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Monday 25 September 2023,
Lenore Dai

Welcome Lenore Dai, right, as the director for the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy. She has been the program chair of Chemical Engineering since 2009 and interim school director for the past six months.

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce Lenore Dai as the next director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy.

As the program chair of Chemical Engineering since SEMTE’s inception in 2009 and through her role as interim school director over the past six months, Lenore has acquired a range of important experiences and perspectives that will serve her well as director.  Prior to joining ASU in 2008, she was on the faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University. Previously she was a research chemist/senior research chemist in the Coatings and Resins R&D Center at PPG Industries, Inc. from 1996-2002. 

Lenore’s expertise is in the areas of colloids and interfacial science, polymers, environmentally responsive materials and ionic liquids. Her research programs are experimental in nature with some modeling and simulation (molecular dynamics) components, spanning the self-assembly of microparticles and nanoparticles in solid-stabilized emulsions, dynamics of microparticles at oil-water interfaces, rheology and microrheology, synthesis and applications of environmentally responsive materials and ionic liquid based electrolytes, and soft/hard material integration for novel applications.

Lenore has received various teaching and research recognitions such as the Fulton Exemplar Faculty Award, Fulton Schools of Engineering Top 5% Teacher Award, ASU Parents Association Special Recognition Award, Lockheed Martin Engineering Teaching Award, Whitacre Award for Excellence in Engineering Research, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award, 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, University of Illinois Materials Science and Engineering Young Alumnus Award, and Racheff Award.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from Beijing University of Chemical Technology and a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lenore makes an excellent addition to the leadership of the Fulton Schools of Engineering. Her passion for research and student success have earned her the respect of her colleagues and will be integral to advancement of SEMTE programs, and faculty, staff and student success. I would also like to thank Lenore for serving as interim director of SEMTE for the past six months.

Please join me in welcoming Lenore as the next Director for SEMTE.

— Kyle

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