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Professor Alice P. Gast is President of Imperial College London. Prior to her appointment at Imperial in September 2014, Professor Gast was the President of Lehigh University (2006 – 2014) and the Vice-President for Research and Associate Provost and Robert T. Haslam Chair in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001 – 2006). An expert in surface and interfacial phenomena and the behaviour of complex fluids, Professor Gast was a faculty member at Stanford University (1985 – 2001), being promoted to full professor in 1995. She was affiliated with the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory.
Professor Gast is a member of the Board of UK Research and Innovation; the Board of Trustees for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; the Academic Research Council for the Singapore Ministry of Education; the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of Malaysia; and the Board of Directors of Chevron Corporation.