POTSDAM – Prof. Ruth E. Baltus of Potsdam, chair of Clarkson University's Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, has been elected to the board of directors of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS).
Her three-year term began this month.
NAMS is a North American professional society that promotes all aspects of membrane science and technology, ranging from fundamental studies of membrane material science to process application and development.
Membranes are selective barriers that are used to separate components in a mixture. Membrane separations are used in water treatment processes, in the food processing industry, in pharmaceutical production and for purifying gases.
NAMS promotes the further development and understanding of membranes and membrane processes through the organization of national and international meetings, workshops, support of student travel to meetings and publication of a quarterly magazine.
Baltus' scholarly work has involved both theoretical and experimental studies of membrane separations, as well as experimental investigations of the characteristics of room temperature ionic liquids.
Baltus joined the Clarkson University faculty in 1983, after receiving her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. She has been a visiting research fellow at General Electric Corporate Research & Development Labs in Schenectady, N.Y., and a faculty research participant at Oak Ridge National Lab in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
In 2006, Baltus delivered the prestigious Augustine Silveira Jr. Distinguished Lecture at her undergraduate alma mater, SUNY Oswego, where she was also honored with a Lifetime Award of Merit from the university's alumni association. She is a recipient of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, Clarkson's Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Clarkson Student Association Outstanding Teaching Award.
Baltus has authored many technical publications and given presentations throughout the U.S. and around the world. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Petroleum Research Fund and the National Institutes of Health. In addition, she has mentored six Ph.D., 12 M.S. and many undergraduate research students.