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Chemical professor emeritus named ‘Pioneer of Diversity’ by AIChE

Thomas Marrero speaks at his retirement party.

Thomas Marrero earned a Pioneers of Diversity Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers “for his dedication to MAC and for his mentorship of Hispanic chemical engineers in AIChE and the profession.”

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers [AIChE] selected Thomas Marrero, professor emeritus of chemical engineering at MU, as a recipient of its new Pioneers of Diversity Award at the AIChE 2015 Annual Meeting in November in Salt Lake City.

The Pioneers of Diversity Awards were given as part of the AIChE Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) 25th anniversary celebration. The committee selected 13 recipients to recognize their service either as members of or in support of the MAC. Marrero, an AIChE Fellow and former chair of the Societal Impact Operating Council, was “recognized for his dedication to MAC and for his mentorship of Hispanic chemical engineers in AIChE and the profession,” according to the award ceremony information.

Marrero retired last December after 35 years on the faculty of the MU Chemical Engineering Department. During that time, he served in a variety of capacities, including five years as student chapter adviser of the AIChE and as adviser to the student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, among numerous others. He’s been a member of the AIChE for more than 50 years and was named Fellow in 2004.