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John W. Prados
Tennessee, 1983-84

John W. Prados is vice president emeritus and university professor in the chemical engineering department at The University of Tennessee, where he has been employed for the past 40 years, beginning as a graduate assistant in 1953. For 13 years he was a full-time chemical engineering faculty member; then, for the next 20, he held various administrative positions, including associate dean of engineering, dean of admissions and records, acting chancellor of the Knoxville and Martin campuses, acting director of energy conversion programs at The University of Tennessee Space Institute, and, for 15 years, vice president for academic affairs of the statewide University of Tennessee System. From 1990-93 he was head of the chemical engineering department. He has been a consultant to the Union Carbide Corporation and Martin Marietta Energy Systems in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and to a number of universities and higher education state agencies. Prados has conducted research and published papers in the areas of flow visualization, thermal diffusion, process dynamics and mathematical simulation of chemical and nuclear systems. A native Tennessean, he earned his B.S. in chemical engineering at the University of Mississippi and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at The University of Tennessee. A past president of Sigma Xi (1983-84), Prados has served as treasurer since 1990.


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