Saint Martin 's engineering professor chosen for national directorship

Feb. 8, 2006

Lacey, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University Prof. Amanie Abdelmessih, Ph.D., has been elected national director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’s transport and energy processes division. She began her term Jan. 1 and will serve until the end of 2008.

The division, chartered as the heat transfer and energy conversion division in 1956 and renamed in 2001, cultivates the growth of these two broad fields of science and technology. It is composed of 18 national committees.

Abdelmessih previously served as division director, a volunteer position, from 2001 to 2003, then chaired the division’s Process Intensification Committee, which she will continue to lead.

A thermal engineer, Abdelmessih teaches in Saint Martin’s mechanical engineering department and directs its thermal engineering laboratories during the academic year. During the summer, she conducts research in thermal engineering. She has researched at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Marshall Space Flight Research Center, Argonne National Laboratory and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Abdelmessih is the recipient of numerous professional and education awards, including the Puget Sound Engineering Council’s 2005 Academic Engineer of the Year Award and the 2001 Monks of Saint Martin’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

For more information:

Amanie Abdelmessih
Ph.D. Professor, mechanical engineering
(360) 438-4532

Deanna Partlow
Media relations coordinator