Jack Hopper Biography

Dr. Jack Hopper

Jack Hopper PhotoJack Hopper attended Texas A&M University where he earned the B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He earned a Master in Chemical Engineering from University of Delaware and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University.  His research interests are in kinetics, catalysis and reaction engineering, pollution prevention and waste minimization by process modifications, petroleum refining and chemical processes and process simulation with reaction kinetics and reactor design.  Dr. Hopper has received the 2009 LSU Engineering Hall of Distinction award, the ASEE Gulf Southwest Dow Outstanding Young Faculty award (1971), the Texas A&M Chemical Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award (1998), the Outstanding Alumni Award, Lee College (1981), the Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers award in 1985 and the Sabine Chapter of TSPE Engineer of the Year recipient in 2004.

Dr. Hopper joined Lamar University in 1969 as an Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering. In 1972 he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 1974 he became Head of Chemical Engineering.  In 1975 Dr. Hopper was promoted to Professor in Chemical Engineering, and in 1980 he served as the Interim Head of Industrial Engineering.  From 1984 to 1999 Dr. Hopper served in multiple positions including Liaison for the Hazardous Waste Alternatives Center Committee, Director of Engineering Graduate Studies, and Associate Director of the Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center, of which he eventually became Director.  He presently serves as the Director of the Texas Hazardous Waste Research Center and the Director of the Texas Center for Technology Incubation. In 1999 he became the Dean of the College of Engineering and also serves as the Executive Assistant to the President for Economic Development & Industrial Relations and Interim Associate Provost for the Sponsored Programs Administration.

Dr. Hopper serves as a member of Texas A&M’s Chemical Engineering Advisory Council and the LSU Chemical Engineering Advisory Council.  He is a member of the Spindletop Rotary Club and the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Advancing New Technologies at Lamar University (ANT @ LU) board member. He is a member and Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, a registered engineer in the State of Texas, a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Omega Chi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi and the American Chemical Society.