The Ruckenstein Fund was established as an endowment to recognize and honor professor Eli Ruckenstein, a prolific researcher who made contributions in nearly every subfield of chemical engineering.
Ruckenstein was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has authored over 1000 refereed journal articles in almost every area of interest associated with chemical engineering, including thermodynamics, transport, catalysis, materials and bioengineering.
For many years, Ruckenstein organized the Department's weekly seminar series, and brought an unmatched level of enthusiasm and intellect to the question and answer sessions. The Department honors Ruckenstein with an annual lecture dedicated to him. Each year, this lecture will feature one of the leading figures in chemical engineering.