Years ago - eighteen years ago to be precise, I had met with Prof Dr Robinson at the HYSIM Users Conference in Banff Canada. Being the shy engineer that I was at that time - despite representing a big oil company at an international conference, I only took the picture of him while he was dancing with his wife at the conference dinner.
This time around as part of the organizing committee, I had the chance to pick Dr Peng up at the airport, take him out for dinner for a couple of times, and had numerous chats with him especially when everybody else was a bit shy to approach him.
I had asked him during dinner whether there would be another equation of state in my lifetime and whether anyone would ever come up with one. This is a philosophical question after he had told me how he had come up with his EOS as part of an assignment by Dr Robinson.
Just imagine, coming up such equation which would be used through out the world, day in day out by chemical engineer, in only 7 months.
I would have to give you his answer in the next entry.
Nonetheless, I believe Dr Peng was a bit surprised to see the adulation and respect given to him by the conference attendees. Quite a few of us we simply in awe of him when they came up to meet up with him; I was privileged to see that as I was with Dr Peng most of the time. Dr Peng, being the very humble person that he is, was dismissive whenever I teased him about his legion of 'fans'.
No doubt many of the young chemical engineers present at the conference left with indellible mark in their mind. I do hope that that will give them enough impetus to try and emulate him in their chosen fields.
This blogger with Prof Dr Peng and Prof Dr Satyro - both Canadians at the end of the conference. Our chemical engineers should try to emulate the standard set by these two renowned thermodynamists. This was once in a lifetime chance for me to have this picture. I was told by my Japanese counterpart that our Japanese guests specifically attended the conference to hear Dr Peng's speech!
I can't think of any.
What's your opinion on this Prof (at Newcastle)? What should we do to produce world class engineers with our own product lines to sell to the world?