Mark A. Barteau, the director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute and a professor in Chemical Engineering Department, was installed as the inaugural DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research on April 25 at the Lurie Engineering Center. He presented a lecture titled “Perspectives on Energy & Catalysis.” Before the lecture was delivered, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, David Munson, and Stephen Forrest, the U-M Vice President for Research, spoke about Dr. Barteau’s remarkable career and thanked DTE Energy for their generous gift to create the Professorship, as well as their ongoing support of the University. Fred Shell, vice president of Corporate and Government Affairs, and president of the DTE Energy Foundation, spoke on behalf of the Foundation and accepted the professorship medal presented to the Foundation by the College of Engineering. We were also honored to have several DTE Energy employees, a number of whom are UM alumni, attend the ceremony.
The DTE Energy Foundation is the first corporate foundation to endow a professorship in the department. DTE Energy, a major energy company in Michigan, believes strongly in the value of investing in cutting-edge sustainable energy research to secure our world’s energy future. As a regional energy provider they are particularly committed to helping local institutions, like the University of Michigan, thrive. The company has a strong partnership with the College and the University and is a popular employer for Michigan graduates. DTE Energy employee and Chemical Engineering alumnus, Sharon (Tavery) Pfeuffer (BSE ’84), chief engineer, Fossil Generation, recently joined the ChE Alumni Board.
The new professorship is further catalyzing the collaborative relationship with DTE Energy. Shortly after Barteau arrived last fall, DTE Energy hosted him, ChE Chair Mark Burns, Dean Munson, and other U-M leaders at a reception at the Detroit Athletic Club to celebrate Barteau’s appointment to the DTE Energy Professorship and introduce DTE Energy Foundation and corporate executives. To further build connections between the College and DTE Energy, Barteau, Burns, and Nuclear Engineering Chair Ronald Gilgenbach were invited to update U-M engineering alumni at DTE Energy about the current research and future plans of the Michigan Energy Institute (Barteau), and the Departments of Chemical Engineering (Burns), and Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (Gilgenbach).
The Chemical Engineering department values engagement with industry to advance research that is relevant to society’s needs and to prepare students for productive careers. We thank DTE Energy and DTE Energy Foundation for their commitment to partnership.
Barteau, with (l/r) Mark Burns, Steve Forrest, Fred Shell, and Dean Munson in photo to the right.
Thanks to Susan Shields, Senior Director Corporate and Foundation Relations, for information about the partnership between the University & the DTE Energy Foundation.
All photos taken by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography