Eric Grulke, professor of chemical engineering at the University of Kentucky, received a Meritorious Service Award from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on November 6, 2019, as part of the organization's 2019 Leadership and Service Awards. Recipients were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the U.S. voluntary standardization system. Each recipient demonstrated outstanding service in enabling ANSI to attain the objectives for which it was founded. The event was held in conjunction with World Standards Week 2019 in Washington, DC.
Grulke is the former director of UK's Electron Microscope Center. In 2010, he developed the Pamplona Renewable Energy Program, which allows engineering students to spend a month exploring renewable energy sources through an international study experience.
Grulke began teaching at UK in 1993 after spending 15 years teaching chemical engineering and serving in administrative roles at Michigan State University. He served as associate dean of research and graduate studies in the UK College of Engineering from 2003-2015.