William J. Koros

William Koros

B.S. Ch.E., 1969, M.S. Ch.E., 1975, Ph.D., 1977
B.F. Goodrich Professor in Materials Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

While he began his career as a chemical engineer for the DuPont Company, Dr. William J. Koros has spent the major portion of his professional life in higher education.

After a few years in industry, Dr. Koros returned to UT Austin to complete his Ph.D., then taught at North Carolina State University from 1977 to 1984. He returned to The University in 1984 as a professor, and became recognized throughout his career for both his teaching and research. In 1990 he received the College of Engineering’s highest teaching award, and his research in membranes was recognized first by the National Science Foundation through a Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1984 and this year through his election to membership in the National Academy of Engineering. His innovations in new materials and membrane structures for the separation of mixed gases include the separation of nitrogen from air. This process is being used to reduce the need for refrigeration for the storage of fruits and vegetables, which last longer at higher temperatures and ripen more slowly in a nitrogen-rich environment.

From 1991 to 1993, Dr. Koros served as associate chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering, then chairman from 1993 to 1997. As chairman, Dr. Koros guided the department as it enlisted alumni and industry to honor emeritus faculty member John McKetta. The McKetta Challenge raised $2.5 million to endow initiatives in chemical engineering teaching and research.

Dr. Koros is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Membrane Science, a 4,000-page, international journal. He’s held leadership roles in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the North American Membrane Society. He has over 200 published and refereed articles and five patents.

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