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Saville Lectures

Dudley A. Saville
Dudley A. Saville

In memory of our colleague, Princeton University’s Department of Chemical Engineering has established the Dudley A. Saville Lectureship for exceptional early-career chemical engineers and scientists. Inspired by his family and colleagues, this series reflects Dudley Saville’s longtime association with Princeton, his uncompromising pursuit of excellence, and his commitment to helping young people begin their academic careers. In his nearly 40 years at Princeton University, he pioneered new directions in fluid mechanics, especially electrohydrodynamics. Although Dudley’s emphasis was always on fundamentals, the practical applications of his research spanned protein crystallization, electrohydrodynamic printing, enhanced oil recovery, patterning of colloidal crystals, and fluid behavior in microgravity, including an experiment flown on the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Dudley was also a pillar supporting the department’s educational mission. Whether teaching thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, engineering mathematics, or transport phenomena, his classes were distinguished by their mathematical rigor and clarity of exposition. A demanding instructor, he earned the respect of generations of chemical engineering students.

In 1997, he received the Alpha Chi Sigma Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; in 2001, he was named the Stephen C. Macaleer ’63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science; and in 2003 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional recognition for an American engineer.

2017 Saville Lecturer: Lea A. Goentoro

Lea Goentoro received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 2006.  She continued her training at Harvard Medical School as the Robert Black Fellow of the Damon-Runyon Cancer Research postdoctoral fellowship.  In the summer of 2011, she joined the faculty of the Division of Biology at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena as an Assistant Professor of Biology.  She is the recipient of the NIH New Innovator Award, the NSF CAREER Award, and the James S. McDonnell Scholar Award in Complex Systems.  Her research aims to understand how biological systems are built, from molecular to cellular to organismal level.  A major focus of her lab is understanding the dynamics of signaling process in animal cells, including pursuing the mechanism by which, as she discovered, the cells compute logarithm.  Another part of her lab is dedicated to exploratory topics, including a novel strategy of self-repair in animals her lab recently discovered, why some animals do not regenerate, how animals maintain their shapes, and the evolution of behavior and emotion.  

Previous Lecturers in the Series


Arthi Jayaraman

University of Delaware


M. Scott Shell

University of California, Santa Barbara


Ryan C. Hayward

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2013 Hang Lu

Georgia Institute of Technology

2012 Todd Squires

University of California, Santa Barbara


Yi Tang

University of California, Los Angeles


Bartosz Grzybowski

Northwestern University


Thomas M. Truskett

University of Texas at Austin