The Founders’ Lectureship was established in 1986 to bring distinguished speakers to the UW Department of Chemical Engineering to broaden our perspective and suggest new opportunities and areas of responsibility in the profession. Continuing traditions dating from the founding of the department in 1905, such assessment and evaluation helps to keep our curriculum and research programs vigorous and responsive to a changing world. The Marshall Fund supports this annual lectureship in honor of the founders of the department.
Dr. Michael Amiridis
Professor and Provost
University of South Carolina
Biography and abstract »
Founders' Lecture, 2014-2015
“Designer” Catalysts: From Molecular Building Blocks to Active Catalytic Sites and Ensembles
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., 1610 Engineering Hall
refreshments at 3:30 p.m. Lobby of Engineering Hall
W. Robert Marshall, 1916–1988
W. Robert Marshall
Bob Marshall’s career spanned more than 40 years of outstanding service to the University of Wisconsin and to the national and international community of scholars.
W. Robert Marshall received his B.S. from Illinois Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1941, studying under Olaf A. Hougen. After six years at DuPont he returned to UW as associate professor of chemical engineering, where his research focussed on atomization and spray drying.
In 1953 Bob was named director of the Engineering Experiment Station, and in 1971 was appointed dean of the College of Engineering. As dean, he led the college in strengthening its international ties and developed programs to help women and minorities enter the field of engineering. In 1981 he became director of University Industry Research, a program dedicated to the encouragement of cooperative efforts between the university and industry.
Bob’s service to the profession was further demonstrated through his commitment to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers as a director and later as its president. He believed in the value of the exchange of information and the cross-fertilization of ideas that professional societies can provide.
But most of all, Bob Marshall was mentor, advisor and friend to the many who knew him.