Milliron Receives TAMEST’s 2018 O’Donnell Award in Engineering

Dr. Milliron tests a solution in her lab.Delia J. Milliron, Ph.D. is the recipient of the 2018 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Engineering from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST).

Dr. Milliron has developed technology that could revolutionize how windows are used in modern architecture. She has developed a new material that when applied to windows with a thin coating can dynamically control the amount of infrared light (and the heat that comes with it) that passes through. This “smart window” technology allows visual interaction with the outdoors without having too much – or not enough – heat from the sun, which could result in significantly reduced energy consumption.

“Dr. Milliron has a very deep understanding of chemistry and physics,” says Thomas M. Truskett, Ph.D., Department Chair of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. “She knows how to identify the great problems we face and the societal needs that have to be addressed.


Dr. Milliron will receive the award on Jan. 11, at the 2018 O’Donnell Awards dinner and reception. “The TAMEST Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards showcase the best and brightest among Texas researchers,” says TAMEST President Gordon England. “Their work is helping to advance science and open new pathways to discovery. We’re proud to recognize Dr. Delia Milliron for her achievements.”

Over $1 million has been awarded to 50 recipients in the categories of medicine, engineering, science and technology innovation since the inception of the O’Donnell awards in 2006. The awards are named in honor of Edith and Peter O’Donnell, who are among Texas’ staunchest advocates for excellence in scientific advancement and STEM education.

To  learn more about Dr. Milliron’s research, visit her faculty page.


TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) is the state’s premier scientific organization, bringing together Texas’ best and brightest scientists and researchers. TAMEST membership includes all Texas-based members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the state’s Nobel Laureates.

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