February 23, 2015
This faculty scholar position has been established through a gift from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering alumnus, Dr. Ray Mentzer, and his wife, Beverly.
Dr. Ray Mentzer received his B.S. in 1974 in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue. He has been a Senior Lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department of Texas A&M University for more than five years, following a 28-year career with ExxonMobil. In addition to teaching senior level courses such as Chemical Process Safety and Oil & Gas Processing, he continues to be engaged with process safety research projects, downhole drilling safety, risk management, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fire-related studies. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Dr. Mentzer had more than 12 assignments with ExxonMobil in Houston / New Orleans / London in a variety of areas, including oil & gas facility design and operation, research, financial management, safety, health & environment, and public affairs. His last position with Exxon was as a Global Safety, Health, Environment and Security manager.
Beverly Mentzer, who received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from LSU, retired from ExxonMobil after working 33 years in both domestic and international engineering and managerial positions. Through multiple positions in U.S. production, she managed field operations, projects, pipelines, business development, natural gas, production facilities engineering and subsurface technical support. While living in the UK she had responsibility for all technical, operational, commercial, financial, and external relations aspects of ExxonMobil ‘s UK non-operated production assets. Her last position was the Gas & Facilities Technology Manager for ExxonMobil Upstream Research, during which she led the start-up of ExxonMobil Research Qatar.
Associate Professor Charles Schroeder has established a successful research program at Illinois, focused on the study of physical, chemical, and biological phenomena at the single molecule level, an area known as molecular engineering. His research focuses on the dynamics of soft materials, including polymers with complex architectures and macromolecular self-assembly, in order to bridge the gap between molecular phenomena and bulk-scale behavior in complex fluids. His work also focuses on biophysics and single molecule fluorescence imaging to unravel the function of proteins and biomolecules at the molecular level. Schroeder joined the faculty at Illinois in 2008. He received his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon and his Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Schroeder’s achievements have been recognized through a number of awards, including the NSF CAREER award, the Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award from the Society of Rheology, a Packard Fellowship from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. Also, he has been recognized locally as a Beckman Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Engineering, and has appeared several times on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent.