By establishing this fund, AIChE wishes to support the chemical engineering profession by supporting the education of future chemical engineers. The AIChE gift established an endowment fund that will provide scholarships to students with financial need in the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Marvin (ChemE '63) and Christine Ballard established this scholarship in 2014 to support undergraduate students in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Marvin attributes his professional success at Chevron Corporation to the educational preparation he received in the prestigious Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota.
The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to students at the University. Frank and Janis both believe in education and the rising cost of attendance has motivated them to create this scholarship. Other donors may make gifts to this fund at any time. Special consideration will be given to applicants who meet the following selection criteria: full-time undergraduate students in their junior/senior year who are studying Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and are enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering. The award may be renewable provided the recipient demonstrates satisfactory progress toward a degree.
This scholarship was created in memory of Norris Brand who passed away November 26, 2016. Both Norris and Laurie had connections to the University. Norris graduated in 1975 with his Chemical Engineering degree. Laurie retired from working at the University of Minnesota in 2012 after 31 years in various departments. Norris worked for General Mills Chemicals, Henkel AG & Co., & HB Fuller as a process engineer. His career took him across the globe and afforded many experiences including construction of an adhesives plant in Nanjing, China from the ground up, and allowed him to mentor many junior engineers. While working for Henkel AG & Co., Norris, Laurie and their two children (Tony and Jenny) lived in Cork, Ireland for a year while Norris put chemical processes into Henkel's Cork plant. Norris loved chemical engineering and after retiring started a consulting business. His chemical engineering degree allowed him and our family many wonderful experiences.<br> <br> This scholarship will provide financial support to students enrolled at the University of Minnesota who are full-time, undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering, studying chemical engineering, and demonstrate financial need.
Understanding the importance of giving students an education that prepares them for the modern world, Gene and Sharon Brumm established this scholarship to support chemical engineering students in the College of Science and Engineering. The fund is primarily intended to support students who graduated from a Minnesota high school outside the metro area, especially a high school in Houston, Fillmore, Freeborn, Mower, or Olmsted County, with additional preference for students who participate in the U of M Marching Band.
Raul Caretta is a graduate of the department, earning his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering under the guidance of Regents Professor Lanny Schmidt and has taught the chemical engineering lab course in CEMS for the past 20 years. The Caretta Scholarship will be used to support chemical engineering and materials science undergraduate students who are residents of Minnesota and began their undergraduate studies as freshman at the University of Minnesota. The scholarship will be awarded based on achievements of academic merit.
An anonymous family whose lives have been impacted by CEMS has established this scholarship, which will provide awards to up to two students per year, covering more than one-third of tuition costs. Thanks to this generous commitment, this scholarship will ensure that the department's 100-year-old legacy of excellence in chemical engineering education will benefit future students for generations to come.
Dr. Chen was born in I-Lan City (Yilan), Taiwan and graduated from National Cheng Kung University in Tainan City with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He chose to attend the University of Minnesota for graduate school based on the strength of the program in Metallurgical Engineering and its emphasis on the emerging field of Materials Science. Dr. Chen feels very fortunate to have worked for his advisor, Professor John M. Sivertsen, as he was able to obtain valuable background in materials science, solid state physics, and in science of magnetic materials. This served him well in his career at IBM, Northrop and Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, In 1983, he founded Komag Inc. to manufacture thin film magnetic media and achieved a great deal of success in business and in advancing the technology for increasing the recording density of magnetic media in hard disk drives. In recognition of the support from the University and from Professor Sivertsen that allowed Dr. Chen and his family to pursue their American dream, the Chen's would like to fund this scholarship. Special consideration will be given to undergraduate students wishing to pursue graduate school for materials science and engineering.
The Cossette Family Scholarship was established in loving memory of Thomas Clayton Cossette who passed away on April 21, 2019. Tom was always a Golden Gopher fan, and the family has many fond memories of tailgating at Gopher football games together. He was an engineer at heart, known as someone who could literally fix or build anything. Tom is remembered as a loving husband and father, and he is credited with inspiring and encouraging his daughter Betsy to become an engineer. Betsy earned her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2010. Betsy with the support of her family has established the Cossette Family Scholarship to help students pursue their academic goals through the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. The scholarship is intended to support students pursuing a career in cancer research or treatment, medical research, medical technology, and/or medicine. The family's hope is that future medical advances will allow people living with cancer and other chronic illnesses to win their battles and enjoy longer, healthier lives. It is a pleasure to support the younger generations in this endeavor.
