Bruce Eldridge

Program Head, Process Science and Technology Center

Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering

eldridge@che.utexas.edu

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Education

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin (1986)
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, The University of Arkansas (1981)
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, The University of Arkansas (1980)

Focus

The development of separations technologies to meet current and future industrial needs.

Research

The separations research effort is divided into three groups:

  • Traditional separations technologies – The fundamental understanding of widely practiced mass transfer processes such as distillation and extraction can be expanded through the development of mechanistic models. Research in this area addresses both mass transfer and hydraulic aspects of these technologies.
  • Novel separations technologies – Traditional separations processes suffer from high energy consumption and high capital cost requirements. More selective separations technologies offer the potential to reduce these negative factors and produce more cost effective process designs.
  • New applications of traditional separations technologies – As frontier areas such as biotechnology and microelectronics fabrication mature, separations issues will become increasingly important. The research effort is targeted at meeting challenges presented in these rapidly expanding areas by evaluating mature technologies for new applications.

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (elected 2010)
  • The University of Arkansas Academy of Chemical Engineering (2008) – Director (2010)
  • Stice, Wissler, Schechter – TEAChE undergraduate teaching award (2009)
  • Young Engineer of the Year–Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers (1993)
  • Young Engineer of the Year–Bartlesville Chapter of OSPE (1993)