Carolyn Ann Koh, William K. Coors Distinguished Chair and professor of chemical and biological engineering, has been honored with two prestigious international awards: The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Guggenheim Medal and the Yeram S. Touloukian Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
The Guggenheim Medal is named in honor of Edward A. Guggenheim, a professor at the University of Reading (U.K.) who is noted for his 1933 publication of Modern Thermodynamics. The medal is awarded to individuals who have made a significant recent contribution to research in thermodynamics and/or complex fluids. Past recipients for this award include NAE members.
Established in 1997, the Yeram S. Touloukian Award is bestowed every three years to recognize outstanding technical contributions in the field of thermophysical properties. Fields recognized by the award include, but are not limited to, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, physics and chemistry. This honor is awarded by ASME to honor the contributions of Yeram Touloukian, who was a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Thermophysical Properties Research Center at Purdue.
Koh’s pioneering research focuses on understanding the nucleation, crystallization and agglomeration mechanisms for natural gas hydrates, which could be expanded to carbon sequestration approaches. She has also won a number of other awards and honors throughout her career, including the Young Scientist Award and Medal of the British Association for Crystal Growth, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and visiting professor appointments at Cornell University, Penn State University and University of London, and several Mines awards, including Distinguished Lecturer 2020.