UD Engineering Faculty

Named Professors


Suresh G. Advani

Suresh Advani

George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Named: September 1, 2005

This professorship honors the memory of George W. Laird, an alumnus of the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering who earned a master's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering in 1971. He was killed in a tragic accident in 1977.  The funds for this endowment were provided through the George W. Laird Fund in Mechanical Engineering.

Maciej Antoniewicz

Maciej Antoniewicz

Centennial Junior Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Named: September 1, 2016

 

 

 

 

Gonzalo R. Arce

Gonzalo Arce

Charles Black Evans Professor of Electrical Engineering
Named: January 1, 2003

This professorship honors Charles Black Evans, secretary-treasurer of the University’s Board of Trustees from 1896-1933. Evans Hall, home of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, is named after Evans and his father George C. Evans, a member of the Board of Trustees from 1856 until 1904.

Kenneth E. Barner

Kenneth E. Barner

Charles Black Evans Professor of Electrical Engineering
Named: September 1, 2017

This professorship honors Charles Black Evans, secretary-treasurer of the University’s Board of Trustees from 1896-1933. Evans Hall, home of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, is named after Evans and his father George C. Evans, a member of the Board of Trustees from 1856 until 1904.

Antony N. Beris

Antony Beris

Arthur B. Metzner Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Named: September 1, 2002

This professorship honors the late Arthur B. Metzner, who came to the University in 1953 and chaired the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from 1970-77. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and received the UD's Francis Alison Award.

Thomas S. Buchanan

Thomas Buchanan

George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Named: July 1, 2009

This professorship honors the memory of George W. Laird, an alumnus of the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering who earned a master's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering in 1971. He was killed in a tragic accident in 1977.  The funds for this endowment were provided through the George W. Laird Fund in Mechanical Engineering.

Wilfred Chen

Wilfred Chen

Gore Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Named: January 1, 2011

This professorship honors the Gore family, including Robert W. Gore `59, Sarah I. Gore `76M and the late Genevieve W. Gore. Robert W. Gore, a 1959 chemical engineering graduate of the University of Delaware, served as president of W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc. and is a member of the UD Board of Trustees. In 1990, Dr. Gore received the College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award and he was inducted into UD's Alumni Wall of Fame in 1992.

Tsu-Wei Chou

Tsu-Wei Chou

Unidel Pierre S. du Pont Chair
Named: January 1, 2003
(Originally named Jerzy L. Nowinski Professor of Mechanical Engineering on September 1, 1989)

Funded by the Unidel Foundation, this endowed chair honors the memory of Pierre Samuel du Pont, industrialist, philanthropist, and educational visionary. His generosity began with an anonymous gift of land to Delaware College (now the University) in 1915 which forms the central area of campus now known as The Green. Mr. du Pont also played a role in establishing the University's Junior Year Abroad Program, the first program of its kind in the world.

Dominic M. DiToro

Dominic DiToro

Edward C. Davis Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Named: March 5, 2004

This professorship honors the late Edward C. Davis (1884-1959), who graduated from Delaware College (forerunner to the University) in 1905 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He became one of the nation’s leading hydraulic engineers and was a generous benefactor to the University.

Dawn Elliott

Dawn Elliott

Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas H. Epps, III

Thomas Epps

Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Career Development Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

This professorship was generously funded by Thomas L. and Kipp T. Gutshall. Mr. Gutshall is a 1960 graduate of UD with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He started his career as a process engineer for Union Carbide and his entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found and/or hold leadership positions at companies such as Syntex Corporation, Cepheid Inc., and Satoris Corporation. The Gutshalls have remained active members of the UD community, with Mr. Gutshall serving as a longtime member of the chemical engineering advisory council and as the co-chair of his class' 50th reunion committee in 2010. The Gutshalls were the first donors to establish a career development chair at UD to cultivate the careers of young, mid-level professors.

Hui Fang

Thomas Epps

David L. Mills and Beverly J.C. Mills Career Development Chair

Named: September 1, 2016

This professorship was funded by a generous gift from UD Professor Emeritus David L. Mills and his wife, UD alumna Beverly Csizmadia Mills '98. Dr. Mills was a professor in the University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1986-2008 and a pioneer of the early internet and its precursor networks. He continues to teach and lead research sponsored by such agencies as the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and National Science Foundation. The Mills established this chair to cultivate the careers of mid-level professors in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.


