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Stony Brook Professor to Receive National Award for Sustainability Education

Stony Brook, NY, September 26, 2018 –  Alex Orlov, PhD, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a faculty member of the  Consortium for Inter-Disciplinary Environmental Researchand the  Advanced Energy Center at Stony Brook University, will receive the  American Institute of Chemical Engineering’s (AIChE) Sustainable Engineering Forum Education Award.

The annual award, which comes with a $1,000 cash prize, is given to one national educator each year who has made outstanding contributions to sustainability education. Professor Orlov will receive the award at the AIChE’s annual meeting, to be held October 28 to November 2.

He is being recognized for his educational innovation at Stony Brook University, namely new approaches to teaching sustainability practices to undergraduate and graduate student engineering students. These include courses pioneering engineering design, life cycle analysis of materials, 3D printing of environmentally friendly consumer products and computer games that illustrate ecological impacts of packaging materials.

This honor adds yet another acknowledgement of Prof. Orlov's creative teaching efforts, which  have been already recognized by the 2017 American Chemical Society Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education and 2015 National Academy of Engineering  Frontiers of Engineering Education selection.

Prof. Orlov  teaching efforts are also matched by his  innovative research focused on synthesis of novel nanomaterials and tuning their properties for environmental and energy related applications. He was awarded the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the UK National Endowment for Science Technology and Arts CRUCIBLE award. In 2016 Dr. Orlov has been named Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer and was recognized by the State University of New York with Chancellor's Award of Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He was also selected to the Fellowship of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry, the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering (US), the EU-US (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering and was made Kavli Fellow in 2014 by the Kavli Foundation and the US National Academy of Sciences. 

AIChE is a professional society of more than 53,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries.


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