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Prof. Alvin Nienow receives "Doctor Honoris Causa" degree

Alvin Nienow, Emeritus Professor of Biochemical Engineering has been awarded the honorary degree “Doctor Honoris Causa” by the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Poland. The degree is the most prestigious award conferred by Polish universities on academics who have made significant contributions to the development of a specific scientific field and have also fostered international collaboration between members of the university and their home institution. This award acknowledges Alvin’s international standing, based on his contributions to developing a better understanding of mixing in fluidised beds and in stirred reactors and bioreactors. It also recognises his extensive collaboration with engineers from many countries, for example the USA, Japan, Canada, Italy, Czech Republic in addition to Poland, which has also contributed to the development of mixing.

The ceremony took place in Szczecin, Poland in May 2010. It was also an important event for the West Pomeranian University of Technology, because such degrees are only awarded in Poland on average once every two or three years. Alvin is the first Doctor Honoris Causa of the University, the leading technological institution in the region, which was only established in 2009 through the merger of two longstanding predecessors, the Academy of Agriculture and the Technical University of Szczecin.

During his oration, ‘Mixing with Chemical Engineers; Szczecin, Poland and the World’, Alvin thanked the University for the award of such a high honour. He also particularly recognised the enormous benefit and pleasure he had received from collaborating with so many excellent people from such a wide range of countries both in academia and in industry. It had been a great privilege and was the most satisfying part of academic life.