College of Engineering

Suresh Advani

George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Research: Polymer and composite processing and rheology, computer-based virtual simulations of the composites manufacturing process.

The funds for this endowment were provided through the George W. Laird Fund in Mechanical Engineering, which was established in 1991 through a gift from the George W. Laird Computer-Aided Engineering Foundation. This foundation was established in 1987 by Mr. Laird’s father, William W. (Chick) Laird, to provide support to the University of Delaware’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Gonzalo R. Arce

Charles Black Evans Professor of Electrical Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research: Nonlinear signal processing, wireless communications, statistical signal processing, electronic imaging and display, bioelectronics, image processing, multimedia security and communications.

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

Charles Black Evans Professor of Electrical Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research: Statistical signal processing, nonlinear and sparse signal processing, sensor network and consensus systems, machine learning, and information access methods for individuals with disabilities, including tactile, haptic, and multimodal systems. 

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.

 Anthony N. Beris

Arthur B. Metzner Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research: Modeling and simulation of complex flows, nonequilibrium thermodynamics and transport phenomena.

This professorship honors the late Arthur B. Metzner, who came to the University in 1953 and chaired the Department of Chemical 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

George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Research – Models of Muscle Coordination, Medical Imaging, Knee Stability and Osteoarthritis, tic and EMG patterns after ACL injury

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

Gore Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research: Cellular and metabolic engineering, synthetic biology for biofuel production, protein therapeutics, viral detection, drug discovery, and protein purification.

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

Unidel P.S. du Pont Chair
Mechanical Engineering

Research: Materials science, applied mechanics, fiber composite materials, piezoelectric materials, and nanocomposites.

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 then-Delaware College 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. Di Toro

Edward C. Davis Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research: Water quality modeling, the development of mathematical and statistical models for water quality and sediment studies.

This professorship honors the late Edward C. Davis, who graduated from then-Delaware College 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 M. Elliott

Blue & Gold Distinguished Professor
Biomedical Engineering

Research: Biomechanics of collagenous soft tissues and intervertebral disc function, degeneration, and restoration.

Thomas H. Epps, III

Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Research: New polymers

The endowed professorship, funded by UD alumnus Thomas Gutshall and his wife, Kipp, rewards exceptional young faculty. Unlike senior endowed chairs, the designation may rotate among young faculty periodically, depending upon need. It is the University’s first “career development” faculty chair and intended for a teacher/scholar at the assistant or associate professor level.

Hui Fang

David L. and Beverly J. C. Mills Career Development Chair
Computer and Information Systems

Research: Text information management, text mining and bioinformatics.

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.

Donald C. Phillips Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering

Research: Advanced omposite materials

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 earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and went on to lead an accomplished career as a construction engineer.

Chin-Pao Huang

Donald C. Phillips Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research: Industrial wastewater management, aquatic chemistry, chemical oxidation technologies.

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 earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and went on to lead an accomplished career as a construction engineer.

Kristi L. Kiick

Blue & Gold Distinguished Professor
Materials Science & Engineering

Research: Synthesis, characterization, and application of protein, peptide, and self-assembled materials for applications in tissue engineering, drug delivery, and bioengineering, with specific research in cardiovascular, vocal fold, and cancer therapies. 

James T. Kirby

Edward C. Davis Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research: Applied coastal research, currents, wave conditions, nearshore oceanography.

This professorship honors the late Edward C. Davis, who graduated from then-Delaware College 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

Unidel Dan Rich Chair in Energy

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

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Research: Molecular beam epitaxy, hyperbolic metamaterials, topological insulator plasmonics

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 Lee

Gore Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research: Gene expression monitoring tools, including mass spectrometry, for the measurement of protein expression relevant to the pharmaceutical and chemical industries and to human health.

This professorship honors the Gore family, including Trustee 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 also was 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

Allan P. Colburn Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Research: Applied protein biophysics, separation processes and colloid and interface science.