Thomas Cummins graduated in 1964 with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. He decided to create this award because he is very grateful for the education he received here. In celebration of his 70th birthday he gave away $70,000, and a portion of that gift was used to establish this scholarship. Tom’s community service is ministering to prison inmates on death row.
Christie Geankoplis graduated form the University of Minnesota in 1943 with a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering. After graduation he obtained a M.S. in 1946 and Ph.D. in 1949 from the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently had a career as a professor and researcher at Ohio State University. Professor Geankoplis has authored numerous books and publications as well as designed numerous experiments for the Unit Operations Laboratory at the University. After retiring from Ohio State University, Professor Geankoplis returned to his alma mater in 1983 to work as Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota specially to teach the Unit Operations Laboratory. Geankoplis's book "Transport Processes & Separation Process Principles (Includes Unit Operations) 4th edition, 2003" is one of the most widely used and respected textbooks in the field. In 2005, Geankoplis established the Christie John Geankoplis Scholarship Fund, an endowment fund that will provide scholarships to meritorious, full-time students with financial need in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. By establishing this fund, Christie Geankoplis wished to celebrate his dedication for the unit operations lab within the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, his love for the numerous students who have worked on the many experiments he has designed over the years and his desire to support the very department in which he obtained his undergraduate degree.
Jerry and Leona Hillestad established this scholarship to support chemical engineering students. Jerry was born in North Dakota, but spent most of his early years in the Twin Cities area where he graduated from Sibley High School. He spent his career with ExxonMobil, working mainly as a reservoir engineer. After graduating in 1960 from the esteemed Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, he attended graduate school at Purdue University and received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering. Jerry's late wife Leona was from St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1958 with an associate's degree in dental hygiene. The Hillestads are grateful for the education they received at the University of Minnesota and hope this scholarship will inspire students in their chemical engineering education.
This scholarship is administered by the College of Science and Engineering. The son of a family with modest means from Pine County, Minnesota Rich began his college career at Hamline University as they offered him a scholarship. He later transferred prior to his junior year to the University of Minnesota because of his interest in chemical engineering. Rich obtained a BS in chemical engineering in 1966. After graduation Rich worked for 3M for 39 years in project engineering, manufacturing and reuse sales and application. His wife Judy, the daughter of a widowed mother of six, obtained a BS in Education from St. Cloud State in 1961. The Hokanson's have two children and two grandchildren. Rich's two brothers, three of Judy's siblings abd two nephews are U of MN alumni - five of whom hold degrees from the College of Science and Engineering. The Richard & Judy Hokanson Scholarship was established in 2007 and is specifically for students from Hinkley High School located in Hinkley, Minnesota who demonstrate financial need. If there are not students coming to the College of Sceince and Engineering from Hinkley High School, then a student in the College from Pine County will be considered for the scholarship.
The Bobbie Huston Cronquist Scholarship was created by Bobbie Huston Cronquist and is awarded annually to one female student majoring in Chemical Engineering. The student must be meritorious in class work and involved in community service. (Bobbie BS '47 Chemical Engineering)
The Archie B. Japs Scholarship was created by Archie B. Japs before his death in 2003 through his estate. The scholarship is awarded annually, based on merit and financial need, to one third-year student majoring in Chemical Engineering. Archie graduted from the department with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1933.
Lee Jones graduated with her bachelor's of chemical engineering degree in 1979 and went on to earn a Minnesota Executive Program certificate from the Carlson School of Management in 1995. She has had a successful career fueled by her chemical engineering degree, and she and her husband, Blaine, wanted to give others the opportunity to benefit from that education, as she has done.
Thomas "Tom" P. Kempf was born in Buffalo, New York and came to Minnesota in 1968 because his father worked for Pillsbury. Tom attended Cooper High School in New Hope, Minnesota. After graduating from the esteemed Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science (CEMS) in 1978 he went to work for Conwed Corporation, a small pulp and paper related company in St. Paul. In 1984 Tom accepted a position at the specialty chemical group of Henkel Corporation, which was the old General Mills Chemical Company. Henkel moved their research group out of state and Tom left for The Pillsbury Co. in 1986. He has continued with Pillsbury through several ownership changes, finally becoming part of General Mills in 2001. Currently Tom is a Research Director in Process and Product Technology which is part of the Gtech group in R & D. While working full time, Tom received a Masters Degree in 1986 from the CEMS department under the direction of Klavs Jensen (currently Department Head at MIT). Also, in 2003, while working full-time, he obtained a PhD in Food Science Chemistry under the advisement of Ted Labuza from the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences. Earning a graduate degree in food science was a long- term goal of Tom's. His thesis project looked at how dough is formed when sheeted. Tom had this to say about creating a scholarship for chemical engineering undergraduates, "my desire in funding this is to make it possible for a student in good standing to continue in Chemical Engineering. I know all of the areas in IT are important, but CemE is where my allegiance is. We need good chemical engineers if we are ever going to solve the energy challenges, water shortages and pretty much any other problem I can think of."
