Donald Paul

Donald R. Paul, PhD

Director (Retired), Professor; Endowed Chair

Dr. Donald Paul has stood out in his field for many reasons, such as his work with developing polymer blends and having numerous graduate students complete their dissertations and thesis projects to go into teaching or work within the field. His most recent positions have been serving as the Ernest Cockrell Senior Chair of Engineering and Director of the Center for Polymer Research at the University of Texas in Austin. Having grown up the child of sharecroppers, Dr. Paul knew how important a good education was to his success. He earned a Master of Science and PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1963 and 1965, respectively and a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State College in 1961. In recognition of his lifelong work and passion for science and engineering, Dr. Paul has received numerous accolades such as the Founders Award and the Alan S. Michaels Award from the North America Membrane Society, the Alan S. Michaels Award, North America Membrane Society and a Distinguished Service Citation from the University of Wisconsin. Looking toward the future, he hopes to continue educating and researching.

Industry Leaders

Dr. Paul’s accomplishments are listed as part of his Industry Leaders feature.

Insight Magazine

Dr. Paul was interviewed as part of Marquis Who’s Who Insight Magazine series.

Best Of

As a leading engineering professor, Dr. Paul has received accolades that consider him among the best within his field.

Hemispheres Magazine

On page 95 of United Airlines Hemispheres Magazine, Dr. Paul is recognized as a Distinguished Leader.

Worldwide Humanitarian

Outside of his academic and engineering contributions, Dr. Paul has been recognized for his philanthropic work.


In the Fall 2020 Newsletter, Dr. Paul’s audience was informed of his career beginning, highlights and contributions. 

Personal Website

Dr. Paul’s website provides an in-depth look into his work as an engineer and academic.

Top Professional Engineers

Dr. Paul has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering and higher education.

American Way Magazine

Dr. Paul was highlighted on page 74 as a Distinguished Leader in American Way Magazine. 

Wall Street Journal

Among his many achievements, Dr. Paul’s Lifetime Achievement Award was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal.



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