Medgar Evers College Professor Wins Prestigious NSF Grant

Brooklyn – Medgar Evers College (MEC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Lawrence Pratt, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, was awarded a three-year $239,364 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant for his project entitled “RUI: Reactions, Mechanisms, and Intermediates in Hydrocarbon Fuel Oil Produced from Brown Grease: Important Information for Scale Up to Commercial Production.”

Dr. Pratt joined MEC in fall 2012 as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. He came to MEC with two research grants that ended in 2015, and has continued to apply for research support since he arrived at the College. Dr. Pratt is currently involved in collaborative research projects with universities in Malaysia and Vietnam, where he often travels to advance these projects.

“I am proud of Dr. Pratt for receiving the School of Science, Health and Technology’s second NSF research grant this year. The investment that we have made in hiring research-active faculty has started paying off,” said Dr. Mohsin Patwary, Dean of the MEC School of Science, Health and Technology congratulating Pratt for being awarded this very competitive NSF grant. Dean Patwary also took the opportunity to thank Dr. Pratt for engaging our STEM students in research; serving as mentor to the MEC Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Scholars, and to the CUNY Research Scholars Program, the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program, and other students. “I admire his research focus and determination,” commented Dr. William Hope, Chairman, Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science.

Dr. Pratt’s NSF award commenced on September 1, 2015 and will conclude on August 31, 2018.