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Wilhelm Lectures

Richard H. Wilhelm

This distinguished lectureship honors the memory of Richard H. Wilhelm, a graduate of Columbia University who spent his entire professional career at Princeton University. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1934 and served as chairman from 1954 until his death in 1968. In recognition of his distinguished teaching, he was named Henry Putnam University Professor by Princeton University and given the Warren K. Lewis Award in Chemical Engineering Education by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

For his research leadership in numerous areas of chemical reaction engineering, he received from the AIChE the William H. Walker Award in 1951 and the Professional Progress Award in 1952 and the Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry from the American Chemical Society in 1966. In 1968 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional distinction that can be conferred upon an American engineer.

In 1973, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers established the R.H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering, presented each year to an individual in recognition of significant and new contributions in the field. The Richard H. Wilhelm Lectureship was established through the generosity of his colleagues, friends, and students.

2016 Wilhelm Lecturer: Kristi S. Anseth

Kristi S. Anseth earned her B.S. degree from Purdue University in 1992 and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado in 1994.  After completing post-doctoral research at MIT as an NIH fellow, she joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder as an Assistant Professor in 1996.  Dr. Anseth is presently a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and a Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at CU.  Her research interests lie at the interface between biology and engineering where she designs new biomaterials for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine. 

Dr. Anseth is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (2009), the National Academy of Medicine (2009), the National Academy of Sciences (2013), and the National Academy of Inventors (2015).  She is also a dedicated teacher, who has received four University awards related to her teaching, as well as the American Society for Engineering Education’s Curtis W. McGraw Award.  Dr. Anseth is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Materials Research Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the International Union for Biomaterial Science and Engineering.  She  is currently the President of the Materials Research Society and also serves as an editor for Biomacromolecules, Progress in Materials Science, and Biotechnology & Bioengineering.

Previous Lecturers in the Series


James Wei

University of Delaware


L.E. Scriven

University of Minnesota


Michel Boudart

Stanford University


Jack B. Howard

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Neal R. Amundson

University of Houston


Roger A. Schmitz

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


John M. Prausnitz

University of California at Berkeley


Rutherford Aris

University of Minnesota


Dan Luss

University of Houston


Reuel Shinnar

City College of the City University of New York


George Gavalas

California Institute of Technology


John F. Davidson

Cambridge University


R. Byron Bird

University of Wisconsin at Madison


George K. Batchelor

Cambridge University


Roger W.H. Sargent

Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine


Robert A. Brown

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


John Villadsen

Technical University of Denmark


Eduardo D. Glandt

University of Pennsylvania


Cherry A. Murray

Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies


Alice P. Gast

Stanford University


Charles F. Zukoski

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


William R. Schowalter

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


John F. Brady

California Institute of Technology


Carol K. Hall

North Carolina State University


Frank S. Bates

University of Minnesota


Mark E. Davis

California Institute of Technology


Frances H. Arnold

California Institute of Technology


George Stephanopoulos

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Lanny Schmidt

University of Minnesota


Martin Feinberg

Ohio State University


Klavs Jensen

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Chaitan Khosla

Stanford University


Enrique Iglesia

University of California at Berkeley

2015 Ronald G. Larson University of Michigan