This scholarship was established by Adeline R. Krake, in memory of her husband, Kenneth V. Krake. Adeline's motivation for establishing the fund is to provide scholarships to students in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Adeline wishes to carry out her husband's desire to assist needy students in obtaining a quality education at the University of Minnesota, for which he was always grateful.
Lois Hamilton Fuller established this fund in 2001 as a memorial to her late husband, Dr. Donald Leask Fuller. Dr. Fuller, who received his bachelor's degree in 1929 and his PhD in 1933 had a distinguished career which included serving as Chief Science Liaison to the American Embassy in India.
Vincent Leung graduated from the esteemed department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science at the University of Minnesota in 1973. After graduation he obtained a M. Sc. from California Institute of Technology. Vincent believes that the only reason he was able to obtain his undergraduate degree was because he received various scholarships from the University and wishes to establish the Vincent K. Leung Scholarship to enable others to get the same opportunity in the future. Recipients of this award must be chemical engineering or materials science majors. Special consideration will be given to applicants who meet the following selection criteria: students in their junior or senior year of study who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the United States or in the United States lawfully on a non-temporary basis (such as refugees or asylees). Students should express meritorious achievement and financial need, but more weight will be placed on financial need as this scholarship seeks to assist a student who could not obtain an education without a scholarship. This scholarship is renewable.
The Charles A. Mann Award Fund was established by William E. Lundquist (BS '34) and classmate Court Agre (BS '34) to award scholarships to outstanding seniors in the department in honor of the late Charles A. Mann. Since inception this fund has grown exponentially thanks to support of numerous alumni and friends of the department. Mann is remembered by many alumni of the 1930 and 1940's as a gentle, kind "father like" professor. Each year, based on the amount available from the endowment, the top 5-7 seniors in the department as determined by grade point average are selected as Mann Award recipients and given a $1,000 scholarship. Alumni are encouraged and invited to contribute to this general scholarship fund at any time.
The Joan Mattern Scholarship was given in memory and honor of the late Joan Mattern by her husband CEMS alumni Robert V. Mattern. The Mattern scholarship is given to one undergraduate student based on need and merit. (Bob '44 BS, '52 PhD Chemical Engineering.)
Joseph Matula made this gift to establish an undergraduate scholarship for a chemical engineering student because he believes that it is important that qualified students should have the opportunity to enroll in the Chemical Engineering Program at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Matula received his BChE from the University of Minnesota in 1967 and an MS (ChE) from the University of Illinois in 1969. He has had a successful 45 year career with ExxonMobil which he believes is attributable to the strong education background that he obtained.<br> <br> To provide financial assistance to students and to be eligible for consideration, the students shall be: a) full-time, b) undergraduate students, c) enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering, d) studying Chemical Engineering, e) able to demonstrate financial need and academic merit. Preference will be given for students who are in their junior year of study and have a minimum GPA of 3.2. Additional preference will be given for students who will contribute to student body diversity. In evaluating student body diversity, a plus factor will be given to female students if they are underrepresented in the University or in the applicable major or program at the time of the award.
John S. Mendesh (ChemE '79, MBA '84) established the Mendesh Family Scholarship for chemical engineering and materials science students. John credits his professional success to the experiences he had as a chemical engineering undergraduate student and as an Evans Scholar while on campus. He hopes that this scholarship will help students pursue their dreams through the College of Science and Engineering.
Athos J. Monti graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering in 1949 and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management in 1967. He spent his career at General Mills. With a longstanding commitment to the University of Minnesota, Athos's son Joe ('78) and brother Dario ('52) are also alumni of the department. Special consideration will be given to applicants who meet the following selection criteria: full time students; undergraduate students in their senior year of study; enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering; studying Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; demonstrate a high level of financial need; from the geographical area known as the Iron Range (defined as the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis in the state of Minnesota; graduated from Hibbing High School located in Hibbing, MN. If there are no applicants from Hibbing High School, then students who graduated from high schools near Hibbing, MN or within the state of Minnesota will be considered.