John W. Gillespie, Jr.

John Gillespie

Donald C. Phillips Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Named: September 1, 2005

This professorship honors Donald C. Phillips, an alumnus of the University of Delaware’s Class of 1948, who through his estate provided a generous gift to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Mr. Phillips, an Army veteran of World War II, earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering and went on to lead an accomplished career as a construction engineer.


Chin-Pao Huang

Chin-Pao Huang

Donald C. Phillips Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Named: March 5, 2004
(Originally named Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering on October 15, 1992)

This professorship honors Donald C. Phillips, an alumnus of the University of Delaware's Class of 1948, who through his estate provided a generous gift to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Mr. Phillips, an Army veteran of World War II, earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering and went on to lead an accomplished career as a construction engineer.

Kristi Kiick

Kristi Kiick

Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Named: September 1, 2017

 

 

 

 

James T. Kirby

James Kirby

Edward C. Davis Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Named: January 1, 2003

This professorship honors the late Edward C. Davis, who graduated from Delaware College (forerunner to the University) in 1905 with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. He became one of the nation’s leading hydraulic engineers and was a generous benefactor to the University.


Michael T. Klein

Michael Klein

Unidel Dan Rich Chair in Energy
Named: July 1, 2010

Research: Upgrading and conversion of renewable and fossil fuels, chemical reaction engineering, detailed kinetic modeling of complex reaction systems. Funded by the Unidel Foundation, this endowed chair honors Dan Rich for his distinguished service as the University's provost from 2001 to 2009.


Stephanie Law

Stephanie Law

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

This professorship was funded by the Clare Boothe Luce Program, the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering. Clare Boothe Luce was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering.

Kelvin H. Lee

Kelvin Lee

Gore Professor of Chemical Engineering
Named: September 1, 2007

This professorship honors the Gore family, including Robert W. Gore `59, Sarah I. Gore `76M and the late Genevieve W. Gore. Robert W. Gore, a 1959 chemical engineering graduate of the University of Delaware, served as president of W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc. and is a member of the UD Board of Trustees. In 1990, Dr. Gore received the College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award and he was inducted into UD’s Alumni Wall of Fame in 1992.

Abraham M. Lenhoff

Abraham Lenhoff

Allan P. Colburn Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Named: September 1, 2010

Allan P. Colburn Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. (Originally named Gore Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering on September 1, 2002) This professorship honors Allan P. Colburn. Dr. Colburn was a nationally prominent chemical engineer who was chairman of UD's Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. He also served as acting-president of the University in 1950 and provost from 1950 until his death in 1955.

Raul Lobo

Raul Lobo

Claire D. LeClaire Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Named: September 1, 2014

This named professorship was made possible by the endowment of the late Mr. Claire D. LeClaire, formerly of Dover, in support of chemical engineering efforts at the University


Michael E. Mackay

Michael Mackay

Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Named: July 1, 2009

The distinguished professorship recognizes deserving senior members of the UD faculty.

David C. Martin

David Martin

Karl W. and Renate Böer Chaired Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Named: July 1, 2009

The professorship honors Karl W. Böer, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics and Solar Energy, and Renate Böer, an authority in the field of international trade. A pioneer in the fields of solar cells, solar energy systems, and solid state physics, Dr. Böer was a faculty member from 1962-1994.  In 1987, the University established the Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit in his honor. Dr. Boer also was awarded UD's Medal of Distinction in 1998.

Christopher Meehan

Bentley Systems, Incorporated Chair of Civil Engineering

This professorship was funded by a generous gift from Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the global leader in providing software solutions to professionals in the architectural, engineering and construction industries. The company was co-founded in 1984 by brothers Keith A. Bentley and Barry J. Bentley. Bentley Systems, Incorporated is currently headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania and led by current CEO Greg Bentley.

Babatunde A. Ogunnaike

William L. Friend Chaired Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Named: September 1, 2008

(Originally named William L. Friend Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering on January 1, 2004)

This professorship honors the distinguished career of UD alumnus William L. Friend `58MChE, who, along with his wife Mary Kay, provided a generous gift to the University to endow this professorship. Mr. Friend received the University's Medal of Distinction in 2004 in recognition of his significant contributions to international engineering and construction industry and the engineering profession.

