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Brigham Young University Academic Vice President John S. Tanner announced that Randy S. Lewis will be the new chair of the Chemical Engineering Department. His assignment will begin in July.

Lewis teaches upper-division classes including biochemical engineering, chemical reaction engineering and unit operations. Lewis has been acting as chair of the undergraduate committee for the department and as the co-advisor for Engineers Without Borders. He conducts research in biomaterials, sustainable energy and analysis of nitric oxide’s effects on biological systems.

He has been a professor BYU since August 2005. Before joining the BYU faculty, he taught at Oklahoma State University as the R.N. Maddox Professor in its School of Chemical Engineering. While at OSU, he was named Teacher of the Year in 1998. That same year, he was recognized with a fellowship from the Engineering Foundation in New York.

Lewis received his undergraduate education from BYU, graduating in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a doctorate in chemical engineering in 1995.

He has been invited to present his research and studies at many universities and organizations including John Hopkins University, MIT, the University of Arizona, Harvard Medical School, the National Cancer Institute and the Student’s Chemical Engineering Congress in Monterrey, Mexico.

For more information, contact Randy Lewis at (801) 422-7863.

Writer: Brandon Garrett