A University of Utah researcher has been selected to receive the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' 1988 Computing in Chemical Engineering Award, school officials said.

J.D. Seader, university professor of chemical engineering, was honored during the organization's annual six-day meeting in Washington, D.C.

A Utah faculty member since 1966, Seader formerly served as chairman of the school's Chemical Engineering Department.

He is a recognized authority on computer-aided process design, mathematical modeling, alternative fuels and rocket engine thermal protection. Seader has published more than 80 scientific articles, helped write nine books, and has lectured in 10 countries.

His scientific achievements include development of a thermal heat-pipe process for recovering bitumen from tar sands and creation of computer programs for designing separation systems.

Seader's experience in the private sector includes working as a supervisor for Chevron Research Corp., and as a principal scientist in heat transfer and fluid dynamics research in the space industry.