CEMS Giving

Invest in Faculty Research

CEMS faculty make extraordinary contributions in both the lab and classroom, advancing research discoveries and training the next generation of engineers, scientists, and academics. Philanthropic support helps our enterprising scholars to take risks and explore innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems in energy, the environment, and human health. You can help give the Department a competitive edge in recruiting new faculty and retaining accomplished faculty by establishing research funds, professorships, and chairs.

To learn how you can contribute toward existing professorships or chairs, or to create a lasting legacy in CEMS by establishing a new professorship or chair, please contact Courtney Billing.

Current Endowed Chairs and Professors

Faculty Funds

To make a gift to a CEMS faculty member, please select their name below and add your gift designation to the "special instructions" section of the giving webpage.

Amundson Professorship in Chemical Engineering

The Neal R. Amundson Professorship in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science was established by gifts from alumni and friends of Neal and the Department and by a matching gift from the Permanent University Fund (PUF). It is given anually to a tenured member of the department faculty for the purpose of professional development.

Current Recipients:
  • Chris Leighton
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Chris Macosko Professorship for Chemical Engineering & Materials Science

To assist the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in recruiting, supporting, and retaining outstanding faculty members.

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George T. Piercy Leadership Chair in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Janet Piercy, the wife of the late George T. Piercy, established this Chair in 2001 to support a deserving faculty member in their research and continue the Piercy legacy in the Department.

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George T. Piercy Professorship

Wishing to recognize the benefits he received from the University of Minnesota, George T. Piercy (ChemE ’38) established the Piercy Professorship in Chemical Engineering & Materials Science.

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George T. Piercy Visiting Professorship

In 1986, the late George T. Piercy established this visiting professorship in chemical engineering and materials science. It invites nationally and internationally renowned teachers and researchers to study and teach in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

Current Recipients:
  • Barry L. Zink, University of Denver (2015 Piercy Professor)
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L. E. Scriven Chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Franklin M. Orr, Jr. enjoys a stimulating and rewarding career of teaching and research at Stanford University. His belief in the value of education and his appreciation of the role that Professor L.E. "Skip" Scriven played in preparing him and many other students for successful careers inspired him to establish this chair. It is his hope that future generations will also benefit from the continued combination of a strong faculty, talented students, and commitment to excellence in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science.

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Neal & Shirley Amundson Chair in Chemical Engineering & Material Science

Created in 2001, the Amundson Chair conducts innovative research, provides exemplary service to the chemical engineering profession and scientific societies, and contributes to the flow of ideas and talented people in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

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Ray D. & Mary T. Johnson/Mayon Plastics Chair

Ray D. Johnson (BChE 1939), President of Mayon Plastics created the Ray D. & Mary T. Johnson/Mayon Plastics Chair in 1989. His personal gift was matched by the Permanent University Fund. The motivation for establishing the Professorship in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science was to attract and develop to a tenured appointment young assistant professors by providing the financial resources in recognition of the potential contributions which they would make in their teaching and research to the field as well as to the Department. The Professorship was an attempt to maintain and expand upon the existing strengths of the Department and to provide an excellent mechanism for retaining and attracting young teachers so that the national recognition of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science can be continually enhanced.

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Shell Distinguished Chair in Chemical Engineering

In recognition of the need for major research support in our nation's leading research universities, the Shell Foundation established in 1986 the Shell Distinguished Chair, matched by the Permanent University Fund. The purpose of the program is to give the chair holders the opportunity to proceed with freedom on a promising line of investigation without the delay or interruption due to lack of outside research support. The Chair may also enable the holder to pursue an initiative or speculative direction particularly in basic research or where the prospects for immediate support are minimal. It is intended that the Chair ultimately will have the impact of strengthening and advancing the fields of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

Current Recipients:
  • Matt Neurock
  • Efie Kokkoli
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Aydil, Eray

Support Professor Eray Aydil's research in Reaction engineering of electronic materials, Thin film deposition and etching, and Photovoltaics.

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Azarin, Samira

Support Professor Samira Azarin's research in Biomaterials, Stem cell and tissue engineering, and Tumor progression and metastasis.

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Bates, Frank

Support Professor Frank S. Bates in his research of Thermodynamics & dynamics of polymers and polymer mixtures.

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Bhan, Aditya

Support Professor Aditya Bhan's research in Heterogeneous catalysis, Biofuels, C1 conversion, Renewable Energy, Computational chemistry, and Reaction Engineering.

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Caretta, Raul

Support Professor Raul Caretta's research in surface science and heterogeneous catalysis.

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Cheng, Xiang

Support Professor Xiang Cheng's research in Soft materials physics, Dynamics of colloidal suspensions, Fluid mechanics and granular flows.

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Cussler, Edward L.

Support Professor Edward Cussler's research in Mass transfer and Novel separation processes.

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Daoutidis, Prodromos

Support Professor Prodromos Daoutidis's research in Energy systems engineering, Process control, Complex and networked systems.

