Virginia Tech: Invent the Future Department of Chemical Engineering

  Y. A. Liu

Selected Publications
Industrial Sponsors
Group Members
Awards and Honors

Pump Sizing and Selection Made Easy
Hydrogen Pinch Made Easy
VT Sigma Profile Database
Water Design Software
Biodiesel Modeling


Awards and Honors


  1. National Friendship Award, Premier Zhu Rongjie on behalf of the State Council, People';s Republic of China, 2000, given to top 50 internationals among over 240,000 working annually in China, for contributions to helping Chinese petrochemical industries with technology development and engineering training since 1992.
  2. AspenTech International Award for University Excellence in Computer-Aided Design, Aspen Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1996, for excellence in computer-aided design, as chosen from worldwide nominations from AspenTech software users among 900 universities in over 60 countries.


  1. Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2002, in recognition and appreciation of superior achievements, valuable contributions and service in chemical engineering.
  2. Fred Merryfield Design Award for creativity and demonstrated excellence in the teaching and research of engineering design, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 1993.
  3. George Westinghouse Award for excellence in engineering education, ASEE, 1990, ASEE';s highest honor for an engineering educator under age 45, for outstanding early achievements in both teaching and scholarship.
  4. National Catalyst Award for excellence in chemical education, Chemical Manufacturers Association, 1986. Nominees for the award must be professors of chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering with a minimum of 10 years of full-time teaching experience in four-year colleges in the United States and Canada.


  1. Western Electric Fund Award for excellence in instruction of engineering students, ASEE, 1984.


  1. 2015 Virginia Professor of the Year, U. S. Professors of the Year Awards Program, Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education, 2015..
  2. Outstanding Faculty Award, State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV), 2000, awarded by Governor Jim Gilmore; the highest honor for a faculty at Virginia';s public and private colleges and universities. For outstanding achievements in teaching, research and public services.


  1. Alumni Distinguished Professorship, Virginia Tech, 2012. A pre-eminent faculty appointment, reserved by the board of visitors for recognition of faculty who, over time, have made outstanding contributions to the instructional program of the university and, in so doing, have touched the lives of generations of Virginia Tech alumni.
  2. Outstanding Career Achievement Award, Tufts University graduate school of arts, sciences and engineering, 2010. This award is presented annually to Tufts graduates who have "with the help of his/her graduate education, excelled in his/her career of choice," according to Tufts Web site. Selected for the honor from more than 12,000 Tufts graduate alumni of arts, sciences and engineering.
  3. Gregory Botsaris Lectureship, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts University, October, 2008. "Fundamentals and Industrial Practice of Water Reuse and Wastewater Minimization: How to Develop and Implement Significant Water Savings in Global Top Ten Chemical Companies?"
  4. Dean's Award for Excellence in Services (2000), College of Engineering, Virginia Tech.
  5. Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), College of Engineering, Virginia Tech.
  6. Excellent Community Service Award presented by the Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Virginia Tech, 1998, in recognition of contributions to VT-ACSS as faculty advisor from 1995 to present.
  7. Academy of Teaching Excellence, Virginia Tech, 1997.
  8. Wine Award for a History of University Teaching Excellence, Virginia Tech Alumni Association, 1996-97.
  9. Sporn Awards for Excellence in Engineering Teaching, Student Engineers'; Council, Virginia Tech, selected by student engineering society representatives for 6,000 engineering undergraduate students, twice (1995-1996).
  10. Sporn Awards for Excellence in Engineering Teaching, Student Engineers'; Council, Virginia Tech, selected by student engineering society representatives for 6,000 engineering undergraduate students, twice (2006-2007).
  11. Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Virginia Tech, 1994.
  12. Distinguished Alumni Award, Tufts University, 1990.
  13. Plaque of appreciation presented by the Chemical Engineering Faculty, Virginia Tech, October 1985, which reads as follows: "Presented by the Faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech, to Y. A. Liu, Frank C. Vilbrandt Professor of Chemical Engineering, for his leadership in arranging for the Frank C. Vilbrandt Memorial Conference and Golden Anniversary Celebration, October 10-11, 1985."
  14. Frank C. Vilbrandt Endowed Professorship, Virginia Tech, 1983.
  15. Alumni Professorship, Auburn University, 1980-82; the top chaired professorship that can be awarded to a faculty member at Auburn University.
  16. Outstanding Engineering Faculty Award, Auburn University, 4 times (1980-81, 1979-80, 1978-79, 1976-77), "for having demonstrated his ability as a stimulating, knowledgeable, and concise instructor and having shown a keen interest and concern for each student's personal development"; Best chemical engineering teacher selected by junior and senior chemical engineering students, Auburn University, 1975. Received the best undergraduate and graduate course evaluations in the Chemical Engineering Department at Auburn University in 14 out of 17 quarters with teaching assignments since the mandatory student course evaluation system became effective in fall, 1975.
  17. Plaque of Appreciation presented by the Chemical Engineering Faculty, Auburn University, December 1981, which reads as follows: "In appreciation to Y. A. Liu, an Auburn alumni chairholder, excellent researcher and outstanding teacher, a friend and colleague whose competence, warmth and thoughtfulness we shall miss but always cherish."
  18. Plaque of Appreciation presented by Chemical Engineering students, Auburn University, November 1981, which reads as follows: "Presented to Dr. Y. A. Liu by the 81-82 Auburn Chapter of AIChE in recognition of his outstanding service and devotion to all Auburn chemical engineering students."