July 13, 2006

Kalliat T. Valsaraj, Ike East Professor in Chemical Engineering, has been selected to the chairship of the Gordon A. & Mary Cain Department of Chemical Engineering effective August 1, 2006.  He has served as interim chair since January 2005, when he succeeded seven-year chairman F. Carl Knopf.

With over 18 years of service to the University, he has four books, 21 book chapters, two patents, and 125 referred publications to his credit.  He is the recipient of the 1995 and 2000 Dean’s Book Award and the 1997 Cross Holloway Award in Research.  In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and Journal of Air and Waste Management Association.

Valsaraj received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1983.  His areas of specialization include applied surface chemistry, environmental engineering, and mass transfer separation process.

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