Chemistry Distinguished Alumnus Award

January 9, 2003 — The Department of Chemistry has named Dr. Walter J. Stevens as the biennial Chemistry Distinguished Alumnus for 2002-2003. Dr. Stevens is currently the Director of the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division of the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC. He graduated from Drexel with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1967, and went on to do his doctoral and postdoctoral work at Indiana University and Argonne National Laboratory, respectively. He has published over 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Stevens will be visiting Drexel in the spring to present a seminar on the science supported by his Division at DOE and to receive his Distinguished Alumnus award.

Formerly at the National Institute for Standards & Technology, Dr. Stevens joined the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences in October 2000. Since that time, he has had responsibility for the biophysics and biochemistry aspects of research included in many of the programs of the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division. He has also been responsible for advanced scientific computing throughout the Division, and he concurrently serves as the principal point of contact for the Office of Science for homeland defense and counter-terrorism.