Milestones

From left, Professors Lightfoot, Bird and Stewart, authors of Transport Phenomena, in 1960.

The UW-Madison Department of Chemical Engineering, founded in 1905, is well known for its many contributions to education and research. Otto L. Kowalke, who became the department chairman in 1914, started a tradition of authorship with his Fundamentals in Chemical Process Calculations.

Olaf A. Hougen came to the department for graduate study in 1916 and subsequently joined the faculty. He was both an international leader in the development of chemical engineering as a profession and a pioneer in chemical engineering education. The Olaf A. Hougen Professorship in Chemical Engineering is funded by the Hougen Professorship Fund of the University of Wisconsin Foundation. Colleagues and former students of Professor Hougen, other friends, and corporations have contributed to the fund to honor one of the founders of the modern chemical engineering profession.

Hougen and Kenneth M. Watson were co-authors of the three-volume text titled Chemical Process Principles (Material and Energy Balances; Thermodynamics; Kinetics & Catalysis), which was a milestone in the literature of the profession because of its emphasis on applying the basic principles of mathematics, chemistry and physics to the analysis of chemical processes. Roland A. Ragatz, who served on the department faculty for nearly half a century, was a co-author of subsequent editions of this text.

Another milestone was the 1960 publication of Transport Phenomena, by faculty members R. Byron Bird, Warren E. Stewart and Edwin N. Lightfoot. Both this text and Chemical Process Principles have had a major impact on chemical engineering curricula in the United States and abroad. A second edition of Transport Phenomena is forthcoming (see the Spring/Summer 2001 issue of On These Foundations for an update).

Other widely used undergraduate text-books written by department faculty include Strategy of Process Engineering by Dale F. Rudd and Charles C. Watson, An Introduction to Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design by Charles G. Hill, Jr. and Process Dynamics, Modeling and Control by B. A. Ogunnaike and W. Harmon Ray.

Books published by our past and current faculty members. Coauthors marked with an asterisk have affiliations other than the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department of the University of Wisconsin.

