1983-84 › Dan Luss
6th Farfel Recipient
Department of Chemical Engineering
Cullen Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
Cullen College of Engineering
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Dan Luss joined
the University of Houstons chemical engineering department
in 1967. In 1975, he became chair of the department, a post he would
hold for the next 20 years. Several professional awards, as well
as his election to the National Academy of Engineering in 1984,
recognize his research accomplishments. Currently he serves as interim
chair of the department. Thus Professor Lusss service to the
department can be measured not only in courses taught and research
undertaken, but in administrative duties as well.
Chief among these duties was the expansion
of the chemical engineering department, which was still in its infancy
when Professor Luss first arrived at the University of Houston.
As chairman, he set out to recruit strong teachers and researchers,
and under his guidance, the department advanced significantly in
rating, visibility, and prestige. In 1984, the year he won the Farfel
Award, the University of Houstons chemical engineering department
was rated among the highest in the nation.
Receiving the Farfel, explains Professor
Luss, was an important indication of the universitys satisfaction
with his work. According to Professor Luss, the criteria for
the award do not distinguish between teaching, research, or service;
the Farfel Award recognizes a professor for being an educator, a
scholar, and a university citizen. It would be difficult to
overestimate the influence of the Farfel Award on the university
faculty. This type of award, Professor Luss explains, motivates
and promotes excellence among the faculty. It demonstrates that
all their effortstheir hard work, their creativity, and their
serviceare highly valued by the university.