Industrial Electrochemistry & Electrochemical Engineering Division Ralph E. White Outstanding Student Award

Ralph E. White

Ralph E. White

The Ralph E. White Outstanding Student Award was established by the ECS Industrial Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering Division to recognize promising young engineers and scientists in the field of modeling and simulation of electrochemical systems. In particular, students who have contributed to model development, algorithm development, efficient numerical simulation of electrochemical systems in different length and timescales for industrial applications, or fundamental mechanisms in electrochemical systems, are encouraged to apply for this award. This award is intended to encourage recipients to continue careers in electrochemical engineering or applied electrochemistry. The award honors Dr. Ralph E. White’s contribution to the field of mathematical modeling and numerical simulation of electrochemical systems and training of graduate students in the field.

Nomination Deadline: March 15 – June 15, annually
Award winner notification: By November 1, annually
Award presented: Spring ECS meeting, annually

Recipient qualifications

To be eligible, recipients must be:

  • Enrolled in a college or university as a graduate student or have been accepted for enrollment;
  • Current members of ECS.
Nomination process

A complete nomination package includes:

  • Completed Electronic Nomination Form;
  • Transcripts of all post-secondary school academic work;
  • A description of the research project to be engaged in during the next year;*
  • A statement which describes the relationship of the project to the field of electrochemical engineering or applied electrochemistry;*
  • A biography, resume or curriculum vitae;
  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s research supervisor.

Unsuccessful nominations will be considered for one additional award cycle if the nominee continues to meet the required qualifications.

*Each description and statement should be no longer than two double-spaced typewritten pages.


The award consists of:

  • An appropriately worded certificate;
  • USD $1,000.

Up to two recipients may be selected each year. If two recipients are selected, both receive certificates and the full prize amount.

Award Funding

The award is funded through generous donations by Dr. White’s students, former students, and colleagues. Contributions are welcome and can be made through the Online Store on the ECS website.

About Ralph E. White

Ralph E. White is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Distinguished Scientist at the University of South Carolina (USC). After completing a BS in Chemical Engineering at USC in 1971, he received a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977 under the direction of John Newman. His teaching career began at Texas A&M University in 1977. In 1993, he moved to the University of South Carolina, where he served as Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering for seven years and Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing for five years. In 1995, he founded the Center for Electrochemical Engineering.