The citation for his Fellow recognition reads:

Professor Saad Khan
Prof. Saad Khan

“For his contributions to creating and applying rheological methods to materials well removed from the traditional polymeric melts and solutions for which such methods were originally developed; for his contributions to the rheology of complex fluids including foams, gels, associative polymers, paints, polymer-containing supercritical fluids, ‘black liquors’ containing pulp and fibers, fungal cultures, proteins, colloids, hydrogels, and biological fluids.”

Founded in 1929, the Society is composed of a wide spectrum of individuals from academic, industrial, and governmental institutions interested in advancing and applying rheology. Per the SoR web site, Fellowship status “recognizes a history of distinguished scientific achievement, a significant technological accomplishment, and/or outstanding scholarship in the field of Rheology…”

Prof. Khan is the INVISTA Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Director of the CBE graduate program. His research interests focus on the rheology of structured polymeric systems, particularly the relationship between material microstructure, chemistry, and macroscopic properties.

During his career, he has supervised 61 Ph.D. students and 6 thesis-based M.S. students, and has mentored 70 undergraduate and high school student researchers in his laboratories. He has published 214 peer-reviewed articles, and made over 120 invited talks and 300 group presentations.

Professor Dickey has won the 2020 Distinguished Lecturer of the Year award from the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

The Distinguished Lecturer Award is conferred annually to an individual within the NC ACS Section who “has made significant and recognized research contributions to the chemical sciences.” The Distinguished Lecturer serves as the keynote speaker at the annual NC-ACS Local Section Conference and receives a monetary award and plaque.

Professor Michael Dickey
Prof. Michael Dickey

Prof. Dickey is an Alcoa Professor and University Faculty Scholar. His research awards include a 2020 Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award, which includes being inducted into the NC State Research Leadership Academy, an Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Engineering Research Award and the ASEE Curtis W. McGraw Research Award. Early in his career he was selected as a “Rising Star” by the NC State College of Engineering.

One of Prof. Dickey’s passions is serving as a mentor for undergraduate researchers. Earlier this year he received the inaugural Outstanding Research Mentor Award from the NC State Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). Involvement in research, combined with high academic achievement, has helped many of his mentees win prestigious fellowships, including two Goldwater Scholars, a Churchill Scholar, a Truman Scholar, and a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship. In future years, the award will be known as the Michael Dickey Outstanding Research Mentor Award.

Congratulations to Professors Khan and Dickey for these recognitions of excellence in your careers!