Dr. Richard M. Felder is Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a coauthor of Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes (4th edition, Wiley, 2015), which since 1978 has been used as the introductory chemical engineering text by roughly 90% of American universities and a number of universities elsewhere, and he has authored or coauthored four book chapters, over 150 education-related papers and over 100 "Random Thoughts" columns, and numerous papers on chemical process engineering. Together with his wife and colleague, Dr. Rebecca Brent, he coauthored Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide (Jossey-Bass, 2016), presented over 600 teaching and faculty development workshops and seminars throughout the United States and abroad, and regularly contributes to their blog.
Dr. Felder received the B.Ch.E. degree from the City College of New York in 1962 and the Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1966. He worked for the Atomic Energy Research Establishment (Harwell, England) and Brookhaven National Laboratory before joining the North Carolina State faculty in 1969. He discusses some of his personal history and aspects of his teaching philosophy in an interview in the "ChE Thoughts" journal of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and in an "Engineering Education Pioneers" profile created as part of a University of Washington Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching project. More information about him can be found in a Wikipedia profile, and he can be seen in two streaming videos:
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