UW Chemical Engineering

Join the University of Washington's
Department of Chemical Engineering for
the Inaugural Bruce A. Finlayson Lecture featuring

Eric W. Kaler
President of the University of Minnesota

"The Future of the American
Research University"

Tuesday, May 28th, 3:00-4:00 pm
HUB Lyceum

Public reception to follow

   Eric Kaler

As state and federal support continues to decline and the cost of higher education rises, what role do e-learning initiatives, industry partnerships, and other "bold ideas" play in tomorrow's university? Join Eric Kaler as he discusses the major challenges and opportunities facing the nation's top research universities in an increasingly diverse global landscape.

Speaker Biography:

Eric Kaler is the president of the University of Minnesota. Since he took office in 2011, Dr. Kaler has emphasized a commitment to academic excellence by investing in new faculty positions and pledging to make the university more affordable. Among his initiatives is a proposal to freeze tuition for undergraduates and increase financial aid. His research initiative called MnDRIVE aligns the strengths of the University of Minnesota — food production, robotics, water quality, and neuroscience — with the state's needs and key industries.

After receiving his PhD from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Kaler joined the University of Washington as a faculty member in the Chemical Engineering department and remained through 1989. He is one of the nation's foremost experts in complex fluids, with applications in drug delivery, food processing, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing. He is the former dean of the University of Delaware's College of Engineering and former provost at Stony Brook University in New York.

The Lecture, named in honor of Dr. Bruce A. Finlayson, Rehnberg Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, will feature distinguished chemical engineers who demonstrate exceptional scholarship, teaching, and service in their field.