Howard Littman, PhD

Title: Chemical Engineer, Professor Emeritus
Location: Schenectady, New York, United States

Howard Littman, Chemical Engineer and Professor Emeritus, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in fluid-particle systems.

Dr. Littman attended Brooklyn Technical High School and graduated in 1945. He spent the semester at Cornell University before being called upon to serve in the US Navy. He was sent to the Great Lake’s Naval Trainee Station for boot camp and while he was there, the atomic bomb was dropped and his service in the Navy ended. He returned to Cornell and graduated in 1951 with a BChemE and then went on to Yale, receiving a PhD in 1956. Dr. Littman began his teaching career in 1955, serving as assistant and then associate professor at Syracuse University for the first decade of his career. During this time, he spent the summer of 1957 conducting research at Brookhaven National Laboratory and 1957 to 1959, conducting research at Argonne National Laboratory.

In 1965, Dr. Littman joined the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He remained at the institution up until his retirement in 2001, attaining professor emeritus status. During his time as a professor of chemical engineering, Dr. Littman also served for a year as a chairman of the faculty council at the institution. Furthermore, he was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Belgrade in 1972, a visiting professor at Chonnam National University in South Korea, and at Imperial College in London from 1971 to 1972. A holder of several patents, Dr. Littman has also left his mark on the chemical engineering field with a number of contributions to articles and professional journals. In addition, he is one of the founders of the Onondaga Hill Free Library. He considers the library a highlight of his career as he worked with his wife to put the facility in place.

In addition, Dr. Littman is proud of getting a delivery service for research at RPI and the entire region. He is proud of the fact that many of his students succeeded in their field and he created lifelong friendships with many of them. In 1973, Dr. Littman was recognized with the IREX grant from the University of Belgrade. He received the Distinguished Faculty Award from RPI in 1988. In 2013, an honorary session to celebrate his career accomplishments was held at the AICHE annual meeting in San Francisco. In his career, he maintained a fellowship with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and memberships with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Chemical Society.

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