Douglas M. Ruthven
Professor Emeritus in Chemical Engineering
Encaenia Ceremony C: May 19, 2005
Douglas Ruthven is internationally known for his innovative research in chemical engineering. In fact, his name has become synonymous with the theory and practice of adsorption.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he has received some of the most prestigious honours available: the Max Planck Research Award, an award from the Humboldt Foundation, the Century of Achievement Award from the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, and an honorary degree from the University of Cambridge.
A prolific author, Dr. Ruthven has published more than 250 refereed papers. He has served as North American editor of the journal Chemical Engineering Science, and on the editorial boards of five other major journals.
Dr. Ruthven played a key role in building the reputation of the chemical engineering department at UNB. He served as department chair and, for 11 years, as director of graduate studies. In addition to teaching numerous undergraduate courses, he developed five graduate-level courses, and supervised 40 successful graduate theses and 17 postdoctoral fellows.
During his 29 years at the University of New Brunswick, Dr. Ruthven worked tirelessly and with great enthusiasm in the interests of the university. An outstanding scholar, he maintains his ties to the university as an honorary research associate.