Georgia Tech Professor Emeritus Appointed to the National Science Board

The U.S. Senate voted in late September to confirm Arnold F. Stancell, emeritus professor and Turner Servant Leadership Chair in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, as one of the newest members of the National Science Board.

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Arnold F. Stancell, emeritus professor and Turner Servant Leadership Chair in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, has been named as one of the newest members of the National Science Board.

Earlier this year, President Obama nominated Stancell to the board, which is the governing body of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Composed of 24 members, including Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson, the board serves as policy advisor to the President and Congress, oversees NSF’s $7 billion annual budget and makes recommendations on funding competitively reviewed research proposals from U.S. universities and other research organizations.

Candidates for the National Science Board must demonstrate leadership, intellectual contributions, breadth, depth and understanding of scientific knowledge, distinguished service and potential for further contribution.

“I am honored by President Obama's nomination, and I look forward to the opportunity to use my experience in technology and business to help foster science and engineering advances for the nation,” Stancell said.

Stancell joined the Georgia Tech faculty in 1994 after a 31-year career at Mobil Oil, where he first worked in research and development and retired as vice president of international exploration and production. He graduated magna cum laude in chemical engineering from the City College of New York and earned his doctoral degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he later returned as a visiting professor.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Stancell is also the recipient of the National Award for Chemical Engineering Practice given by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. U.S. Black Engineer & IT Magazine named him Black Engineer of the Year in 1992, and in 1997, he was chosen by AIChE as one of One Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era. He was also selected by Georgia Tech students as the Outstanding Chemical Engineering Professor of the Year in 1997 and 2004.