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Thomas J.



Faculty Details

Adjunct Professor

Juris Doctor, 2003, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, Virginia
Masters of Chemical Engineering, 2003, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Bachelors of Chemical Engineering, 1977, Catholic University of America, District of Columbia


Proton Conductive Membranes, Fuel Cells, Artificial Skins and Burn Dressings, Artificial Neural Materials, Cellular Cryogenics, Blood Pheresis and Storage, Medical Devices, Automated Diagnostic Equipment.

Subjects Taught: 

Chemical Engineering Unit Operations
Chemical Engineering Process Control
Chemical Engineering Design
General Chemistry

Detailed Information

About Me: 

Appointments and Affiliations
2015- Vice Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology Section of the Virginia Bar Association
2011- Present, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering, Howard University
2010-Joint Commission of Technology and Science, of the Virginia Legislature
2009-2014- Disaster Committee of the American Bar Association
2003- Admitted to the Virginia Bar
1996- Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
2013 Invited speaker, Union Internationale des Avocats, Budapest, Hungary on April 4-5, 2014, Bioinformatics and Privacy
2012 Affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, May 05, 2011, Appeal No. 10-1744
2011 Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
2010 Chair, Patent Office Inter Partes Committee, the American Bar Association
2010 Successfully sued Nike for trademark infringement in the Eastern District of Virginia. Civil Action, File Number 3:09-CV-00654
2004 Community Service and Pro Bono Servant of the Virginia Bar Association
1991 Affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, In re Baxter Travenol Labs., 21 USPQ2d 1281 (Fed. Cir. 1991), cited in 35 U.S.C.S. § 102 annotated, cited over 500 times in Shepherds.

Representative Publications
1. Sulfonated Styrene-Based Proton-Conducting Membranes, Wallen et al., Polymer Materials Science & Engineering 2002, 86, 33, A.C.S.
2. Cybersecurity, Wallen, April 2010 PROC. FROM A.B.A. INTELL. PROP. L. SEC.
3. Examiner, 545 United States Patents, 1978-2012.

Recent Conference Presentations
1. Low Cost Fuel Cell Membranes, Wallen et al., invited for presentation to the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 10, 2002, Orlando, Florida.
2. Cyber Security in the Intellectual Property Arena, Wallen, presented to Spring Meeting of the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, April 2010.
3. Gravitational and Electrostatic Interaction and the Strong Nuclear Force, Wallen, presented to the Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Augusta, Georgia, Nov. 3, 2006.
4. Block Copolymer Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications, Wallen et al., The Second Annual Conference for the Development of Technology in Medicine in Virginia, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Nov. 2, 1999.


2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco

Wed, March 1, 2017

One Senior and six juniors chemical engineering students respectively participated in the 2016 AIChE Annual Student Conference in San Francisco, CA, November 14-18, 2016. The­ students were Simone Stanley, April Howard, Anayia Reliford, Mahtab Waseem, Bekuechukwu Uzondu, Diwash Bajracharya and Okeoghene Osevwe. Simone Stanley (Senior Chemical Engineering student) won first place for her presentation of “An Experiment Based Smartphone Education App for a Simple Introduction to Chemical Engineering Kinetics” in the General Engineering and Engineering Education session of the poster competition.Read More >>

ChemE Dept. Chair Ramesh Chawla Invited to Serve on EPA's National Advisory Council

Tue, May 24, 2016

Chemical Engineering Department Chair Ramesh Chawla has been invited to serve on the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology for a two-year term. As a representative member, he will represent the interests of the Howard University Department of Chemical Engineering.Read More >>


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