The John L. Anderson Distinguished Lecture Series in Chemical Engineering brings celebrated and influential chemical engineering researchers to Carnegie Mellon's campus.
In its third year, the annual event featured Kathleen J. Stebe, the Richer and Elizabeth Goodwin Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, who presented "Physically Intelligent Colloidal Systems." Stebe earned her B.A. in Economics from the City College of New York before pursuing her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the Levich Institute. After a post-doctoral year in Compiegne, France, she joined the Johns Hopkins University Department of Chemical Engineering, rising to the rank of professor and chair. She has been recognized as a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the Radcliffe Institute, and is a member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. Stebe's research focuses on directed assembly in soft matter and at fluid interfaces, with an emphasis on confinement, geometry, and emergent structures for novel functional materials.
The lecture series is named to honor the accomplishments of former Carnegie Mellon University Professor of Chemical Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering, John L. Anderson, who has made a significant impact on the field through research and his many roles in academic leadership around the country. Dr. Anderson currently serves as President of the National Academy of Engineering.