Richard M. Felder

2010 IFEES Award Recipient

Dr. Richard M. Felder is the Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a co-author of the book Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, which has been used as the introductory chemical engineering text by roughly 90% of American universities and a number of universities elsewhere, and he has authored or co-authored over 200 education-related papers and “Random Thoughts” columns (a regularly occuring piece in Chemical Engineering Education) as well as numerous papers on chemical process engineering. Together with his wife, Dr. Rebecca Brent, he has presented over 600 teaching and faculty development workshops and seminars throughout the United States and abroad. Since 31991 he has co-directed the National Effective Teaching Institute under the auspices of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Richard received the B.Ch.E. degree from the City College of New York in 1962 and the Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1966. He worked for the Atomic Energy Research Establishment (Harwell, England) and Brookhaven National Laboratory before joining the North Carolina State faculty in 1969. He discusses several aspects of his teaching philosophy in a September 2010 interview in the “ChE Thoughts” journal of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Richard has received numerous awards for contributions to engineering education including the AT&T Foundation Award for Excellence in Engineering Education (1985); Outstanding Engineering Educator of the Century (one of five), ASEE Southeastern Section (1993); and the Donald L. Katz Lectureship Award, University of Michigan (1994). For his accomplishments in engineering education, IFEES awarded him the inaugural Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education in 2010.