Eleftherious T. Papoutsakis

Unidel Eugene du Pont Chair
Named: September 1, 2007

This professorship honors Eugene duPont (1840-1902), a native Delawarean, who served as fourth president of the DuPont Company from 1889-1902. The Eugene du Pont Distinguished Memorial Scholarship program for highly qualified, incoming freshmen also is named in his honor.

Lori Pollock

Alumni Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Sciences
Named: September 1, 2016

This professorship was established with an endowment commitment made by the University of Delaware Alumni Association in 2002.

 

 

Ajay K. Prasad

Ajay K. Prasad

College of Engineering Alumni Distinguished Professor
Named: January 1, 2014

Established in 2007 by more than 50 UD alumni and their employers, the College of Engineering Alumni Professorship endowment assists the college in attracting and retaining the best and brightest talent in engineering education and research.

Dennis W. Prather

Dennis Prather

College of Engineering Alumni Professor
Named: January 1, 2007

The College of Engineering Alumni Professorship endowment was established by our alumni to assist the College in its efforts to attract and retain the best and brightest talent in engineering education and research. Through the financial support of over fifty alumni and matching gifts from their employers, the $350,000 goal of this project was achieved and the first College of Engineering Alumni Professor was appointed in January, 2007. Due to the success of the project and the continuing need to recruit and retain outstanding faculty college-wide, a second campaign is underway to fund another professorship.

John F. Rabolt

John Rabolt

Karl W. and Renate Böer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Named: September 1, 2001

The professorship honors Karl W. Böer, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics and Solar Energy, and Renate Böer, an authority in the field of international trade. A pioneer in the fields of solar cells, solar energy systems, and solid state physics, Dr. Böer was a faculty member from 1962-1994.  In 1987, the University established the Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit in his honor. Dr. Boer also was awarded UD's Medal of Distinction in 1998.

Stanley I. Sandler

Stanley Sandler

Henry B. du Pont Chaired Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Named: September 1, 1999
(Originally named Henry B. du Pont Professor in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering on February 23, 1982)

This Chair honors Henry Belin du Pont, who served on the Board of Trustees from 1944 until his death in 1970.  His unusually diverse educational background and other life-long interests set the tone for his broad-based role at Delaware. Being well informed about business, science, and technology issues, he was a leader in community development. Upon his death, he bequeathed a substantial legacy to the University.

Millicent Sullivan

Millicent Sullivan

Centennial Junior Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Named: September 1, 2016

 

 

 

Dionisios G. Vlachos

Dionsios Vlachos

Allan and Myra Ferguson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Named: September 1, 2016

This professorship was established in 2015 with a gift from UD alumni Allan and Myra Ferguson. Allan had a 20-year career as a chemical engineer at Johnson & Johnson, then senior operating positions at two biotech companies, followed by 20-plus years in international venture capital investing in early-stage biotech and medical device companies.


Norman J. Wagner

Norman Wagner

Unidel Robert L. Pigford Chair in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Named: September 1, 2014
(Originally named Alvin B. and Julia O. Stiles Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering on September 1, 2005)

Funded by the Unidel Foundation, this professorship honors Robert L. Pigford, chairperson of the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from 1947-66, the first recipient of the University’s Francis Alison Faculty Award and a member of the UD Board of Trustees from 1982 until his death in 1988.

Cathy Huey-Hwa Wu

Cathy Huey-Hwa Wu

Unidel Edward G. Jefferson Chair in Engineering & Computer Science
Named: January 16, 2009

Department of Computer & Information Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
Research: bioinformatics and computational systems biology
The Edward G. Jefferson Chair honors the late Edward Jefferson, former chairman and chief executive officer of the DuPont Company and a University trustee and benefactor. The Jefferson Chair is funded through an endowment established by the Unidel Foundation.

Xiang-Gen Xia

Xiang-Gen Xia

Charles Black Evans Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Named: September 1, 2007

This professorship honors Charles Black Evans, secretary-treasurer of the University's Board of Trustees from 1896-1933. Evans Hall, home of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, is named after Evans and his father George C. Evans, a member of the Board of Trustees from 1856 until 1904.

Yushan Yan

Yushan Yan

Distinguished Engineering Professor
Named: July 1, 2011

This professorship originated as the HAWTHORNE PROFESSORSHIP, named for Howard S. Hawthorne and funded thru a DuPont Company engineering department employee voluntary endowment, which received additional gifts over the years and expanded into the current professorship.

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