1984-85 › Neal Amundson
7th Farfel Recipient
Department of Chemical Engineering
Cullen Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Mathematics
Cullen College of Engineering
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Neal
R. Amundson received a masters degree in chemical engineering
and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Minnesota.
After taking his degree, Professor Amundson remained at the University
of Minnesota, teaching both chemical engineering and mathematics.
In 1949 he became head of the department of chemical engineering.
It was a post he was to retain for the next 25 years, relinquishing
it a short time before he joined the University of Houstons
chemical engineering department in 1977.
Professor Amundsons honors and awards
are legion. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences,
the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences. He was the first recipient and namesake of the
Neal R. Amundson Award, given by the International Society of Chemical
Reaction Engineering in 1996. Professor Amundson has published six
books and almost 200 scholarly articles. He has also been awarded
four honorary doctorates. The most dramatic symbol of his many successes,
however, is undoubtedly Amundson Hall, the University of Minnesotas
chemical engineering building, which was named in his honor in 1982.
What does Professor Amundson treasure
most in his long and distinguished career? His answer bespeaks the
dedication characteristic of those professors who receive the Esther
Farfel Award: The highlights of my career lie in having some
very successful students, he explains. He takes great delight
in keeping in touch with as many of his former students as possible,
adding, Theyre like your own children.