Congratulations to Richard Cope who was selected winner of the 2020 NAMF Award for Excellence and Sustained Contributions to Mixing Research and Practice. The Award was presented on November 20, 2020 during the AIChE Virtual Annual General Meeting.
Richard Cope is a Process Consultant for Mixing at SPX FLOW Lightnin Mixers. He joined Lightnin in 2020 after more than 19 years with The Dow Chemical Company, and 7.5 years with bio-pharmaceutical companies Eli Lilly and Co. and Alkermes, Inc. Richard holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He is a co-author of sixteen technical papers and two encyclopedia chapters, and holds seven US and world patents for the design of mixers and mixing impellers including the award-winning KT-3 tickler. He has expanded and enhanced mixing capabilities in numerous facilities producing such products as polymer resins and films, agricultural chemicals, bio-pharmaceutical and fine chemicals, electronic materials, food supplements, ceramic monoliths, and personal care products. His areas of expertise include liquid-liquid dispersion, solid suspension and distribution, gas-liquid mixing (e.g., extraction and fermentation), chemical reactor design and scaling (up and down), high-shear mixing, and pipeline static mixers. He is experienced in both experimental methods and computer modeling. He co-conceived and designed an experiment conducted on the International Space Station to help address the draw down and wetting out of floating solids. Richard is currently the Treasurer and a council member of the North American Mixing Forum.