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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.

2017 Wilhelm Lecturer: Matthew Tirrell

Matthew Tirrell is the founding Pritzker Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, and Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Chief Research Officer at Argonne National Laboratory. Immediately prior to joining the University of Chicago in 2011, he was the Arnold and Barbara Silverman Professor and Chair of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, with additional appointments in chemical engineering and materials science & engineering, and as a Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Tirrell received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University in 1973 and a Ph.D. in 1977 in Polymer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. From 1977 to 1999, he was on the faculty of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota, where he served as department head from 1995 to 1999. Professor Tirrell completed ten years as Dean of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara on June 30, 2009. He has co-authored over 350 papers and one book and has supervised about 80 Ph.D. students. Professor Tirrell is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, the AAAS, and the APS. Professor Tirrell has extensive consulting and scientific advisory board experience in both the materials science and biotech/biomedical sectors.

Previous Lecturers in the Series

1974

James Wei

University of Delaware

1975

L.E. Scriven

University of Minnesota

1976

Michel Boudart

Stanford University

1977

Jack B. Howard

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1978

Neal R. Amundson

University of Houston

1979

Roger A. Schmitz

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1980

John M. Prausnitz

University of California at Berkeley

1981

Rutherford Aris

University of Minnesota

1983

Dan Luss

University of Houston

1985

Reuel Shinnar

City College of the City University of New York

1987

George Gavalas

California Institute of Technology

1988

John F. Davidson

Cambridge University

1991

R. Byron Bird

University of Wisconsin at Madison

1992

George K. Batchelor

Cambridge University

1994

Roger W.H. Sargent

Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine

1995

Robert A. Brown

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1997

John Villadsen

Technical University of Denmark

1998

Eduardo D. Glandt

University of Pennsylvania

1999

Cherry A. Murray

Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies

2001

Alice P. Gast

Stanford University

2001

Charles F. Zukoski

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2002

William R. Schowalter

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2003

John F. Brady

California Institute of Technology

2005

Carol K. Hall

North Carolina State University

2006

Frank S. Bates

University of Minnesota

2008

Mark E. Davis

California Institute of Technology

2008

Frances H. Arnold

California Institute of Technology

2009

George Stephanopoulos

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2010

Lanny Schmidt

University of Minnesota

2011

Martin Feinberg

Ohio State University

2012

Klavs Jensen

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2013

Chaitan Khosla

Stanford University

2014

Enrique Iglesia

University of California at Berkeley

2015

Ronald G. Larson

University of Michigan

2016

Kristi S. Anseth

University of Colorado at Boulder