The Weber Lecturer this year was David T. Allen, the Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering, and the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of seven books and over 200 papers in areas ranging from coal liquefaction and heavy oil chemistry to the chemistry of urban atmospheres. His recent work has focused primarily on urban air quality, the engineering of sustainable systems, and the development of materials for environmental and engineering education.
The lecture was held in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library on March 21. Dr. Allen’s delivered a lecture about the environmental impacts of fracking for shale gas titled “Atmospheric Impacts of Expanded Natural Gas Use. A graduate student poster session followed the lecture. The Walter J. Weber Jr. Award is given each year to recognize a graduate student for outstanding research in sustainability. This year’s first place awardee was Peter Valdez (Savage group), second place went to Kevin Dahlberg (Schwank group), and third place to Kyle Anderson (SangHyun Lee group in Civil and Environmental Engineering).