Title: Director, Professor of Engineering
Company: University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, Texas, United States
Donald Ross Paul, Ph.D., Director and Professor of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering and higher education.
Interested in the field of chemical engineering since high school, Dr. Paul pursued formal education at North Carolina State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1961. Relocating to the University of Wisconsin, he received a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in 1963 and 1965, respectively. Prior to obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he served as a chemical engineering researcher with E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company from 1960 to 1961, having subsequently served the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an instructor in the chemical engineering department from 1963 to 1965. Subsequent to receiving his doctoral degree, he was a chemical engineering researcher with the Chemstrand Research Center from 1965 to 1967. Dr. Paul then accepted an appointment at the University of Texas at Austin in 1967, where he served as an assistant professor for three years. Advancing through the ranks, he served as an associate professor for three years and has been serving as a full professor since 1973. During his tenure, he has been chair of the chemical engineering department from 1977 to 1985, Regents chair of chemical engineering since 1985, director of the Center for Polymer Research since 1981 and director of the Texas Materials Institute since 1998.
Since 2001, Dr. Paul has also been senior chair of engineering at Ernest Cockrell. A former visiting professor at the Michigan Molecular Institute from 1990 to 1991, he is also a frequent consultant in the field. He has co-authored four textbooks, including “Polymer Blends: Formulation and Performance” in 2000, “Polymeric Gas Separation Membranes” in 1994, “Polymer Blends” in 1978, and “Controlled Release Polymeric Formulations” in 1976. Likewise, he has maintained affiliation with the Society of Plastics Engineers, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Chemical Society, the Fiber Society and Sigma Xi, among other prominent organizations.
Dr. Paul is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the North American Membrane Society. As a testament to his success, he has accrued numerous accolades and honors throughout his tenure. The recipient of the Founders Award from the North America Membrane Society in 2005, he also received the Alan S. Michaels Award, a Distinguished Service Citation from the University of Wisconsin, and a Donald L. Katz Lecturer Nomination from the University of Michigan. Likewise, he was presented with the E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry from the American Chemical Society in 1999, the William H. Walker Award from the South Texas Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 1998, the Malcolm E. Pruitt Award from the Council for Chemical Research in 1998, and the Hocott Engineering Research Award in 1994.
In addition to these awards, Dr. Paul was honored with the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from North Carolina State University, the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Texas, the International Education Award, the Materials Engineering and Sciences Division Award from the South Texas Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Best Fundamental Paper Award from the South Texas Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Earlier in his career, he received the Phillips Award in Applied Polymer Science from the American Chemical Society in 1984, the Outstanding Achievement in Research Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers in 1982, the Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award in 1981, and the Engineering Award from the Teaching General Dynamics Corporation in 1977. Furthermore, he was awarded the University Texas Student Engineering Council Award, the Engineering News Record Award, the Educational Service Award from the Plastics Institute of America, and the University Texas Student Engineering Council Award. At the inception of his career, he was the recipient of the Doolittle Award from the American Chemical Society and the University Texas Student Engineering Council Award.
Married with two children, Dr. Paul enjoys bird watching and photography in his spare time. He has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.
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