Rutgers University presented the 2012 Medal of Excellence for Alumni Achievement in Academia to Dr. C. Stewart Slater, a chemical engineering professor at Rowan University.
This award is made annually to an outstanding alumnus of the University who has distinguished himself or herself in the academic field. Slater received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in chemical and biochemical engineering from Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Slater was founding chair of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University. As founding chair, his responsibilities included curriculum and laboratory development, hiring faculty and staff, student recruitment, and industrial relations.
Prior to joining Rowan, he was a faculty member at Manhattan College, where he was active in chemical engineering curriculum development and established a laboratory for advanced separation processes with the support of the National Science Foundation and industry.
Slater’s research and teaching interests are in separation and purification technology; green engineering and sustainable design; and investigation novel processes for interdisciplinary fields such as pharmaceutical engineering, biotechnology and green engineering. He has authored more than 100 papers and several book chapters. He has received research funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Foundation (NSF) and industry.
His research interests in engineering education involve both laboratory and curriculum development. He has held national office in several divisions of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and has been elected Fellow Member of the society. He currently serves as chair of the Publications Board of Chemical Engineering Education journal. He has conducted educational and research workshops for ASEE, NSF, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and NATO.
Among Slater’s many honors and awards are the Environmental Quality Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Rowan University Wall of Fame for Excellence in Teaching and Advising, ASEE’s Chester Carlson Award, George Westinghouse Award and Dow Outstanding Faculty Award.