Ekerdt Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Headshot of Professor John EkerdtJohn Ekerdt, associate dean for research in the Cockrell School of Engineering and professor of chemical engineering, has been elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Fellows are chosen annually by their peers to recognize their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Ekerdt was recognized for contributions to kinetics and reaction engineering and for pioneering and ground-breaking contributions to the reaction chemistry of electronic materials and ways to apply the reaction kinetics in the production of electronic materials. Ekerdt and collaborators are exploring monolithic integration of oxides with silicon to enable faster computers that use less power.

“John has a stellar record as a researcher, administrator, and in serving the profession through professional societies and through leadership positions at his university and through research,” said Nancy B. Jackson, immediate Past-President of the American Chemical Society. “His ability to do outstanding research combined with his strength as a leader and administrator is what makes him an exceptional contributor to the research enterprise.”

Ekerdt also researches advanced materials, polymers and nanotechnology, and energy. He is currently a director of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers and has held several administrative posts within and outside the university.

He joined the UT Austin faculty in 1979 after earning a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has authored more than 260 publications, three books, three book chapters, and five U.S. patents.

Ekerdt joins seven UT Austin faculty members being elected AAAS Fellows this year. The new fellows will be honored during the AAAS Fellows Forum at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston Feb. 16.

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