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Dr. David T. Allen Named Director of Center for Energy and Environmental Resources and Program Head of the Environmental Solutions Program

     Dr. David T. Allen, chemical engineering professor in the College of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, has taken over as director of UT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Resources and as program head of the Environmental Solutions Program.

     Allen has assumed administrative responsibility for 120 researchers, staff and students at the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, formerly the Center for Energy Studies, located at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in north Austin. The center co-administers, along with the Center for Research in Water Resources, the Environmental Solutions Program, an interdisciplinary research program supported by private industry. Through the program, more than two dozen UT researchers tackle environmental problems ranging from air quality and wastewater treatment to risk assessment and site remediation.

     Allen, the Henry Beckman Professor in chemical engineering, has been at UT since 1995 and helped establish the Air Resources Engineering Program. He was formerly at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he developed an international reputation for research in the chemistry of air pollution. Researchers working with Allen have explored ozone transport, particulate formation, and the interplay between biogenic and anthropogenic emissions in urban airsheds. Allen’s other research interests include process chemistry and industrial ecology.