Professor and Chairman, Chemical Engineering
Dr. Price joined the University of Tulsa faculty as Professor and Chairman in Chemical Engineering in 2000. He came to TU after a successful career at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Price is celebrating 30 years in academics in 2009.
Dr. Price grew up in a small town, Texas City, Texas where his father was a respected chemical engineer for Monsanto Company. He decided to follow in his father's footsteps and went to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas to pursue a chemical engineering degree. Upon completion of his BS in Chemical Engineering in 1975, Dr. Price decided to enroll at Rice University in Houston, Texas to pursue a PhD in Chemical Engineering, while planning to take an academic teaching path for his career.
At Rice University, Dr. Price settled into research work in the catalysis labs of Professor Joe W. Hightower. He quickly developed a reputation as a skilled experimentalist. His dissertation title was "The Active Nature of Tellurium Loaded Zeolite Dehydrocyclization Catalysts" under the direction of Professor Hightower. Dr. Price completed his PhD at Rice University in 1979.
Dr. Price was subsequently appointed Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at LSU in 1979. During his tenure at LSU, he became well known in zeolites and zeolite catalysis. At LSU, he collaborated with Professor Kerry Dooley and Visiting Professor Vladislav Kanazirev and they became internationally recognized for their work in Gallium Loaded Zeolites.
Dr. Price advanced through the professorial ranks at LSU, and retired as Robert Hughes Harvey Endowed Professor in 2000. Upon his retirement, he was appointed Emeritus Professor at LSU shortly after he accepted the appointment at University of Tulsa as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering.
While at TU, some of Dr. Price's successes include remodeling of the undergraduate laboratory, incorporating a state-of-the-art process control computer, election as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, development of a biofuels catalysis program, author of numerous papers and publications, and many successful fundraising endeavors.
Dr. Price is married to Judy Chan Price, and they have three children, all sons. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and woodworking in his spare time.