David Glasser is a Pofessor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the MaPS (Material and Process Syntheis) Research Unit at the University of South Africa. He was formerly Professor and Director of the Centre of Material and Process Synthesis (COMPS) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained his BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, and his PhD from Imperial College in London.
His research interests revolve around Mathematical Modelling of Processes, Optimisation, Catalysis, Process Synthesis, Biomedical Engineering and Process Intensification. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers and was Editor-in-Chief of the new book Series on Chemical Engineering and Technology, published by Kluwer Academic Publishers of the Netherlands.
Professor Glasser has been awarded an A1 rating as a scientist, by the National Research Foundation of South Africa. He has been awarded the Gold Medal of the SA Institution of Chemical Engineering for his research work. He has also been awarded the inaugural Harry Oppenheimer Gold Medal and Fellowship and the Science for Society Gold Medal from the Academy of Sciences of South Africa. He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by The NSTF and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Professor Glasser is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of South Africa and the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers. He is a Member of the American Institution of Chemical Engineers and has been elected to the Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Engineering of South Africa. He was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Head of Dept at the same university. He has also served as President of the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers. He served for ten years as an elected Senate Member on the Council (the governing body) of the University of the Witwatersrand.