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The David M. Mason Lectures in Chemical Engineering are named in honor of the late David M. Mason, who was Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Stanford University.

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The 46th Annual
David M. Mason Lectures in Chemical Engineering
Monday, May 9th, 2022, & Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 

The Speaker 

Dr. Frances H. Arnold

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018
Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry; Director, Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center
California Institute of Technology

B.S., Princeton University, 1979
Ph.D., University of California, 1985
Visiting Associate, Caltech, 1986
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, 1987-92
Associate Professor, 1992-96
Professor, 1996-99
Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, 1999-2000
Linus Pauling Professor, 2000-
Director, Rosen Bioengineering Center, 2013-

Research in the Arnold group focuses on evolutionary protein design methods (1,2) and using the results of laboratory evolution experiments to elucidate principles of biological design. They generate novel and useful enzymes and organisms for applications in medicine, neurobiology, chemical synthesis, and alternative energy. They also construct entire synthetic families of enzymes and other proteins in order to study structure-function relationships free from constraints of natural selection. This research requires contributions from many disciplines, including chemistry, bioengineering, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, chemical engineering, chemistry, and applied physics.