Professor H. Scott Fogler

Headshot of Prof. Fogler

H. Scott Fogler was the Ame and Catherine Vennema Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and was the 2009 National President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. Scott recently received a doctor honoris causa degree from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain and in 1985 he received a diploma from the New Orleans School of Cooking.

Cover of Prof. Fogler’s 6th ed. Elements Book

He authored 12 books, including the Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, 6th Edition, which are estimated to be used by 70-80% of all chemical engineering programs in the United States and also dominates the worldwide market. In addition, he co-authored the 3rd edition of Strategies for Creative Problem Solving with Steven LeBlanc and Benjamin Rizzo. Scott and his students were well known for their work on the application of chemical reaction engineering principles to the petroleum industry. He graduated 45 PhDs and they published over 240 research articles in areas such as acidization of petroleum wells, gelation kinetics wax deposition in subsea pipelines, and asphaltene flocculation and deposition kinetics. and he was the recipient of 14 named lectureships. Scott was an associate editor of Energy & Fuel.

Prof. Fogler and Chair Sharon Glotzer at the 2019 AICHE National Conference for Prof. Fogler’s 80th birthday. Photo credit: Sandra Swisher
Prof. Fogler and Chair Sharon Glotzer at the 2019 AICHE National Conference for Prof. Fogler’s 80th birthday. Photo credit: Sandra Swisher

Outside of his textbooks and research, Prof. Scott Fogler was a large proponent of improving chemical engineering education. He created the Chem-E-Car Competition which now includes the endowed “Scott Fogler AIChE Chem-E-Car Competition First Place Prize”.  Prof. Fogler also served as the President (1988-1989) as well as a trustee for the Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering (CACHE) organization.  Scott was the 1995 recipient of the Warren K. Lewis Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for contributions to chemical engineering education as well as the 2005 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2019 recipient of the Thomas and Donna Edgar CACHE Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering Education from the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education.

In July 2020, Prof. Fogler presented a virtual seminar on the Process Safety Across the Chemical Engineering Curriculum initiative to the Graduate Program in Chemical and Biochemical Process Engineering at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. The EPQB Program has graciously given us permission to embed the recording of their seminar so you can hear about the initiative from Prof. Fogler himself.

To read more about Prof. Fogler and his contributions to Chemical Engineering, please read the memorial on the University of Michigan Chemical Engineering Department.