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Covestro Distinguished Lecture Series

The Covestro Distinguished Lectureship (a continuation of the Bayer Distinguished Lectureship) is presented annually by the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and recognizes excellence in chemical education, outreach and research. The lecture is sponsored by Covestro LLC, a world-leading supplier of high-tech polymer materials.


2019 Covestro Distinguished Lecturer

Julio M. Ottino, Distinguished R.R. McCormick Institute Professor, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Dean, Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Northwestern University


Thursday, April 4, 2019

5:00 PM Benedum 102

When Art, Technology, and Science Were One: Why They Split, and Why They May Join Again

There was a time before science and technology were known by those names. Art, technology, and science formed a continuum, and the modes of thinking enriched each other. The 16th century has many examples of cooperative enterprises between scientists and artists; Galileo Galilei may be clearest case of Italian Renaissance art affecting the course of science. Galileo is also associated with birth of the scientific method, and the scientific method changed everything: science broke company with art, and mixing imagery with analytical thinking became suspect (at least by some). This view is far too narrow -- visual imagination is a central element of scientific imagination. This talk will cover the links between art, technology, and science through time, starting when people had a foot in two camps and when new technologies appeared and the scientific basics of those technologies were still evolving, until reaching examples of the present time. It closes with lessons that can be transferred across domains.


Friday, April 5, 2019

9:30AM Benedum 102

The Evolution of Mixing: From Stretching and Folding to Cutting and Shuffling; Parallels, Divergences, and Lessons

The birth of mixing of fluids and some of the first incursions into granular matter and segregation offer valuable insights and lessons. These two topics developed in wildly different ways and serve as examples of the power of couching ideas in mathematical formalisms, but also of the challenges that ensue when a general formalism is elusive. We present an array of results, spanning fluid mixing at one extreme and granular matter and segregation at the other. Examples cover vibration, surface flow, segregation, and pattern formation, and serve to illustrate how fundamental work can affect fields as far apart as multiple branches of engineering and geophysical sciences.


Dr. Julio M. Ottino is currently dean of the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University and holds the titles of Distinguished Robert R. McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Previously, he was chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and founding co-director of the Northwestern Institute for Complex Systems. Ottino received his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota and held positions at UMass/Amherst and chaired and senior appointments at Caltech and Stanford.

Ottino’s research has appeared on the covers of Nature, Science, Scientific American, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, and other publications and has impacted fields as diverse as fluid dynamics, granular dynamics, microfluidics, geophysical sciences, and nonlinear dynamics and chaos. A recipient of many awards in the field, Ottino was previously recognized by AIChE with the Alpha Chi Sigma Award, the William H. Walker Award, the Institute Lecture, and was named one of the "100 Chemical Engineering of the Modern Era." He was awarded the Fluid Dynamics Prize from the American Physical Society. In 2017, Ottino was awarded the Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education from the National Academy of Engineering, the nation’s highest award for engineering education, for the development of Whole-Brain Engineering at Northwestern. He is a member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


2018

Dr. George Whitesides
Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

2017

Dr. Matthew Tirrell
Dean and Founding Pritzker Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory

2016

Dr. Gábor A. Somorjai
Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Faculty Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

2015

Dr. Kristi S. Anseth
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of Colorado-Boulder

2014

Dr. Jens K. Norskov
Leland T. Edwards Professor of Chemical Engineering
Stanford University

2013

Dr. Jay D. Keasling
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of California-Berkeley

2012

Dr. Arup Chakraborty
Robert T. Haslam Professor of Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2011

Dr. James A. Dumesic
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of Wisconsin – Madison

2010

Dr. Jacob Israelachvili
Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

2009

Dr. Robert E. Cohen
St. Laurent Professor of Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2008

Dr. Douglas C. Cameron
Chief Scientific Officer, Khosla Ventures
Menlo Park, California

2007

Dr. Paul T. Anastas
Professor in the Practice of Green Chemistry, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Yale University

2005

Ms. Linda J. Fisher
Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
DuPont

2003

Dr. Buddy D. Ratner
Washington Research Foundation Endowed Professor of Bioengineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering
Director, University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials (UWEB)

2002

Dr. David A. Weitz
Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics
Harvard University

2001

Dr. Mildred S. Dresselhaus
Institute Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2000

Dr. Nicholas Peppas
Showalter Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Purdue University

1999

Dr. John Deutch
Institute Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1998

Dr. Mary L. Good
Managing Member
Venture Capital Investors, LLC

1997

Dr. L. E. Scriven
Regents' Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
University of Minnesota

1996

Dr. David Tirrell
Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering
University of Massachusetts

1995

Dr. Keith E. Gubbins
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Cornell University

1994

Dr. John H. Seinfeld
Louis E. Nohl Professor
California Institute of Technology

1993

Dr. Mark E. Davis
Professor of Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology

1992

Dr. Robert S. Langer
Kenneth J. Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology