Honors and Awards

Elected NASF Fellow, 2017.
Plenary, Surface Finishing Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities, SUR/FIN 2017, Atlanta, GA, June 19-21, 2017.
AIChE Sustainable Engineering Education Award, AIChE-SEF, 2016.
Keynote, Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing: A Multidisciplinary Collaboration Approach, at the PSE2015/ESCAPE25 Copenhagen, Denmark, May 31-June 4, 2015.
Keynote, Sustainable Design and Manufacturing: A Multiscale Complex Systems Approach, The 4th International Congress on Sustainability Science and Engineering, Balatonfured, Hungary, May 26-29, 2015
Keynote, Sustainable Manufacturing: Research Frontier and Collaboration, at the European RENESENG Workshop on Biorefinery Modeling, Lyngby, Denmark, May 27-31, 2015
Elected AIChE Fellow, 2014
William Blum Memorial Lecture - Plenary Speech on Sustainable Surface Finishing, SUR/FIN Conference, Cleveland, OH, June 9-11, 2014.
NASF Scientific Achievement Award, National Association of Surface Finishing, 2013
Plenary Speaker, 2nd World Cong. on Sustainability Eng., Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 29, 2012.
AIChE Research Excellence in Sustainable Engineering Award, AIChE-SEF, 2010
Plenary Speaker, Sustainable Engineering Forum, AIChE Annual Nat’l Mtg., Nov. 7-12, 2010.
Keynote Speech on Industrial Sustainability, SUR/FIN Conf., Grand Rapids, MI, June 13-17, 2010.
Michigan Green Chemistry Governor's Award, 2009
Fulbright Scholar, U.S. Department of State, 2008
Visiting Professor, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, Spring-Summer, 2009
University Distinguished Professor (Visiting), South China University of Technology, China, 2006 - 2009
Keynote Speaker on Sustainability Education, The UNESCO International Workshop on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development, Oct. 31 -Nov. 2, 2006.
Keynote Speaker on Profitable Pollution Prevention and Sustainability, The 7th World Congress on Recovery, Recycling, and Reintegration, Beijing, China, Sept. 25-29, 2005.
Charles H. Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Wayne State University, 2005.
Wayne State University Presidential Research Enhancement Award, 2010 and 2003.
Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, China, Spring-Summer, 2002
Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, Wayne State University, 2001
Career Development Chair Award, Wayne State University, 2000
Teaching Award, College of Engineering, Wayne State University, 1999
DAAD Fellow, Germany, 1996
Visiting Professor, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, Summer, 1996.
Faculty Research Award, Wayne State University, 1994, 1995
Minority Faculty Research Award, Wayne State University, 1994
Listed, Who’s Who in the World, 2000
Listed, International Who’s Who of Professionals, 1997
Panelist, NSF Workshop on Environmentally Benign Manufacturing, Ypsilanti, MI, Sept. 25-29, 2001.
Panelist, NSF Workshop on Hybrid Methods for Waste Minimization, Snowmass, CO, July 15-19, 1998.

Advisor for the Student Best Oral Presentation Award at the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Chemical Product and Process Engineering, Nanjing, China, May 31-June 3, 2016.
Awardee: Aida Amini Rankouhi
Awarded Paper: Amini Rankouhi, A. and Y. L. Huang, "Determination of Maximum Recoverable Mechanical
Energy by Work Exchanger Networks: A Thermodynamic-Based Modeling and Analysis Approach".
Advisor for the Student Best Poster Presentation Award at the 4th International Conference on Sustainable
Chemical Product and Process Engineering, Nanjing, China, May 31-June 3, 2016.
Awardee: Shaoqing Bai
Awarded Paper: Bai, S. and Y. L. Huang, "Time-Variant, Flexible Heat Integration for Energy Recovery and Economic Assessment for Automotive Painting Systems".
Advisor for the Student Best Paper Award at the 3rd International Congress on Sustainability Science and Engineering, Cincinnati, OH, Aug. 11-15, 2013.
Awardee: Rohan Uttarwar
Awarded Paper, Uttarwar, R. and Y. L. Huang, "Nanopaint Spray and Nanocoating Development: Analysis of Energy and Material Efficiency, Environmental Quality and Health Impact".
Advisor for the Student Best Paper Award of the AIChE Sustainable Engineering Forum, 2012.
Awardee: Zheng Liu
Awarded Paper: Liu, Z. and Y. L. Huang, "Technology Evaluation and Decision Making for Sustainability Enhancement of Industrial Systems under Uncertainty," AIChE J., 58(6), 1841-1852, 2012.
Advisor for the Student Best Poster Paper Award, of the First International Congress on Sustainability Science Engineering, Cincinnati, OH, Aug. 9-12, 2009.
Awardee: Zheng Liu
Awarded Paper: "A Fuzzy-Logic-Based Triple-A Template for Industrial Sustainability Enhancement."
Advisor for the Student Best Paper Award of the AIChE Sustainable Engineering Forum, 2008.
Awardee: Cristina Piluso
Awarded Paper: Piluso, C. and Y. L. Huang, "Ecological Input-Output Analysis-Based Sustainability
Analysis of Industrial Systems," Ind. & Eng. Chem. Research, 47(6), 1955-1966, 2008.
Advisor for the AIChE Process Development Division Best Paper Award, 2006.
Awardee: Jie Xiao
Awarded Paper: Xiao, J., J. Li, Q. Xu, H. H. Lou, and Y. L. Huang, "Ant-Colony-System-Based Dynamic Optimization for Curing of Polymeric Coating," AIChE J., (52(4), 1410-1422, 2006
Advisor for the AIChE Student National Design Contest Award for the Wayne State University Team, 2005
Awardees: Zeena R. Kas and Mihai Manitiu
Design project title: Extraction of Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere
Award Type: The Safety and Health Division Design Award: Best Utilization of the Principles of Inherent Safety
Advisor for the AIChE Student National Design Contest Award for the Wayne State University Team, 2003.
Awardees: Thomas Sanders and Steve Dupuis
Design project title: Recycling Nitric Acid from a Radioactive Liquid Waste Stream
Award Type: The Safety and Health Division Design Award: Best Utilization of the Principles of Inherent Safety