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academic administrator , educator , chemical engineer

Darsh Tilakchand Wasan, American University official, chemical engineer educator. Recipient Donald Gage Stevens Distinguished Lectureship award Syracuse University,1991, Jakob J. Bikerman Lectureship award Case Western U., 1994, Robert Gilpin Lecturer award Clarkson U., 1995, MacMoran Distinguished Lectrureship award Tulane University, 1996, Sidney Ross lecturer award, 1996, Bonnet Dodge Distinguished Lectureship award Yale University, 1998.


Wasan, Darsh Tilakchand was born on July 15, 1938 in Sarai, Salah, West Pakistan. Son of Tilakchand Gokalchand and Ishari Devi (Obhan) Wasan. came to the United States, 1957, naturalized, 1974.


Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1960; Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 1965.


Assistant professor chemical engineering, Illinois Institute Technology, Chicago, 1964-1967; associate professor, Illinois Institute Technology, Chicago, 1967-1970; professor, Illinois Institute Technology, Chicago, since 1970; department chairman, Illinois Institute Technology, Chicago, 1971-1977, 78-87; acting dean, Illinois Institute Technology, Chicago, 1977-1978, 87-88; vice president research and technical, Illinois Institute Technology, Chicago, 1988-1991; provost, Illinois Institute Technology, Chicago, since 1991; provost and senior vice president, Illinois Institute Technology, Chicago, 1995-1996; vice president, international and Motorola chair, Illinois Institute Technology, Chicago, since 1996. Consultant Institute Gas Technology, 1965-1970, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, 1967-1971, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, 1971-1972, National Science Foundation, 1971, 78-79, 87-89, Nelson Industries, since 1976, Benjamin Franklin Goodrich Chemical Company, 1976-1978, Exxon Research & Engineering Company, 1977-1989, Stauffer Chemical Company, 1980-1988, ICI Americans, 1988-1992. Procter & Gamble lecturer U. Cincinnati.


  • Other Work

    • Editor-in-chief Journal colloid and Interface science. Member publications board Chemical Engineering Education Journal. Member advisory board Journal Separations Technology, Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science, Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.


Fellow American Institute of Chemical Engineers (Ernest Thiele award 1989, Thomas Baron award in fluid-particle systems 2002, Alpha Chi Sigma award for chemical engineering research 2005). Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academy of Engineering, Indian National Academy of Engineering, American Chemical Society (award in colloid chemistry 2000, Langmuir Lectureship award 2004), American Society Engineering Education (Western Electric award 1972, 3M Lectureship award chemical engineering division 1991), Fine Particles Society (president 1976-1977, Hausner award 1982).


Married Usha Kapur, August 21, 1966. Children: Ajay, Kern.

Tilakchand Gokalchand Wasan

Ishari Devi (Obhan) Wasan

Usha Kapur

Kern Wasan

Ajay Wasan