Dr. Levi Thompson

Dr. Levi Thompson


Engineers Honor UM Professor with Gold Award

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) will present Dr. Levi Thompson with the 36th Annual Engineers Week Gold Award during the inter-society banquet on Thursday, February 22, 2007 at the Dearborn Inn Marriott. The Gold Award is the most prestigious honor engineers can bestow on one of their peers and was established to celebrate and award excellence in multidisciplinary technical fields. The ESD Affiliate Council, a group of more than 70 professional associations and societies that unite engineers, scientists, architects and those in technically related fields to conduct activities that fulfill common interests and goals, hosts this event.

Dr. Thompson is the Director of the Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, a program that team the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University to increase the quantity and improve the quality of students earning engineering, science, technology and mathematics degrees from these universities.  Dr. Thompson earned his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware, Masters in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering for the University of Michigan. He worked for KMS Fusion for two years before joining the faculty of the UM Department of Chemical Engineering. From 2001 to 2005 he served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at UM.

He has distinguished himself in research in the areas of nanostructured nitrides and carbides, micro-reactor and fuel cell system and fuel cell processing catalysts. He has authored or coauthored nearly 200 papers and presentations, been awarded 10 patents and was recently appointed director of the Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory to support high risk, multidisciplinary hydrogen production, storage and conversion research at UM.

Dr. Thompson has been honored by the National Science Foundation with its Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award, the Dow Chemical Good Teaching Award, the 2001 UM College of Engineering Service Award and the Harold Johnson Diversity Award. He is a member of the Michigan Catalysis Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (where he edits their journal), the Materials Research Society and the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers.

DAPCEP provides over 5,000 young people educational opportunities and exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Through the work of Jason and his team, DAPCEP is creating the next generation of technical professionals for Metropolitan Detroit, the State of Michigan and the Nation.

Jason’s involvement in the community extends beyond his work at the DAPCEP Executive Director. Through his volunteer work with 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit and New Detroit, he works to open the doors of opportunity for deserving youth.

Family is the top priority in Jason’s life; outside of his work and community responsibilities, he enjoys spending time with his wife Nicole Howard Lee and their two children in and around their Southfield, MI home. A self proclaimed urban outdoorsman, Jason enjoys mountain biking, paint ball and an occasional game of golf or tennis.

Jason Lee is truly one to watch as he continues to work with the youth of Detroit and the community at-large.

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