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Ramesh C.


1009 LK Downing Building

Faculty Details

Professor and Chair

Ph.D.: Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1978
MS: Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1972
BS: Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, 1970


Reaction Kinetics, Separation Processes, Environmental Engineering


Hazardous Waste Treatment; Air and Water Pollution; Separation Processes; Mechanism and Kinetics in Environmental Systems

Subjects Taught: 

Mass and Energy Balances, Chemical Engineering Analysis, Process Design, Environmental Engineering, Reaction Engineering, Separation Processes, Chemical Engineering Laboratory

Detailed Information

About Me: 

Dr. Ramesh Chawla has over forty years of experience in teaching, research and industrial consulting in chemical and environmental engineering. He has authored/co-authored over 75 technical papers and made numerous technical presentations in these fields at national and international conferences. His publications include research studies in the areas of air pollution, surfactant and co-solvent assisted bioavailability enhancement, combustion and incineration chemistry and kinetics, kinetic modeling, measurement and monitoring of low level organic pollutants in air and water, photochemical smog formation, disinfection of water and wastewater, and hazardous waste treatment in aqueous and soil systems. Dr. Chawla is a fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and a member of several honor and professional societies in chemical and environmental engineering fields. He is a technical reviewer for professional journals and a reviewer for the NSF, NRC and EPA research proposals.

Appointments and Affiliations
HOWARD UNIVERSITY, Washington, DC - Department of Chemical Engineering
• Graduate Professor (1990 - Present), Graduate Associate Professor (1982 – 1990, tenured in 1982), Graduate Assistant Professor (1981 - 1982). Assistant Professor (1977 - 1981).
• Chair, Chemical Engineering (2005-2009); (2010-Present)
• Interim Associate Dean, College of Engineering, Architecture & Computer Sciences (2009-10).
• Interim Director, School of Engineering & Computer Science (2009-10).
• Director of Graduate Studies (1983-1988, 1994-97, 2002-05).

• Part-time Faculty (1975 - 1977) - College of Lifelong Learning
• Research/Teaching Assistant (1971 - 1975) - Department of Chemical Engineering.

• Stone & Webster Engineering Corp., Boston, MA - Technical Consultant (Summer 1984).
• AT&T Corporation, Allentown PA -Technical Consultant (Summers 1979 & 1980).
• Synthetics and Chemicals Corporation, Bareilley, - Student Intern (1969 - 1970).
• Herdillia Chemicals Corp., Bombay, India - Student Intern (Summer 1969).

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
1. Elected, Fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2013
2. Exemplary Teaching Award, HU Faculty Senate 2006
3. Nunn-Perry Award of Excellence, U.S. Air Force, Air Force Mentor-Protégé Program (HGL-Howard University-MicroPact Team). 2001-02; 2002-03
4. Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award, Acad. Affairs Division, Howard University, 1995-96.
5. Distinguished Teacher Award, School of Engineering, Howard University, 1995-96.
6. AIChE Outstanding Student Chapter Award from National AIChE, 1992-93 (Chapter Advisor).
7. AIChE Marx Isaacs (National AIChE) Outstanding Student Chapter Newsletter Award, (Chapter Advisor), 1992-93.
8. AT&T Outstanding Teacher Award, School of Engineering, Howard University, 1987-88.
9. Omega Chi Epsilon, Ch.E. Honor Society, 1987-Present.
10. AIChE Student Chapter Award of Appreciation, 1986-87.
11. Exxon Incentive Award for Outstanding Teaching, School of Engineering, Howard University (Co-recipient), 1982-83, 1986-87.
12. Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Engineering Instructor Award 1985-86.
13. Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1981-82.
14. Leadership & Professional Achievement Award, AIChE, Howard University, 1980-81.
15. Outstanding Instructor Award, AIChE Student Chapter, Howard University, 1978-79.

