CNM Building Dedication Ceremony Honors UT Past President Larry R. Faulkner

photo by Elisabeth Dillon

On October 27th, 2011 a dedication ceremony was held for the Larry R. Faulkner Nanoscience and Technology (FNT) Building, which was named in Dr. Faulkner’s honor in August 2010. UT-Austin president William Powers, College of Natural Sciences Faculty Interim Dean David Laude, chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa and more than one hundred faculty and guests attended the private ceremony.

Dr. Keith Stevenson, CNM Director and professor of chemistry, opened the program and introduced Dr. Richard M. Crooks, who gave a 40-minute science lecture to the guests. Dean Laude offered greetings and gave a brief synopsis of the CNM’s history and role on campus.  President Powers welcomed the audience and introduced former president Faulkner on behalf of the university.  President Powers stated, “This amazing [FNT] facility shows the power of smallness…It holds enormous potential for science and for humanity as we begin to unlock the secrets of how to manipulate, manufacture and do things in that enormously small state.”

In his address to the audience, Dr. Larry R. Faulkner remembered his friend and former colleague, the late Dr. Paul Barbara, founding director of the CNM. Faulkner was UT-Austin’s president both when the CNM was first established and when the FNT building was erected in 2005. Faulkner, who received his Ph.D. in electrochemistry from UT-Austin in 1969, said, “It is a source of great pride that this facility is so close to my scientific interests.”

Faulkner retired from his most recent position as president of the Houston Endowment in October 2011 and will return to UT-Austin this spring to work in the College of Natural Sciences.