Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

John Anderson to deliver Distinguished Alumni Lecture this spring

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is pleased to announce Dr. John Anderson will deliver its Distinguished Alumni Lecture this spring.

Anderson’s talk, “Then and Now: Chemical Engineering and U.S. Investment in Research,” will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Room 116 of Roger Adams Laboratory.

Dr. John Anderson, former president IIT, Spring 2018 Distinguished Alumni Lecturer

Since receiving his BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware and his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois, Dr. Anderson has served on the faculties of Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University and Illinois Institute of Technology. He served as the president of IIT from 2007 to 2015 and is currently Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering there.

Anderson was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1992 for his contributions to the understanding of colloidal hydrodynamics and membrane transport phenomena. He currently serves on the NAE’s council. In 2014, he was appointed by President Obama to the National Science Board. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been awarded the Acrivos Professional Progress Award of AIChE (1989) and the National Engineering Award by the American Association of Engineering Societies (2012).

His past academic leadership positions include chair of biomedical engineering, department head of chemical engineering and dean of engineering at Carnegie Mellon; and provost and executive vice president at Case Western Reserve. At Carnegie Mellon, he held various positions, including University Professor, Gulf Professor of Chemical Engineering, and the (first) Robert Mehrabian Endowed Chair in Engineering. As a Guggenheim Fellow, he a was visiting professor at MIT in 1982-83, and he has held visiting professorships at Landbouwuniversiteit Wageningen in the Netherlands and the University of Melbourne in Australia. He has served on advisory boards/visiting committees for several universities. He has mentored 26 doctoral students.