April 5, 2012

LSU will name Suzanne L. Marchand and Kalliat T. Valsaraj Distinguished Research Masters on Thursday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at the LSU Faculty Club. The event is sponsored by LSU’s Office of Research & Economic Development, or ORED.

Valsaraj currently holds several honorific titles, including the Ike East Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Charles and Hilda Roddey Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering, both within LSU’s College of Engineering. He also currently serves as associate vice chancellor of ORED. Valsaraj received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Calicut in India. He went on to receive a master’s degree in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, then completed his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University. Prior to his administrative role at ORED, Valsaraj served as chair in the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering at LSU.

Valsaraj has published more than 180 peer-reviewed journal articles, more than 25 book chapters and has presented his research at numerous conferences and invited presentations across the globe. He has published three solutions manuals and five books, including three editions of Elements of Environmental Engineering: Thermodynamics and Kinetics, along with Atmospheric Aerosols: Characterization, Chemistry and Modeling, and Photocatalytic Reaction with Inverse Opal Catalyst: A Method to Solve Air Pollution via Photocatalysis. He is responsible for a number of high-profile research grants, and counts among his honors being named a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, among others.

The LSU Council on Research has proudly presented the Distinguished Research Master awards since 1972 in recognition of outstanding faculty accomplishments in research and scholarship. The council chooses recipients from a list of worthy nominees proposed each December by the university community. Nominations are made in the categories of engineering, science and technology; and the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The Distinguished Research Master Award provides winners a salary stipend and the University Medal – the symbol of exceptional academic accomplishment at LSU.

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Article by Ashley Berthelot, LSU Media Relations, aberth4@lsu.edu, 225-578-3870



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