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Dean's Seminar Series Welcomes David T. Allen

The McCormick Dean’s Seminar Series welcomes David T. Allen, Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering and the director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources at the University of Texas at Austin, who will speak on Thursday, March 10 at 4 p.m. in Lecture Room 5 in the Technological Institute.

In his lecture titled, “Incorporation sustainability into engineering research and teaching,” Allen will discuss engineering courses that teach sustainability, engineering research related to sustainability, and a case study of the development of green electrical grids at the University of Texas.

Allen is the author of six books and more than 190 papers in areas ranging from coal liquefaction and heavy oil chemistry to the chemistry of urban atmospheres. For the past decade, his work has focused primarily on urban air quality and the development of materials for environmental and engineering education.

Allen was a lead investigator for the first and second Texas Air Quality Studies, which involved hundreds of researchers drawn from around the world, and which have had a substantial impact on the direction of air quality policies in Texas. He has developed environmental educational materials for engineering curricula and for the University’s core curriculum, as well as engineering education materials for high school students. The quality of his work has been recognized by the National Science Foundation (through the Presidential Young Investigator Award), the AT&T Foundation (through an Industrial Ecology Fellowship), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (through the Cecil Award for contributions to environmental engineering and through the Research Excellence Award of the Sustainable Engineering Forum), the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (through their Distinguished Lecturer Award), and the State of Texas (through the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award). He has won teaching awards at the University of Texas and UCLA.

Allen received his BS degree in chemical engineering, with distinction, from Cornell University in 1979. His MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering were awarded by the California Institute of Technology in 1981 and 1983. He has held visiting faculty appointments at the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Department of Energy.