bulletElected Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2004
bulletAlpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research, a national award given annually by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1995.


Dennis C. Prieve was born on September 1, 1947 in Portage, Wisconsin and received his BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida in 1970 while working as a co-op student for Westvaco Corp. in N. Charleston, SC. He went on to obtain his MS (1972) and PhD (1974) in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. His PhD dissertation concerns the kinetics of adsorption of colloidal particles from moving fluids and was performed under the supervision of Prof. Eli Ruckenstein. Since that time he has been on the faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1980, to Professor in 1983, and to Gulf Professor in 1997. He spent the 1984-85 year at Princeton Univerity where he collaborated with Prof. William B. Russel on calculating the effect of thin films on the van der Waals interactions. Later he spent the spring semester of 1996 at the University of Melbourne where he collaborated with Dr. Barry Hughes in Mathematics on adhesion and deformation of particles caused by surface forces, and where he also collaborated with Dr. Franz Grieser in Physical Chemistry on measurement of colloidal forces.