Rodney O. Fox


Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering
Executive Director, Center for Multiphase Flow Research and Education (


3035 Sweeney


AIChE Journal Associate Editor for Transport and Fluid Mechanics; International Journal of Multiphase Flow Editorial Advisory Board.
Honors and Awards:
  • Jean D’Alembert Senior Professor Chair, France
  • Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Award, France
  • International Francqui Professor Award, Belgium
  • Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Iowa State University Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research
  • UDCT Golden Jubilee Visiting Fellowship Lecture, Mumbai, India
  • Dr. G.P. Kane Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Hyderabad, India
  • Glenn Murphy Professor of Engineering
  • Halliburton Company Teaching Award
  • Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award, ASEE Midwest Section
  • 1991 Presidential Young Investigator Award
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Postdoctoral Fellow
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellow
  • Fulbright Scholar, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
  • RBUCE-UP Marie-Curie Senior Fellow, 2012-14, École Centrale Paris, France
  • Lagrange Fellow, 2010-11, Politecnico di Torino, Italy


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, 1987 M.S. Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, 1985 B.S. Chemical Engineering (cum laude), Kansas State University, 1982

Interest Areas

Our research focuses on the development, implementation and validation of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools for Chemical Reaction Engineering. With the ever-increasing power of desktop computers, CFD has become a powerful tool for chemical reactor analysis, design and optimization in the chemical process industry. Its successes have led to a growing demand for greater sophistication and range in the types of problems that can be treated. Thus, the elaboration of accurate yet tractable models for the manifold physical and chemical processes that occur in industrial-scale reactors is still very much an open and challenging field of inquiry. In attacking these problems, our modeling efforts draw on a large range of tools originating in diverse fields including probability theory and stochastic processes, non-linear dynamics, computational science and engineering, chemical reaction engineering, and transport phenomena.

Other Information
American Chemical Society American Institute of Chemical Engineers American Physical Society American Society of Engineering Education Omega Chi Epsilon Phi Kappa Phi Sigma Xi Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics


Primary Strategic Research Area

Energy Systems