Dr. James Newell
Chemical Engineering Department, Rowan Hall
My current research activities include examination of structure-property relationships in high-performance fibers, statistical modeling of compressive and tensile failure using maximum likelihood theory, developing novel uses for high-performance polymers as precursor materials, and enhancing the recoil strength of Kevlar. I am a member of the American Carbon Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), where I serve as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Chemical Engineering Division. I have published articles in Carbon, High Performance Polymers, The Journal of Applied Polymer Science, The International Journal of Engineering Education, The Journal of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education and Chemical Engineering Education. I also coauthored a textbook chapter on the spinning of carbon fiber precursors. My work has been presented at several international conferences in Spain and across the US. In 1997, I was named as the Dow Outstanding New Faculty Member by the North Midwest section of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). In 2001, I received the Ray Fahein Award from ASEE for contributions to Chemical Engineering education. Along with Kevin Dahm, I also received the 2001 Professional Interest Council Group III (PIC-III) Best Paper Award at the 2001 ASEE conference in Albuquerque.