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AIChE Elects Dr. Lourdes Vega as New Fellow

March 29, 2022

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is a leading organization of chemical engineering professionals with more than 60,000 members from more than 110 countries.


Dr. Lourdes F. Vega, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of Khalifa University’s Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and Hydrogen (RICH), has been elected as a new fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the highest grade of membership of the institute. AIChE Fellows, nominated by peers and elected by the board of Directors, are prominent members recognized for their significant service to the profession and contributions to the industry. 


Dr. Vega is an internationally recognized leading authority in the field of molecular thermodynamics, clean energy, and sustainability. She has also integrated molecular modeling and simulations with process modeling and optimization—developing a holistic approach for process design, with recent applications in CO2 capture, hydrogen production, water treatment, and sustainable cooling systems. 


This is a new recognition of her work in the area of clean energy and sustainable products, for which she received the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal of Scientific Distinguishment in 2020. 


Aside from her accomplishments in research, Dr. Vega is a member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academy of Sciences (MBRAS) and the Emirates Scientists Council where she leads the Engineering and Technology Advisory Board. 


“I am very honored with this election. Being recognized by peers is very rewarding. Thanks to all my colleagues and collaborators who led to this achievement, without you it would have been impossible!” 


Ara Maj Cruz
Creative Writer
29 March 2022