纪念Robert.S.Schechter教授：现代旋转滴界面张立力仪的创始人Texas model500界面张力仪的鼻祖。Robert.S.Schechter教授于2014年10月8日在德克萨斯州立大学奥斯汀校区逝世，享年85岁。作为界面化学领域的大师，Robert.S.Schechter教授和Bill Wade博士开发出了让我们到现在为止均受益非浅的旋转滴法界面张力仪，即众所周知的界面张力仪Texas500型。该仪器由于其结构设计的合理性以及使用的方面性，得到了广大用户的一致好评。中国的界面化学领域的研究人员也受益于Robert.S.Schechter教授的辉煌成果。如果你还在使用着老款Texas500型界面张力仪，那么，让我们一起纪念Robert.S.Schechter教授，愿其在天堂安息。一代大师的技术基础正激励着我们，继承其技术理念，进一步提升旋转滴法界面张力仪的技术水平。美国科诺最新研制的超高温、高压旋转滴法界面张力仪，正是对大师的最好致敬！
Professor Emeritus Robert S. Schechter passed away October 8, 2014 in Austin, Texas at the age of 85.
“Bob had a tremendous impact on the field of applied thermodynamics, our university, and the many students he reached during his 41 years of teaching chemical and petroleum engineering at UT Austin,” said Tom Truskett, department chair of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering.
Raised in Rosenberg, Texas, Schechter was inspired by his high school chemistry teacher, Mr. Althouse, to become a chemical engineer. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1950 with a B.S.Ch.E. and shortly after began a doctoral program at the University of Minnesota. With the onset of the Korean War, Schechter was called into the U.S. Army’s Chemical Corps. While stationed in Alabama, he met and married Mary Ethel Schechter. Upon his discharge as First Lieutenant, they returned to Minnesota, where he completed his Ph.D.
Schechter joined the UT Austin faculty in 1956, where he taught for his entire academic career. He was initially hired to teach chemical engineering, but midway through his tenure he joined the Department of Petroleum Engineering. Schechter chaired both departments, chemical engineering from 1970-73 and petroleum engineering from 1975-78.
First and foremost, Schechter was a teacher. He loved his students and the profession of teaching. He taught more than a hundred graduate and undergraduate classes, and guided 50 students to M.S. degrees and 40 to Ph.D. degrees. His skill and ability earned him many awards for teaching excellence, including the General Dynamics Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Engineering in 1987 and the AIME Mineral Industry Education Award in 1998.
He was a prolific scholar, focused broadly on the area of applied thermodynamics. Schechter, his colleagues and students have contributed to the understanding of microemulsion stability, geochemical modeling, and surfactant/mineral interactions, all with application to improve oil production methods. He published 202 refereed articles, 27 book chapters and five books, while editing two others. He and his long-time friend, Dr. Bill Wade, developed the spinning drop tensiometer, a device for measuring ultra-low interfacial tensions between fluid phases.
Schechter freely shared his research and ideas with colleagues and continued to assist them in developing proposals for research and grants until shortly before his death. His creativity and scientific contributions earned him election into the National Academy of Engineering, the Chevalier of the Order of the Palmes Academiques from the Prime Minister of France, the first Billy and Claude R. Hocott Distinguished Engineering Research Award (1984), the Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award (1991), the John Franklin Carll Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (1994), and designation as one of the Journal of Petroleum Technology’s Legends of Production and Operation (2009).
To honor his significant contributions to the department, Schechter is a 2014 UT PGE Distinguished Alumni receipient. He did not graduate from the department, but his vision for the petroleum engineering discipline helped define the UT PGE standard of excellence for the past four decades. Schechter's family will accept his award at the Distinguished Alumni Reception and Dinner
on November 7, 2014.