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Carol K. Hall is the Worley H. Clark, Jr. Distinguished University Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University, and joined that department in 1985. She was one of the first women in the U.S. to be appointed to a chemical engineering faculty, having served at Princeton University from 1977 to 1985. Previously, she received postdoctoral training in the Chemistry Department at Cornell University and worked for a brief period as an economic modeler at Bell Laboratories.
Dr. Hall’s research focuses on applying statistical thermodynamics and molecular-level computer simulation to topics of chemical, biological or engineering interest involving macromolecules or complex fluids. Current research topics include protein folding/aggregation, multipolar colloids, protein design, drug delivery devices, and peptide co-assembly. Her research involves molecular-level computer simulation, self-assembly of soft materials, and design of synthetic peptides. She was one of the first researchers to apply statistical mechanics to non- molecular systems (colloids) and to simulate spontaneous amyloid formation in systems of proteins. Hall served as the founding co-director of the NSF’s Research Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) on Soft Matter, and as Meeting Program Chair for the Centennial Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, as well as a member of their Board of Directors.
Dr. Hall was elected to the NAE in 2005 for applications of modern thermodynamic and computer-simulation methods to chemical engineering problems involving macromolecules and complex fluids. She has served on the NAE Membership Policy Committee, Committee on Membership (member, peer committee chair), Nominating Committee, Chemical Engineering Peer Committee (chair; vice chair, member), Section 03 Executive Committee (peer committee chair), and Bernard M. Gordon Prize Committee.
In 2015, she won the Foundations of Molecular Modeling and Simulation Medal for profound and lasting contributions by one or more individuals to the development of computational methods and their application to the field of molecular-based modeling and simulation. That year she was also awarded the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Founders Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical Engineering. In 2019 she received the John M Prausnitz Award for productive contributions of high impact to the areas of the PPEPPD Conferences. The author of more than 275 publications, she is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
She earned her BA in physics from Cornell University in 1967, and MA and PhD in 1969 and 1972, respectively, from The State University of New York at Stony Brook.