Laird named Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar

Dr. Carl LairdDr. Carl Laird, assistant professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been selected as a 2010-2011 Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar.Laird earned his doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 and joined Texas A&M in 2007.In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Laird conducts research that focuses on large-scale nonlinear optimization, parameter estimation and parallel computing. He continues to work on development of early warning contaminant detection systems for municipal drinking water networks, modeling of LNG dispersion, and parameter estimation for dynamic systems. He also is involved in the modeling of infectious diseases, working to determine the fundamental driving forces affecting the spread of infectious disease.The Montague Center scholar program, named for founding donor Kenneth Montague '37, honors early-career excellence in undergraduate teaching at Texas A&M by recognizing one tenure-track assistant professor in each college who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching. The award includes a $6,500 grant to encourage further development of undergraduate teaching excellence.