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Dr. John W. Prados, P.E.

Vice President and University Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Tennessee: Flow Visualization Utilizing a Doubly Refracting Liquid

Brief Bio

For more than 50 years at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Prados served in a variety of roles including full-time faculty member and department head in Chemical Engineering, Associate Dean of Engineering, Dean of Admissions and Records, Acting Chancellor of the Knoxville and Martin campuses, and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Statewide University System. A consultant for industry, government, and higher education in the U.S. and abroad, he was also Senior Education Associate in the National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate (1994-97). His volunteer professional service includes Engineering Accreditation Commission Chair and President of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); Treasurer and Director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE); President and Treasurer of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society; Commission on Colleges and Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; Tau Beta Pi Executive Councilor; and editor of the Journal of Engineering Education published by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He is a fellow of ABET, AIChE, and ASEE and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee (retired status). As a faculty member, Dr. Prados directed the graduate research of 10 PhD and 31 MS students. He received the BS from the University of Mississippi, and the MS and PhD from the University of Tennessee, all in chemical engineering.

Research Areas

(former) Flow visualization, separation by thermal diffusion, process dynamics, mathematical simulation of chemical and nuclear systems

(current) Engineering education and accreditation

Selected Awards and Honors

2007 Lifetime Achievement Award in Chemical Engineering Pedagogy, ASEE
2004 James T. Rogers Distinguished Leadership Award, Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
2001, 1999, 1992 Chemical Engineering Department Outstanding Teacher
2000, 1997, 1994 Chemical Engineering Department Outstanding Advisor
1997-1998 Faculty Macebearer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1993 Linton E. Grinter Award for Service to Engineering Education, ABET

Professional Activities

Board of Trustees, AIChE Foundation
Board of Trustees, F. W. Olin College of Engineering
External Examiner, College of Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University (Oman)
Chair, Engineering Education Committee, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Past Chair, Assembly of Fellows, ASEE
Chair, Editorial Board, The BENT of Tau Beta Pi

Selected Publications

Prados, J. W. (Editor) (2007). "A Proud Legacy of Quality Assurance in the Preparation of Technical Professionals: ABET’s 75th Anniversary Retrospective" ABET, Inc., Baltimore, MD.

Prados, J. W., Peterson, G. D., Lattuca, Lisa R. (2005). “Quality Assurance of Engineering Education through Accreditation: The Impact of Engineering Criteria 2000 and Its Global Influence.” Journal of Engineering Education 94(1): 165-184.
Prados, J. W. (2004). “Can ABET Really Make a Difference?” International Journal of Engineering Education 20(3): 315-317.

Prados, J. W., Proctor, S. I. (2000). “What Will It Take to Reform Engineering Education?” Chemical Engineering Progress 96(3): 91-96.

Prados, J. W. (1998). "Engineering Education in the United States: Past, Present, and Future." Proceedings, International Conference on Engineering Education: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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Contact Dr. Prados

423 Dougherty Engineering Bldg.
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-2200
Tel: (865) 974-6053