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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 Houston’s 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 Luss’s 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 Houston’s chemical engineering department was rated among the highest in the nation.

Receiving the Farfel, explains Professor Luss, was an important indication of the university’s 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 efforts—their hard work, their creativity, and their service—are highly valued by the university.”

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