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Dauenhauer, Paul

Support Professor Paul Dauenhauer's research in Reaction Engineering, Catalysis, Transport in Meso/Microporous Materials, and Renewable Fuels and Chemicals.

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Derby, Jeffrey

Support Professor Jeffrey J. Derby's research in Materials processing, Crystal growth, Theory and Computation.

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Dorfman, Kevin

Support Professor Kevin Dorfman's research in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Biophysics.

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Ferry, Vivian

Support Professor Vivian Ferry's research in Light-matter interactions, Plasmonics and metamaterials, Solar energy conversion.

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Flannigan, David

Support Professor David Flannigan's research in In Situ Ultrafast Transmission Electron Microscopy, Phase Transitions and Structural Dynamics, Energy Transport

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Francis, Lorraine

Support Professor Lorraine Francis in her research of Coatings, Materials processing, and Ceramics.

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Frisbie, C. Daniel

Support Professor C. Daniel Frisbie's research in Molecular materials and interfaces, Organic semiconductors, Molecular electronics, Atomic force microscopy.

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Gerberich, William

Support Professor William Gerberich's research in Fracture Micromechanics of Thin Films, Interfacial Defects, Hydrogen Embrittlement, Length Scale Effects in Nanovolumes, Fracture micromechanics and interfacial defects.

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Hackel, Benjamin

Support Professor Hackel's research in Molecular Imaging, Engineering Proteins, and Tumor Targeting.

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Holmes, Russell

Support Professor Russell Holmes in his research of Electrical and optical properties of organic thin films, Optoelectronic devices, Solid state lighting and solar energy conversion.

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Hu, Wei-Shou

Support Professor Wei-Shou Hu in his research of Biochemical engineering.

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Jalan, Bharat

Support Professor Bharat Jalan's research in Molecular beam epitaxy growth of oxide thin films, Perovskite oxide heterostructures, Nanoscale engineered oxide structures for electronic applications, and Materials for energy conversion.

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Jeong, Jong Seok

Support Professor Jong Seok Jeong's research in atomic-scale microscopy and spectroscopy.

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Kaznessis, Yiannis

Support Professor Yiannis Kaznessis in his research of Antibiotic probiotics, Mathematical modeling of biological systems, and Synthetic bioengineering.

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Kokkoli, Efie

Support Professor Efie Kokkoli's research in DNA Nanotechnology, Biomolecular Engineering, Targeted Drug & Gene Delivery, Peptide Hydrogels, and Biopolymers.

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Kumar, Satish

Support Professor Satish Kumar's research in Transport and interfacial phenomena, Complex fluids, Printing and coating, and Nanofluidics and microfluidics.

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Leighton, Chris

Support Professor Chris Leighton's research in electronic and magnetic properties of novel materials and structures.

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Lodge, Timothy

Support Professor Timothy Lodge's research in Polymer structure & dynamics and Polymer characterization.

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Macosko, Chris

Support Professor Chris Macosko's research in Rheology and polymer processing, Polymer blends, interfaces, and nanoparticles.

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Manno, Michael

Thank you for your support of Professor Michael Manno.

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McCormick, Alon

Support Professor Alon McCormick's research in Characterization and engineering of self-assembly, dispersion, and emulsification, Molecular engineering of dispersant systems for oil spills, UV Curing and property development of coatings, Sustainable, distributed, and small scale ammonia production enabled by high temperature solid absorbent systems.

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Mkhoyan, Andre

Support Professor Andre Mkhoyan's research in Analytical electron microscopy and spectroscopy, Nanomaterials, and Defects and interfaces.

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Morse, David

Support Professor David Morse's research in Statistical mechanics and dynamics of polymer fluids.

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Neurock, Matthew

Support Professor Matthew Neurock's research in Heterogeneous catalysis, Theoretical and computational chemistry, Renewable energy conversion, and Molecular reaction engineering and kinetics.

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Schott, Jeffrey

Thank you for your support of Professor Jeffrey Schott.

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Smyrl, William

Support Professor William Smyrl's research in Electrochemical engineering, Modeling electrochemical systems, and Microvisualization of reactive surfaces.

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Srienc, Friedrich

Support Professor Friedrich Srienc's research in Biochemical engineering, Cell cycle kinetics, and Biodegradable polymers.

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Tranquillo, Robert

Support Professor Robert Tranquillo in his research of cardiovascular tissue engineering.

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Tsapatsis, Michael

Support Professor Michael Tsapatsis in his research of Nanoscale Engineering of Materials for Separation and Reaction and Energy Applications.

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Zasadzinski, Joseph

Support Professor Joe Zasadzinski's research in Lipid Basted Drug Delivery, Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications, Soft Materials Engineering, Lung Surfactant Function, and Lipid Role in Myelin Membranes and Multiple Sclerosis.

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Zhang, Kechun

Support Professor Kechun Zhang's research in biotechnology and bioengineering.

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