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On Thursday, February 21, the EMS Energy Institute hosted Michael T. Klein for the 2013 Peter H. Given Lectureship in Coal Science. Klein is currently the Director of the University of Delaware Energy Institute and the Dan Rich Chair of Energy. Previously, he was the dean of engineering and the Board of Governors Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rutgers.
Klein delivered two lectures sponsored by the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. His lecture “Chemical Modeling of Direct Coal Liquefaction” was held at the Institute.
Klein received a BChE from the University of Delaware in 1977 and a Sc. D. from MIT in 1981, both in Chemical Engineering. He is active in research in the area of chemical reaction engineering, with a special emphasis on the kinetics of complex systems. Klein is the author of over 200 technical papers and the lead author of the text Molecular Modeling in Heavy Hydrocarbon Conversions. He is the editor-in-chief of the ACS journal Energy and Fuels and has received the R. H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering from the AIChE, the NSF PYI Award and the ACS Delaware Valley Section Award. In 2011 Professor Klein was elevated to the level of Fellow of the ACS.
The Given Lectureship brings a nationally or internationally known researcher in coal science to Penn State to give a short series of open lectures on current research issues in the area of coal science. The lectureship was established in 1989 by faculty of Penn State’s former fuel science program in memory of Dr. Peter H. Given, professor emeritus and first program chair of fuel science.