Dr. Judy Raper, chair of the chemical and biological engineering department at the University of Missouri-Rolla, will spend 2006 on sabbatical with the National Science Foundation. Dr. Douglas Ludlow, who served as the department’s chair from 1997-2003, will become interim chair effective Jan. 2.
Raper joined UMR as chair in December 2003 after serving as dean of engineering at Sydney University in New South Wales, Australia. Prior to her acceptance of the position at Sydney University in 1997, Raper served as professor of chemical engineering, head of the chemical engineering department and acting dean of the faculty of applied science at the University of New South Wales. She also served as lecturer in the chemical engineering department at the University of Newcastle and as a post-doctoral research fellow at Cambridge University in England.
Raper earned a bachelor of engineering degree in chemical engineering in 1976 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1980 from the University of New South Wales. Her research interests include particle technology, droplets, sprays, aerosols, filtration and electrostatic effects.