This professorship honors Allan P. Colburn, a nationally prominent chemical engineer who was chairman of UD’s Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. Colburn also served as acting president of the University in 1950 and provost from 1950 until his death in 1955.

Raul F. Lobo

Claire D. LeClaire Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Research Inorganic materials synthesis and characterization, catalysis and kinetics, and adsorption and separations.

This 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

Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering

Research: Polymer-based solar cells, neutron and x-ray scattering, rheological characterization, nanocomposites, nanoparticle self-assembly.

This professorship recognizes deserving senior members of the UD faculty.

David C. Martin

Karl W. and Renate Böer Chaired Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering

Research – Materials via self assembly, Microelectronics/photonics, Nanotechnology, New biomaterials, Tissue Engineering

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 L. Meehan

Bentley Systems Incorporated Chair of Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering

Research: Geothermal energy techniques

This term chair is funded through a generous gift from Bentley Systems, Inc., an Exton, Pa., software firm founded in 1984 by brothers Keith Bentley, a 1980 UD graduate with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and Barry Bentley, a 1978 UD graduate with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Founded in 1984, Bentley has 3,000 colleagues in more than 45 countries, over $500 million in annual revenues, and, since 2001, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Babatunde Ogunnaike

William L. Friend Chair of Chemical Engineering

Research: Process dynamics, modeling and control.

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.

Eleftherios T. Papoutsakis

Unidel Eugene du Pont Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research: Systems biology, metabolic engineering, and experimental and computational genomics.

This chair honors Eugene du Pont, who served as the fourth president of the DuPont Co. from 1889-1902. The Eugene du Pont Distinguished Memorial Scholars program, funded by a Unidel Foundation endowment and supporting highly qualified incoming freshmen, also is named in his honor.

Lori Pollock

Alumni Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Sciences

Research: Program analysis for building better software maintenance tools, optimizing compilers for modern computer architectures and software testing.

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

Ajay K. Prasad

College of Engineering Alumni Distinguished Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Research: Applying fundamental fluids and thermal physics at the component and systems levels

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 Prather

College of Engineering Alumni Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research: The development of micro-, meso- and nano-photonic devices, applied optics and electromagnetic research, and imaging technologies in the millimeter-wave (mmW) part of the spectrum.

This named professorship is supported by an endowment fund established by alumni in 2004 to assist in attracting and retaining the best and brightest talent in engineering education and research.

John F. Rabolt

Karl W. and Renate Böer Professor of Materials Science Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering

Research: Electrospun polymer nanofibers, tissue engineering scaffolds, nanostructures.

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 1962-94. In 1987, the University established the Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit in his honor. He was awarded UD’s Medal of Distinction in 1998.

Stanley I. Sandler

Henry Belin du Pont Chair of Chemical Engineering

Research: Thermodynamics, bioseparation, environmental engineering.

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.

Dionisios G. Vlachos

Allan and Myra Ferguson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Research: Multiscale simulation, reacting flows, reaction mechanism development, microreactors, portable power, energy, crystal growth, nanomaterials, zeolites, membranes, separations, cellular engineering and cancer.

This professorship was established in 2015 with a gift from UD alumni Allan and Myra. Allan Ferguson 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 Wagner

Unidel Robert L. Pigford Chair in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Research: Fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, molecular thermodynamics.

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.

Cathy Huey-Hwa Wu

Unidel Edward G. Jefferson Chair in Engineering and Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences

Research: bioinformatics and computational systems biology
The Unidel 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

Charles Black Evans Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research: Wireless communications systems, space-time coding, time-frequency analysis, and other signal and image processing.

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 Mr. Evans and his father George C. Evans, a member of the Board of Trustees from 1856 until 1904.

Yushan Yan

Distinguished Professor of Engineering

Research: Using nanomaterials to solve problems in energy engineering, environmental sustainability and electronics

The College of Engineering Distinguished Professorship originated in the 1960s as the Hawthorne Professorship, named for Howard S. Hawthorne and funded through a DuPont Co. engineering department employee voluntary endowment. The endowment has received additional gifts over the years and expanded into the current professorship.