Representative Publications
1. Ighere, J. and Chawla, R.C., “Using Ferrous Ion for the Reductive Degradation of Hexavalent Chromium,” Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science, Vol.5 No.1, Jan. 2015.
2. Ighere, J. and Chawla, R.C., “Controlled-Release Analysis of Potassium Permanganate Using PMMA Matrix,” Journal of Minerals and Materials Characterization and Engineering, Vol. 2, No. 6: 539-544, Nov. 2014,
3. Mlusu, J., Chawla, R.C., “Kinetics of reductive reactions of hexavalent chromium in waste containing TCE.” Proceedings, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division. American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition: Denver, CO, Aug. 2011.
4. Farrell, A. and Chawla, R.C., “Solubility and Mass Transfer Studies in Aqueous and Soil Systems of TCE Using Isoprapanol and Tide® as Cosolvents,” Proc., International Conference: Contaminated Site Management, Niagara Falls, New York, October, 2009.
5. Chawla, R.C. and Pourhashemi, S.A, “Contaminant Removal from Dry and Wet Sands by Thermal Desorption,” International. Journal for Environment and Waste Management, 1, (2006), pp 39-47.
6. Martin, E. J., Chawla, R.C. and Swartzbaugh, J. T., ”Hazardous Waste Site Remediation Technology Selection,” Chapter 10, Solid Waste: Assessment, Monitoring and Remediation, Elsevier Press, 2004 (ISBN: 0-08-044321-4).
7. Chawla, R.C., Liou, R., Johnson, J.H. and Tharakan, J.P. "Biodegradation of PCBs in Aqueous and Soil Systems," Chapter 16 in Remediation of Hazardous Waste Contaminated Soils (Eds.: Wise, D.L., Trantolo, D.J., Inyang, H.I. and Cichon, E.J.) 2nd Ed., Marcel Dekker, New York, N.Y., pp: 237-264, April 2000.
8. Pourhashemi, S.A., Hao, O.J. and Chawla, R.C., "Experimental and Theoretical Study of the Non Linear Heat Conduction in Dry Porous Media," Int. Journal of Energy Research, 23, 389-401, 1999.
9. Adebona, B., Chawla, R.C., Martin, E.J., and Wheeler, J.W., "Organic Byproducts of Incomplete Combustion of Colored Bags and Inks”, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 60 (1998) 57-72.
10. Adebona, B., Shafagati, A., Martin, E.J., and Chawla, R.C., "Laboratory Evaluation of Products of Incomplete Combustion Formed from Burning of Agricultural Product Bags", In Pesticide Waste Management-Technology and Regulation, (Bourke, J.B., et al., Eds.), American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, ACS Symposium Series 510 Chapter 6, pp: 63-77, 1992.
11. Chawla, R.C., Porzucek C., Cannon, J.N. and Johnson, J.H., “Importance of Soil-Contaminant-Surfactant Interactions for In Situ Soil Washing". In Emerging Technologies for Hazardous Waste Management II(Tedder, D.W. & Pohland, F.G. Eds.), ACS Symposium Series 468, pp: 316-341, American Chemical Society, 1991.
12. Diallo, M.S., Johnson, J.H., Chawla R.C., Cannon, J.N. and Senftle, F.E., "Recovery of Organic Compounds from Sewage Sludge by Proton Transfer", In Emerging Technologies in Hazardous Waste Management (Tedder, D.W. & Pohland, F.G. Eds.), ACS Symposium Series 422, pages 311-327, Chapter 18, American Chemical Society, 1990.
13. Chawla, R.C., Diallo, M.S., Cannon, J.N., Johnson, J.H. and Porzucek C., “In-Situ Treatment of Soils Contaminated with Hazardous Organic Wastes using Surfactants: A Critical Analysis". In Solid/Liquid Separation: Waste Management and Productivity Enhancement, (Muralidhara, H., Ed.), pp: 355-367, Battelle Press, 1989.
14. Johnson, J.H., Chawla, R.C., Diallo, M.S., Wan, L., Cannon, J.N. and Henley, K.G., "Fuel from Municipal Sludge," Separations Innovative Concepts: Project Summaries, Chapter 7, Department of Energy, Battelle, PNL-6552/UC-311, 1988.
