Michael F. Doherty, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Department Chair at the University of California Santa Barbara, was our lecturer this year for the 43rd Annual Donald L. Katz Lectureship in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Doherty presented two lectures during the event on February 14 and 15. His first lecture was titled “Crystals Are Like People: Growth and Defects Are What Make Them Interesting,” and his second lecture was on “Rapid Process Design: Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff.”
Dr. Doherty’s research interests include process systems engineering with particular emphasis on crystal engineering, and separation with chemical reaction. In 2008, he was named one of the “One Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era (post-1945) by the AIChE.
The dinner and lecture were held this year in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library on North Campus. The department also honored faculty for their many achievements this year, and recognized the PhD students who are graduating this year.