College of Engineering News

Professor receives Warren K. Lewis Award from AIChE

Babatunde Ogunnaike, the William L. Friend Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware, received the Warren K. Lewis Award for Chemical Engineering Education in October at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual meeting. AIChE is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 60,000 members from more than 110 countries. The Warren K. Lewis Award, given since 1963, is sponsored by ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company.

Ogunnaike was the dean of the College of Engineering from July 2011 until October 2018 and joined the UD faculty full-time in 2002. He previously worked in research and development for DuPont for 14 years. He has also taught classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Lagos and African University of Science and Technology. Ogunnaike earned his doctoral degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981.

In honor of Ogunnaike’s seven years of service as dean, the University established the Babatunde Ogunnaike Global Engineering Student Enrichment Fund, which is structured to provide financial assistance for students to engage in impactful global activities, such as an Engineers Without Borders service trip, a summer, semester, or winter session in a study abroad program, or international research in support of a new entrepreneurial venture.