Biography: Alice P. Gast

President, Lehigh University

Dr. Gast is the 13th president of Lehigh University. She came to Lehigh from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was Associate Provost and Vice President for Research. Prior to that, she was a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford University for 16 years.

Dr. Gast has served on numerous advisory committees, including the National Research Council Board on Chemical Science and Technology and the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee. She is a world-renowned scholar, researcher, and academic leader. She has been honored with numerous awards, including:

  • National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiative in Research
  • Colburn Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award
  • Guggenheim and Alexander von Humboldt Fellowships

Dr. Gast received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2001 and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2002.