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MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (06/14/2013) – University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Professor Timothy P. Lodge has been named a Regents Professor by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. This designation is the highest level of recognition given to faculty members at the University of Minnesota. Formal recognition by the Board of Regents is scheduled for September.
Lodge is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. He is a renowned polymer scientist, whose scholarly reputation is far-reaching and international. He has served the University of Minnesota with distinction for three decades with an outstanding record of research, teaching, and service.
“Tim is well-deserving of this high honor, which recognizes his extraordinary contributions to science, education, and service to the larger community. His record of accomplishment is simply amazing,” said William B. Tolman, chair of the Department of Chemistry.
Lodge is one of the most productive, innovative, and influential polymer scientists in the world, focusing his research on the structure and dynamics of polymeric systems. He has published more than 300 papers on his innovative and groundbreaking research. Lodge has developed a laboratory at the University of Minnesota containing a powerful and innovative array of experimental tools, which is truly second to none in scope and which has allowed him to be one of the most productive and influential polymer scientists in the world. Potential applications of his work include improved delivery of medicines within the body, solution viscosity modification, and nanostructure templating.
A sought-after teacher and adviser, Lodge is an outstanding classroom instructor who created the popular Polymer Physical Chemistry course. Lodge has advised and trained more than 100 students and post-doctoral associates who are heavily recruited by industry or who have attained faculty positions at prestigious institutions.
Lodge's service to science does not end in the classroom or laboratory. He has served in many leadership roles for the Department of Chemistry and the College of Science and Engineering, including serving as director of Materials Research and Science Engineering Center (MRSEC) and leading one of its interdisciplinary research groups focused on polymer research, and coordinating the microstructures polymers group for the universities Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering (IPRIME). As editor-in-chief of Macromolecules, he oversees the processing of 3,000 manuscripts annually, and coordinates the efforts of 13 associate editors. He also launched a new journal, ACS (American Chemical Society) Macro Letters. He has chaired and organized many meetings and national conferences, and has served as a leader on the executive committee for the American Physical Society Polymer Division.
He has received many accolades for his research and teaching, including some of the top honors at the University of Minnesota such as the Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Award (2012), CSE Distinguished Professorship (2004), and Distinguished McKnight University Professorship (2001). His contributions have also been recognized by external awards and invited lectureships, including the Minnesota Award-American Chemical Society Minnesota Section (2012), Turner Alfrey Visiting Professorship (2011), and International Scientist Award from the Society of Polymer Science Japan (2009). Lodge was recognized as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2010) and the Association for the Advancement of Science (2009). He has been awarded two of the most prestigious international awards in the demanding fields of both polymer physics and polymer chemistry—the American Physical Society Polymer Physics Prize (2004) and the American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry (2009). Few scientists in the world have claimed both of these prizes.
Lodge earned his bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Harvard, and his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a National Research Council post-doctoral research associate at the National Bureau of Standards, and joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota in 1982. He also joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) in 1995, and became director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) in 2005.
Lodge is the third current Regents Professor in the Department of Chemistry, joining honorees Lawrence Que Jr., and Donald Truhlar, and also the third current Regents Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science along with Frank Bates and Lanny Schmidt.
The Regents Professor position was established in 1965 by the Board of Regents to recognize the national and international prominence of faculty members. It serves as the highest recognition for faculty who have made unique contributions to the quality of the University of Minnesota through exceptional accomplishments in teaching, research and scholarship or creative work, and contributions to the public good.