Nano Science and Technology Building Named to Honor President Emeritus Larry Faulkner

Aug. 13, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin's nanoscience building has been named the Larry R. Faulkner Nano Science and Technology Building by the UT System Board of Regents in recognition of former President Faulkner's leadership in bringing the university's nanotechnology program to national prominence.

Larry Faulkner
Dr. Larry Faulkner, president emeritus of The University of Texas at Austin.

The 82,463-square-foot Nano Science and Technology Building at 102 East 24th St. behind the new Norman Hackerman Building was completed in 2006.

The state-of-the-art educational and research facility houses programs for the promotion of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Nanoscience is driving fundamental research in many areas of science and engineering, including the development of new solar energy technologies, health diagnostics and treatments, and energy storage devices.

Faulkner was president of The University of Texas at Austin from April 1998 through January 2006. He received his doctor's degree in chemistry from the university in 1969 and worked in the lab of Chemistry Professor Allen Bard.

He was on the chemistry faculties and in leadership positions at Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The University of Texas at Austin. He is the co-author of the prominent text "Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications."

Faulkner has received numerous prestigious awards and honors, including election into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is president of the Houston Endowment, Inc., and is president emeritus of The University of Texas at Austin.

The College of Natural Sciences, which is home to the Center for Nano and Molecular Science and Technology and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is also raising funds to establish the Larry R. Faulkner Departmental Chair for Excellence in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

For more information on nanoscience and nanotechnology research in the College of Natural Sciences and at the university, visit the Center for Nano and Molecular Science and Technology Web site.

For more information, contact: Lee Clippard, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 512-232-0104.

14 Comments to "Nano Science and Technology Building Named to Honor President Emeritus Larry Faulkner"

1.  Michael said on Aug. 13, 2010

Congrats to President Faulkner! As a recent graduate, I was excited to run into him in Houston. President Faulkner also led (leads?) a national advisory panel for the U.S. Department of Education.

2.  Bill said on Aug. 13, 2010

It's a fitting tribute to a fine President of UT. He was very supportive of the Staff while he was President, and helped us create what became the Staff Council (while he was President it was called the University Staff Association).

3.  Tarkan said on Aug. 17, 2010

Nano Science and Technology Building is fully new concept for many people. I definitely Congrats to President Faulkner! He's very modern vision for nano technology

4.  Pete Winstead said on Aug. 19, 2010

A well deserved honor for someone key to the UT position in the world of nanotechnology and who positioned The University in a favorable light with the Central Texas business community. We should all join in supporting the Chair fundraising campaign.

5.  Oscar O. Lopez said on Aug. 19, 2010

Congratulations Dr. Faulkner! It is fitting that a building where such important technology will be studied and developed is to be named after an outstanding gentleman and leader of our great University.

6.  Ed Rush said on Aug. 19, 2010

I can't believe that such a major educational institution would put "Nano Science" in the building name, as if "nano" were a complete word. If I were Dr. Faulkner, I would strive to get this error corrected before it's too late, lest it reflect on himself.

7.  Norcell D Haywood'60 said on Aug. 19, 2010

Congradulations Dr. Faulkner. You took the Universty to its Now Lofty Status. Norcell D Haywood,AIA, Architect ( Life Member President Associates)

8.  Elizabeth Nash said on Aug. 20, 2010

Fantastic!........what a wonderful honor and well deserved tribute ............Congratulations!!

9.  Cynthia said on Aug. 21, 2010

Anyone who has completed chemistry courses at The University of Texas knows first hand the protocol of methodology, scientific integrity, reproducible 'truth', and exalted energy! Being in the lab for experiments and in the library for research during my undergrad years (late 70's/early 80's) is exponentially improved with the advances in technology, appreciation of applications, and awareness in subtle variances now available, viewable, measureable, reproducible and retrievable due to nanoscience. Finally, Texas can walk loudly with a 'little [nano]stick'! Hook'em horns!

10.  C. E. Simmons said on Aug. 22, 2010

Orange rules! The Larry Faulkner Nanoscience and Tech Center ('The Faulkner') is destined to inspire enthuiastic and exponential growth in awesome discoveries and applications! Such exalted trust in thoughtful naming is truly philanthropic. Congratulations Texas. Blessed be America.

11.  C. Simmons said on Aug. 23, 2010


12.  Lori Ray said on Aug. 31, 2010

Congratulations, Dr. Faulkner. We are all proud of you.

13.  Ruth Kohlhaas said on Sept. 5, 2010

Well deserved for such a honorable man. We are proud of you.

14.  Margaret C. Berry said on Sept. 6, 2010

Congratulations! You are definitely the appropriate person for whom the nanotech building should be named. Nanotech is on the cutting edge of knowledge, and you have shown all of us that you, too, stay on that cutting edge. Thank you! May great things happen in the new Larry R. Faulkner Science and Nano Technology Building at The University of Texas at Austin.