Hal Alper Selected as a 2014 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

Headshot of Hal AlperHal Alper, assistant professor and Fellow of Paul D. and Betty Robertson Meek Centennial Assistant Professorship in Chemical Engineering, has been selected as a 2014 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences and provides an unrestricted research award of $75,000.

“The competition for this award is fierce with typically only a few per year going to chemical engineering faculty,” said Tom Truskett, chair of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering. “It’s an outstanding national recognition of Dr. Alper’s dedication to excellence in scholarship and teaching.”

Alper’s research focuses on engineering biology to produce organic molecules such as biofuels, commodity and specialty chemicals and protein pharmaceuticals. This award will support his proposal entitled: “Seamless integration of synthetic pathways to create cellular factories”.

In addition to being a recipient of the UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and the Texas Exes Teaching Award, Alper has also received other honors for research including the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award, the DuPont Young Investigator Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award, and the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Daniel I.C. Wang Award.

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