Dinner with Dr. Mary Rezac, Head & Professor of Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University
Mary E. Rezac is currently the co-Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy and the Tom Barrett Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University. She has more than 20 years of experience in energy and related applications, including renewable energy, process system efficiency, bioenergy, and petrochemical refining and processing. As Head of the Chemical Engineering department, Dr. Rezac leads a strategic vision for the department, and recruiting new faculty to augment the strengths of the program around strategic thrusts. Since taking the post in 2004, she has increased the number of departmental faculty by 30%, seen an increase in research expenditures by similar values, and seen the undergraduate student population increase by over 70%. As a faculty member, Dr. Rezac has focused her researched on improved separation systems and their incorporation with reactors. Applications have included energy, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Rezac has been recognized as a national leader of technical research and education. While at Georgia Tech, she was recognized as Teacher of the Year and was the recipient of the inaugural Cutting-Edge Research Award. Dr. Rezac received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University and her Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Texas at Austin.