  • O.P. Watts, Laboratory Course in Electrochemistry, McGraw-Hill, New York (1914)
  • O.A. Hougen and K.M. Watson, Industrial Chemical Calculations, Wiley, New York, 1st Edition (1931), 2nd edition (1936)
  • O.A. Hougen and K.M. Watson, Chemical Process Principles, Wiley, New York, 1st Edition: Vol. 1 Material and Energy Balances (1943); Vol. 2, Thermodynamics (1947); Vol. 3, Kinetics and Catalysis (1947)
  • Otto L. Kowalke, Fundamentals in Chemical Process Calculations, Macmillan, New York (1947)
  • W. R. Marshall Jr., and R. L. Pigford,* Applications of Differential Equations to Chemical Engineering Problems, University of Delaware Press, Newark, Delaware (1947)
  • O. A. Hougen and K. M. Watson and R. A. Ragatz, Chemical Process Principles, Wiley, New York, 2nd Edition: Vol. 1,  Material and Energy Balances (1954),  Japanese Edition (1954), Asian Edition (1959), International Edition (1962), Spanish Edition (1964), Italian Edition (1966); Vol. 2, Thermodynamics (1959); Asian Edition (1960), Japanese Edition (1964), Spanish Edition (1964), Italian Edition (1966)
  • O.A. Hougen and K.M. Watson, CPP Charts, Wiley, New York, 1st Edition (1946); O.A. Hougen, K. M. Watson, and R. A. Ragatz, 2nd Edition (1960) and 3rd Edition (1964)
  • J. O. Hirschfelder,* C. F. Curtiss, * and R. B. Bird, Molecular Theory of Gases and Liquids, Wiley, New York (1954, 1964); Russian Edition (1961)
  • F. Daniels,* and J. A. Duffie, Solar Energy Research, University of Wisconsin Press, Madison (1955)
  • R. B. Bird, W. E. Stewart and E. N. Lightfoot, Transport Phenomena, Wiley, New York, 1st Edition (1960), 62nd Printing (2001), Spanish Edition (1964), Czech Edition (1968), Italian Edition (1970), Russian Edition (1974), Chinese Edition (1990); 2nd Edition (2002)
  • R. B. Bird and W. Z. Shetter,* Eng goed begin (A Contemporary Dutch Reader), Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague (1963, 1971)
  • E. J. Crosby, Experiments in Transport Phenomena, Wiley, New York (1961); Spanish Edition (1968)
  • Dale F. Rudd and Charles C. Watson, Strategy of Process Engineering, Wiley, New York (1968); Spanish Edition (1976)
  • W. H. Ray and J. Szekely,* Process Optimization, Wiley, New York (1973)
  • D. F. Rudd, G. J. Powers,* and J. J. Siirola,* Process Synthesis, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey (1973)
  • E. N. Lightfoot Jr., Transport Phenomena and Living Systems: Biomedical Aspects of Momentum and Mass Transport, Wiley, New York (1974); Russian Edition (1977)
  • J. A. Duffie, and W. A. Beckman,* Solar Energy Thermal Processes, Wiley, New York (1974), German Edition (1976), Russian Edition (1977), Italian Edition (1978)
  • E. E. Daub,* R. B. Bird, and N. Inoue,* Comprehending Technical Japanese, University of Wisconsin Press and University of Tokyo Press (1975)
  • P. M. Berthouex,* and D. F. Rudd, Strategy of Pollution Control, Wiley, New York (1977)
  • W. A. Beckman,* S. A. Klein,* and J. A. Duffie, Solar Heating Design by the f- Chart Method, Wiley New York (1977); German Edition (1979)
  • Charles G. Hill, Jr., An Introduction to Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design, Wiley, New York (1977)
  • R. B. Bird, R. C. Armstrong,* and O. Hassager,* Dynamics of Polymeric Liquids, Vol. 1, Fluid Mechanics, Wiley, New York, 1st Edition (1977); 2nd Edition (1987), Japanese Edition (1999)
  • R. B. Bird, O. Hassager,* R. C. Armstrong,* and C. F. Curtiss,* Dynamics of Polymeric Liquids, Vol. 2, Kinetic Theory, Wiley, New York (1977); 2nd Edition (1987); Japanese Edition (2004)
  • J. A. Duffie and W. A. Beckman,* Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, Wiley, New York, 1st Edition (1980), 2nd Edition (1991)
  • W. H. Ray, Advanced Process Control, McGraw-Hill, New York (1981) Russian Edition (1983), Chinese Edition (1987)
  • D. F. Rudd, S. Fathi-Afshar,* A. A. Treviño,* and M. A. Stadtherr,* Petrochemical Technology Assessment, Wiley, New York (1981)
  • W. Z. Shetter* and R. B. Bird, Reading Dutch, Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden (1985)
  • M. D. Lelah* and S. L. Cooper, Polyurethanes in Medicine, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida (1986)
  • E. E. Daub,* R. B. Bird, and N. Inoue, Basic Technical Japanese, University of Wisconsin Press and University of Tokyo Press (1990
  • S. Kim and S. J. Karrila,* Microhydrodynamics: Principles and Selected Applications, Butterworth-Heinemann, Boston (1991)
  • J. A. Dumesic, D. F. Rudd, L. M. Aparicio,* J. E. Rekoske,* and A. A. Treviño,* The Microkinetics of Heterogeneous Catalysis, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC (1993)
  • W. Harmon Ray and B.A. Ogunnaike, Process Dynamics, Modeling and Control, Oxford University Press, New York (1994)
  • N. Phan-Thien* and S. Kim, Microstructures in Elastic Media: Principles and Computational Methods, Oxford University Press, New York (1994)
  • R. B. Bird and S. Floyd,* Polymer Science and Engineering ( supplement to Basic Technical Japanese), University of Wisconsin Press and University of Tokyo Press (1995)
  •  J. B. Rawlings & J. G. Eckert,* Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design Fundamentals, Nob Hill Publishing, Madison, Wisconsin, 1st Edition (2002), 2nd Edition (2014)
  • W. E. Stewart & M. Caracotsios,* Computer-Aided Modeling of Reactive Systems, Wiley, New York (2005)
  • Regina M. Murphy, Introduction to Chemical Processes: Principles, Analysis, Synthesis, McGraw-Hill, New York (2008)
  • J. B. Rawlings and David Q. Mayne,* Model Predictive Control—Theory and Computation, Nob Hill Publishing, Madison, Wisconsin (2009)
  • R. B. Bird & R. Mezaki,* Ichi Ni San—Adventures with Japanese numbers, ChemTech, Toronto (2009)
  • Michael D. Graham & James B. Rawlings, Modeling and Analysis Principles for Chemical and Biological Engineers, Nob Hill Publishing, Madison, Wisconsin (2013)
  • Charles G. Hill & Thatcher W. Root, An Introduction to Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design, Wiley, New York (2014)
  • Juan J. de Pablo and Jay D. Schieber, Molecular Engineering Thermodynamics, Cambridge University Press (2014)
  • R. B. Bird, W. E. Stewart, E. N. Lightfoot, and D. J. Klingenberg, Introductory Transport Phenomena, Wiley, New York (2015)

Wisconsin Chemical Engineering Centennial, 1905-2005

CBE centennial card

On August 12-14, 2005, the department celebrated its 100th birthday, with a centennial celebration that drew more than 300 alums, guests and friends. They came to Madison from around the world (literally) to reminisce, renew old friendships and learn about the past, present and future of the Chemical and Biological Engineering department at UW-Madison. The program opened with a reception Friday evening at Memorial Union, looking out over a beautiful view of the Union Terrace and Lake Mendota. The following morning Bob Bird told us about the history of the department, Harmon Ray highlighted the accomplishments of its alumni and Jim Rawlings showed where the department is today and how it is moving forward into its second century. On Saturday evening, 400 alums, guests, faculty and current grad students and postdocs packed into the Great Hall at Memorial Union for a banquet and program with master of ceremonies Juan de Pablo. On Sunday, alums were on their own to enjoy a gorgeous day in Madison.

See more about our centennial celebration on the centennial website.