College of Engineering University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chemical and Biological Engineering The Fountain
Wisconsin Chemical Engineering Centennial, 1905-2005

Campus view in 1907

Campus view in 1907. Image #3822, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

On August 12-14, the department celebrated its 100th birthday, with a centennial celebration that drew more than 300 alums, guests and friends.  They came to Madison from around the world (literally) to reminisce, renew old friendships and learn about the past, present and future of the Chemical and Biological Engineering department at UW-Madison. The program opened with a reception Friday evening at Memorial Union, looking out over a beautiful view of the Union Terrace and Lake Mendota. The following morning Bob Bird told us about the history of the department, Harmon Ray highlighted the accomplishments of its alumni and Jim Rawlings showed where the department is today and how it is moving forward into its second century. On Saturday evening, 400 alums, guests, faculty and current grad students and postdocs packed into the Great Hall at Memorial Union for a banquet and program with master of ceremonies Juan de Pablo. On Sunday, alums were on their own to enjoy a gorgeous day in Madison.

Our thanks go out to everyone who participated in this event and especially to all the people who worked so hard to make it happen!


Bob Bird:  One Hundred Years of Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin

Harmon Ray:  Wisconsin Chemical Engineering Faculty, Students and Alumni 1905 - 2005

Jim Rawlings:  The Department of Today


Biographical Statements (From Attendees)

Photo Gallery of Centennial

Summer lab photos


Centennial co-chairs

Many thanks to the following alumni for their efforts in the planning and coordination of the centennial celebration.

Dick Schoofs (BS ’53)
Don Baldovin (BS ’57)
Harry Spiegelberg (BS ’59)
Ernie Micek (BS ’59)
Al Ziegenhagen (BS ’57, PhD ’62)
Dick Weaver (PhD ’64)
John Schmid (BS ’73)
John Torkelson (BS ’78)
Laura Sedlar-Lukaczyk (BS ’81)
Tunde Ogunnaike (PhD ’81)
Joe Kubsh (PhD ’82)
Jim Rekoske (BS ’88)
Jakob Krummenacher (BS ’99)
Marcela deLeon Gatti (BS ’99) 

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