15. Chawla, R.C., Hossain, M.A., and Varma, M.M., "Environmental Influences, Waste Disposal, etc.", AIChEMI, Series G, Vol.1, pages 58-71, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, New York, 1986.
16. Chawla, R.C. and Varma, M.M., "Inflation and Relevant Indices", AIChEMI, Series G, Vol.1, pages 72-84, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, New York, 1986.
17. King, F.G. and Chawla, R.C., "Introducing the Regulatory Process in to the Chemical Engineering Curriculum: A Painless Method", Chemical Engineering Education, 18:30-33, Winter 1984.
18. King, F.G. and Chawla, R.C., "Steady State Material Balances on Multiple Unit Processes", AIChEMI, Series F, Vol.5, pages 10-16, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, New York, 1984.
19. Chawla, R.C. and King, F.G., "Enthalpy-Computation, Applications, Tables & Charts", AIChEMI, Series F, Vol.4, pages 21-34, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, New York, 1984.
20. King, F.G. and Chawla, R.C., "Enthalpy for Phase Change", AIChEMI, Series F, Vol.4, pages 35-46, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, New York, 1984.
21. Chawla, R.C. and King, F.G., "Heat of Solutions and Mixing", AIChEMI, Series F, Vol.4, pages 47-56, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, New York, 1984.
22. Varma, M.M., Torrence, G., Chawla, R.C., and Okrend, H., "Relative Disinfection Efficiencies of Chlorine and Chlorine Dioxide in Drinking Water," In Water Chlorination: Chemistry, Environmental Impact and Health Effects, Vol. 5, Jolley, R.L. et al. (Eds.), Ann Arbor Science Pub., Ann Arbor, MI, Chapter 50, PP 635-650, 1985.
23. Varma, M.M. and Chawla, R.C., "Bioconversion of Whey to Alcohol", Proceedings, BioEnergy '84 World Conference, Sweden, June 1984.
24. Chawla, R.C. and Varma, M.M., "Pollutant Transfer between Air, Water, and Soil - Criteria for Comprehensive Pollution Control Strategy," Journal, Environmental Systems, 11(4): 363-374, 1981-82.
25. Varma, M.M., Chawla, R.C., Balram, A., and Katz, H.M., "Kinetics of Trihalomethane Formation in Lyophilized Potomac Water", AIChE Symposium Series, 77(209), pages 220-226, 1981.
26. Krieger, B.B., Chawla, R.C., and Kummler, R.H., "Chemiluminescent Reactions of Oxygen Atoms with Reactive Hydrocarbons (HC). II. Basis for Reactive HC Monitor at 3064-A," Environmental Science & Technology, 12, p.p. 810-816, 1978.


2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco

Wed, March, 1 2017

One Senior and six juniors chemical engineering students respectively participated in the 2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco, CA, November 14-18, 2016. The­ students were Simone Stanley, April Howard, Anayia Reliford, Mahtab Waseem, Bekuechukwu Uzondu, Diwash Bajracharya and Okeoghene Osevwe. Simone Stanley (Senior Chemical Engineering student) won first place for her presentation of “An Experiment Based Smartphone Education App for a Simple Introduction to Chemical Engineering Kinetics” in the General Engineering and Engineering Education session of the poster competition.Read More >>

Professor Dr. Ramesh Chawla Invited to Serve on EPA's National Advisory Council

Tue, May, 24 2016

Dr. Ramesh Chawlaof the College of Engineering and Architecture's Chemical Engineering Department has been invited to serve on the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology for a two-year term. As a representative member, he will represent the interests of the Howard University Department of Chemical Engineering.Read More >>


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