LSU Vice President of Research & Economic Development to Serve on National Academy of Inventors Board of Directors

Kalliat T. ValsarajBATON ROUGE – LSU Vice President for Research & Economic Development Kalliat T. Valsaraj has been invited to serve on the 2018-2019 Board of Directors of the National Academy of Inventors, or NAI. Valsaraj is one of four NAI Fellows at LSU, and LSU is a sustaining member institution of NAI.

Valsaraj will attend the first board meeting of the 2018-2019 term on July 19-20. The meeting will coincide with the annual board retreat at the Sheraton Sand Key in Clearwater, Fla.

Valsaraj is also the Charles and Hilda Roddey Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering and Ike East Professor in Chemical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2011, he was awarded the LSU Distinguished Research Master award. The professional societies of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Chemical Society awarded him the Charles E. Coates award in 2012.

He received a M.Sc. in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1980 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 1983. After a brief stint at the Arkansas Engineering Experiment Station of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, he joined LSU in 1986 as a research associate. He later became a regular faculty in the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering and progressed through the ranks to a tenured full professor. He served as the chemical engineering department chair from 2005 to 2011. He has also provided service as a member of the Faculty Senate, chair of the College of Engineering Policy Committee and several other committees during his 32 years of service to LSU.

His research area is in environmental chemical engineering. He has published more than 200 referred papers, several books, holds two patents and has made over 300 research presentations worldwide.





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