Dr. David Allen is 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 eight books and over 200 papers. For the past two decades, his work has focused primarily on urban air quality and the development of materials for environmental and engineering education. Dr. Allen was a lead investigator for the first and second Texas Air Quality Studies, which involved hundreds of researchers drawn from around the world, and which have had a substantial impact on the direction of air quality policies in Texas. He has developed environmental educational materials for engineering curricula and for the University’s core curriculum, as well as engineering education materials for high school students. The quality of his work has been recognized by the National Science Foundation (through the Presidential Young Investigator Award), the AT&T Foundation (through an Industrial Ecology Fellowship), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (through the Cecil Award for contributions to environmental engineering and through the Research Excellence Award of the Sustainable Engineering Forum), the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (through their Distinguished Lecturer Award), and the State of Texas (through the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award). He has won teaching awards at the University of Texas and UCLA.
Dr. Allen received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering, with distinction, from Cornell University in 1979. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering were awarded by the California Institute of Technology in 1981 and 1983. He has held tenured faculty appointments at UCLA and the University of Texas and visiting faculty appointments at the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Department of Energy.