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Alvin O. Converse

Alvin O. Converse

Professor of Engineering, Emeritus



Al Converse served on Thayer School's regular faculty from 1963 to 2000. Before that he taught chemical engineering at Carnegie Institute of Technology and the Queensland University, Brisbane, Australia. Then Converse found himself attracted to the broad nature of Thayer's engineering sciences program: "I liked Thayer School's engineering sciences approach and its stress on creative engineering design."

In addition to spearheading Thayer School's research program in the use of enzymes to convert biomass to ethanol, Converse was instrumental in shaping the School's curriculum during the 1960s. He has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level in transport phenomena, chemical reactor design, and energy conversion. "There is a great deal of overlap between the various fields of engineering," said Converse. "At Thayer School we've had a unique opportunity to develop courses that are important to many different fields."


Chemical engineering; reactor design; enzyme and chemical kinetics; cellulose hydrolysis; energy technology.





A.O. Converse

Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., 1970

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In Dartmouth Engineer Magazine