(Davis, Robert H - 2022) -- Distinguished Professorship uri icon



  • A member of the faculty since 1982, Davis has spent over 40 years demonstrating exemplary scholarly, instructional and leadership contributions to CU. Recipient of numerous scholarly honors and awards, Davis also was recognized by CU Boulder in 1989, 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2018 with Outstanding Teaching Awards and by the AlChE with the Warren K. Lewis Award in Chemical Engineering Education in 2019. Service honors and awards include the CU Boulder Robert L. Stearns Award and Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, among others.

    Davis’ research encompasses a broad array of chemical engineering topics. He and his students engage in modeling and experiments in the areas of fluid dynamics, biotechnology, and membrane filtration. A paper he coauthored on the topic of microfiltration in the Journal of Membrane Science is one of the most highly cited publications ever published in the journal. Davis has published 240 peer-reviewed journals and books, with over 19,000 citations. He has secured grants as Principal Investigator from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Education, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

    The funding secured through those numerous grants has allowed him to support an active cohort of postdoctoral, Ph.D., master’s and undergraduate researchers. Having mentored approximately 35 Ph.D. students, 30 master’s students, and more than 165 undergraduate researchers, he has been enormously impactful in his program at CU. Throughout Davis’ 25-year tenure as Department Chair and then Engineering Dean, CU Engineering has improved in areas of degrees awarded, ranking increases, and growth in research output. His peers attribute this impact in recent decades largely to his leadership.

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  • 2022