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Engineering Faculty Member Named Moores Professor

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Erin D. McKenzie
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Vincent M. Donnelly, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named a recipient of the John and Rebecca Moores Professorship.

The Moores professorship is a five-year renewable award given to full-time, tenured faculty who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching, service and research.

The award, given to only two people a year at UH, carries with it a $10,000 stipend.

“I was very happy and honored. It’s a very prestigious award,” Donnelly said. “It is also nice to know that I was chosen by my peers. The stipend will also help to fund a graduate student.”

Donnelly plans to use the money to help further his research, which studies the problems associated with the continued miniaturization of microelectronic devices.  More specifically, he studies plasma processing—used to develop integrated circuits in cellular phones, computers, cars and the Internet. His research works to find new ways to better manufacture integrated circuits.

Donnelly received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from LaSalle University and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. During his six years at the university, he has become one of the highest grant-funded researchers in the college. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Cullen College’s Senior Research Award.

His most recent honor adds him to a list of three other colleagues in the college to earn the award. These include Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Thomas T.C. Hsu, Vemuri Balakotaiah, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and Demetre J. Economou, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and associate chair of the department.

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