Texas A&M names new Vice President for Research

Mark Barteau

Sent on behalf of Michael K. Young, president and Dr. Carol Fierke, provost & executive vice president

We are pleased to announce, on the recommendation of the search advisory committee, with the concurrence of Chancellor John Sharp, we have appointed Dr. Mark Barteau as professor and vice president for research, effective February 15, 2018.

Dr. Barteau, a highly regarded scientist, researcher, inventor and academic leader, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.   His research focuses on chemical reactions at solid surfaces and their applications in heterogeneous catalysis and energy processes. He has successfully competed for research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Department of Energy, the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research and NASA. Dr. Barteau has consulted for numerous industrial organizations including Ford, DuPont, Dow, BASF, Hercules, Atofina, Union Camp, W. L. Gore, and Sasol.

He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and his master’s and doctorate from Stanford University. He was an NSF Post-doctoral Fellow in physics at the Technische Universität München and has held visiting appointments at the University of Pennsylvania (chemical engineering) and the University of Auckland, New Zealand (chemistry).

Dr. Barteau currently serves as the director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute and is the inaugural DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research. He will hold academic appointments at Texas A&M University in the Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and the Department of Chemistry, College of Science.

Dr. Barteau launched a number of initiatives at the University of Michigan that have attracted national attention, including creation of a comprehensive Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility, the University of Michigan Energy Survey, and Beyond Carbon Neutral – a university-wide initiative integrating technological, biological and policy solutions to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations. He is a frequent contributor on energy and environmental perspectives to The Conversation, Fortune, and National Public Radio.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan in 2012, he served as the senior vice provost for research and strategic initiatives at the University of Delaware, where he held the Robert L. Pigford Endowed Chair of Chemical Engineering and was a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. In his leadership role, he was actively engaged in the development of funding and new facilities for several university-wide institutes, including biotechnology, rehabilitation and environmental institutes, and served as founding director of the University of Delaware Energy Institute. He chaired the Governor’s Energy Advisory Council’s Environmental Footprint Task Force, which prepared a five-year energy plan for the state of Delaware in 2009.

Dr. Barteau continues to provide leadership on both national and international levels. He was one of seventeen members of the National Research Council’s committee that authored the report “Beyond the Molecular Frontier: Challenges for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.” He chaired the NRC committee that produced the 2013 report “Effects of Diluted Bitumen on Crude Oil Transmission Pipelines.” He currently serves on two National Academies’ studies developing research agendas for carbon dioxide removal and the utilization of carbon waste streams. He was co-chair of the Chemical Sciences Roundtable and chair of the Council of Chemical Sciences for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. He is currently on the National Academy of Sciences’ board on Chemical Sciences and Technology and on the science advisory board for the National Institute of Clean and Low-Carbon Energy (NICE) in China. He is a member of the Board of Directors of NextEnergy in Detroit.

We are pleased that Dr. Barteau will bring his vast experience in collaborative leadership and consensus-building to Texas A&M University’s research enterprise. As vice president for research, he will report to the provost and executive vice president, and will work collaboratively with faculty from across our sixteen colleges and schools, branch campuses, health science center and University Libraries.  We would like to thank the members of the search advisory committee, co-chaired by Dr. John Gladysz and Dr. Patrick Louchouarn; the faculty, staff and students who participated in the search process; and the outstanding candidates we were able to attract. We also want to recognize Dr. Karen Butler-Purry for her service as interim vice president over the past eight months.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Barteau to Texas A&M University.