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Amundson Tribute Set for March 14

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Toby Weber

Engineers from across the United States and Mexico are set to come to the University of Houston later this month for an event honoring the late Neal Amundson.

Amundson, who passed away on Feb. 16 at the age of 95, was the Cullen Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Houston. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, Amundson is considered the father of modern chemical engineering and a leading educator in the field.

The gathering is set for the morning of March 14 at the Cullen College of Engineering. It features talks from more than 15 highly regarded engineers and scientists who worked with and/or studied under Amundson during his five decades as a teacher and researcher.

Among the scheduled speakers are:

  • University of Houston President and Chancellor Renu Khator
  • Dan Luss, Cullen Professor of Engineering at UH
  • John Seinfeld, Louis E. Nohl Professor and professor of chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology
  • Roger Schmitz, Keating-Crawford Professor Emeritus and former dean of engineering at the University of Notre Dame
  • Arvind Varma, head and R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University
  • James Wei, Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor of Chemical Engineering Emeritus and Dean Emeritus of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University

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