Antony Beris named a fellow of Society of Rheology

11:14 a.m., May 5, 2016–Antony Beris, the Arthur B. Metzner Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware, has been elected a fellow of the Society of Rheology.

Fellowship status recognizes a history of distinguished scientific achievement, a significant technological accomplishment and/or outstanding scholarship in the field of rheology. Service to the society is also an important component to fellowship status. The inaugural class of fellows was elected in 2015.

Beris was recognized for more than 30 years of service to the society as well as to the field of rheology in general, including co-organizing the annual meeting in 1994 and 2006, several international workshops in the fields of nonequilibrium thermodynamics and numerical methods of non-Newtonian flows, and numerous sessions in national and international conferences.

In parallel, he has contributed more than 120 refereed papers on rheology and rheology-related issues, including five with more than 140 citations each in topics ranging from viscoplastic to viscoelastic, liquid crystalline flows.

Beris also co-authored, with former graduate student Brian Edwards, currently at University of Tennessee, a seminal research monograph Thermodynamics of Flowing Systems (Oxford U. Press, 1994) that opened new opportunities in the modeling of rheology and transport phenomena within complex materials. In another seminal contribution, his research group was the first to simulate polymer-induced drag reduction in turbulent flow high-performance computations.

Most recently, Beris was awarded the Willem Prins Award from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands in recognition of his previous contributions to the modeling of polymer rheology in 2015.

“I would like to acknowledge the late Art Metzner from our department, himself a famous rheologist and great contributor to the Society of Rheology, for all his help and guidance over my UD years; Bob Gore for supporting the Arthur B. Metzner professorship that I have, and my colleague Norman J. Wagner, with whom I am continuing my rheology research in studying thixotropy and blood flow,” said Beris.

Article by Diane Kukich

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