Robert C. Armstrong

Director, MIT Energy Initiative
Chemical Engineering

Robert C. Armstrong


Robert C. Armstrong, Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1973 and served as head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from1996 to 2007. His research interests include polymer fluid mechanics, rheology of complex materials and energy.

In 2008, Armstrong was elected into the National Academy of Engineering for conducting outstanding research on non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, co-authoring landmark textbooks, and providing leadership in chemical engineering education. Armstrong has received the Warren K. Lewis Award and the Professional Progress Award in 1992, both from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the 2006 Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology, which is devoted to the study of the science of deformation and flow of matter.


  • Polymer Molecular Theory
  • Polymer Fluid Mechanics
  • Rheology
  • Multiscale Process Modeling
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Applied Mathematics

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February 10, 2014
10 Big Changes In Energy Since The 2013 MIT Energy Conference
Around MIT, we’re used to “drinking from a fire hose,” but the pace of change can still be dizzying—particularly for those of us involved in energy. Less than 12 months ago, the MIT Energy Club hosted its premier event, the MIT Energy Conference, and in that time, a great deal has changed.

December 16, 2013
A letter from the director
An update on activities of MIT Energy Initiative. MITEI’s research, education, campus energy, and outreach programs are spearheaded by Professor Robert C. Armstrong, director.

June 20, 2013
A letter from the director
An update on activities of MIT Energy Initiative from Director Robert C. Armstrong.

May 16, 2013
Robert C. Armstrong named director of MIT Energy Initiative
Outgoing director Ernest Moniz confirmed U.S. Secretary of Energy.

March 18, 2013
Energy Technologies to Keep an Eye on (video)
"Game changer" is a term we hear often in discussions about energy. Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have shaken things up lately, triggering a resurgence in oil and natural gas production in the U.S. And researchers across the nation are looking for more breakthroughs that could disrupt conventional ways of supplying and using energy. Robert Armstrong, the deputy director of the MIT Energy Initiative, discusses some technologies to watch with Chris Newkumet.