Don Paul Named Fellow of the North American Membrane Society

Don Paul Receives North American Membrane Society FellowProfessor Donald R. Paul, the Ernest Cockrell Sr. Chair in Engineering, has been named one of the first Fellows of the North American Membrane Society (NAMS).

NAMS is the only professional society in North America that promotes all aspects of membrane science and technology. The organization inducted its inaugural class of Fellows at the recent 2016 NAMS Annual Meeting in Bellevue, Washington.

Paul was recognized for his contributions to wet spinning and transport mechanisms which prompted the development of hollow fiber asymmetric membranes for reverse osmosis, pervaporation, and gas separations. He is also responsible for discoveries leading to the Prism® concept, which led to the first commercial gas separation membranes.

Throughout his career, Paul’s continued collaboration with industry has helped translate discoveries made in his lab into commercial products for liquid and gas separations. He has published more than 700 papers and supervised XX Ph.D. candidates. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering at North Carolina State College in 1961 followed by his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from The University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1965.

Former Texas ChE Professor and alumnus Bill Koros, now a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was also inducted as one of the five inaugural NAMS Fellows. Koros received his B.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and was supervised by Paul.

Texas ChE students also received accolades at the meeting, including Jovan Kamcev who received a NAMS Student Fellowship Award. Three students from the Freeman Group placed in their respective poster competition categories: Jovan Kamcev placed first in Energy and Environment, while Michelle Dose won second and Josh Moon third in Gas and Molecular Separations. All of the mentioned students are co-supervised by professors Don Paul and Benny Freeman.


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