Mr. Maxwell Akplehe Ocansey established this scholarship in 2014, and it is administered by the College of Science and Engineering. Ocansey received his master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1980, having studied previously at the University of Leeds, England. Upon completion of his graduate education, Ocansey went to work with ExxonMobil and rose to become a senior executive in the refining and supply company. Originally from Ghana, Ocansey was the recipient of scholarships when he attended the University of Minnesota, so he established this scholarship in 2014 to promote diversity and help engineering students of need and merit attain college degrees.
Ed Remus grew up in Virginia, on the Iron Range of Minnesota. After attending Virginia Junior College, he transferred to the esteemed Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota with an Alworth Scholarship. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in chemical engineering in 1965. After graduation Ed joined Sinclair Research as a research chemical engineer, and later attended law school at DePaul University in Chicago. He then spent his career working in patent law, first with Universal Oil Products in DesPlaines, IL, and, since 1971, in private practice specializing in patent litigation. Ed has been recognized as one of the world's leading patent law experts. Ed met Cora when she was practicing as a registered nurse at the University of Minnesota Hospital. Ed and Cora believe in education and have supported the University of Minnesota for over 25 years. Their primary motivation for endowing this scholarship is to give students from the Iron Range the same opportunities that Ed received, enabling him to acquire his undergraduate education and to discover a world south of Duluth. Special consideration will be given to applicants who meet the following selection criteria: Chemical Engineering majors in their junior or senior year; evident financial need; from the Iron Range of Minnesota or attended high school on the Iron Range. If there are no applicants from the Iron Range, then students from Minnesota with financial need will be considered.
Zsolt and Mary Rumy are committed to the transformative power of education, a belief which stems from Zsolt's own experience as a chemical engineering student at the University of Minnesota. Zsolt Rumy and his family fled his native Hungary when he was 14 years old, immigrating to Minnesota. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the U of M in 1966, and in 1975 founded Zoltek Corporation, a successful international carbon fiber company whose legacy of innovation and disruption transformed the entire carbon fiber industry.<br> <br> In 2019 to mark the Centennial and Jubilee of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS), Zsolt and Mary Rumy were inspired to endow the Zsolt Rumy CEMS Centennial Scholarship with the goal of supporting junior and senior undergraduate students whose interest in the disciplines of chemical engineering and materials science are complemented by their individual drive to innovate and pursue an entrepreneurial career path.
Jeff graduated from the esteemed Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) in 1970 with his BsC degree, 1974 with a Master of Science degree, and 1978 with his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Jeff was advised on his PhD thesis by Professor Bill Ranz. Pat received a full tuition scholarship to attend the university and graduated from the College of Human Ecology in 1972 with a degree in Home Economics. Upon graduating from the University Jeff worked in industry for 25 years eventually returning to CEMS as a Professor. Pat worked at Multi Foods. Since Jeff and Pat worked their way through college their motivation for establishing this scholarship is to help someone in the same position and to provide opportunities for others seeking a degree in chemical engineering. Special consideration will be given to applicants who meet the following criteria: full-time, undergraduate students in their junior or senior year of study who are enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering who demonstrate financial need and attended high school in Minnesota. The award may be renewable provided that the recipient demonstrates satisfactory progress toward a degree.
Rosalie Dinkey established the Rosalie Sperling Dinkey Scholarship fund in 2007 to commemorate her 80th birthday and her 60 years since graduation. Rosalie (Sperling) Dinkey obtained her degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota's world renowned chemical engineering department in 1948. She remembers the 1940's as a time when there were few non-military men on campus. Rosalie originally began her University studies as a chemistry major and later decided she liked math and decided to major in chemical engineering. After graduation, Rosalie enjoyed diverse work experiences with Hanford Nuclear Plant, Sylvania, SRI, Hewlett Packard and even found herself teaching mathematics for three years.
Donald M. Sullivan created the Donald M. & R. Patricia Sullivan Scholarship Fund to enable others to benefit from the broad education he experienced in the Chemical Engineering Department at a time when it was growing in breadth and depth under the leadership of Neal Amundson. Don obtained his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota's world renowned chemical engineering department in 1958 while simultaneously receiving a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from what is today the Carlson School of Business Management. Don credits his education with enabling him to experience a varied career; first with Union Carbide (organic chemicals), then Rosemount Incorporated (process control instrumentation) and finally as CEO and Chairman of MTS Systems Corporation (mechanical simulation/testing and material science).
University graduates Sheldon (ChE '60, M.S. '62) and Karen (Phy Ed '61)Thompson established this fund to provide scholarships for students studying chemical engineering at the College of Science and Engineering, particularly those with backgrounds or experiences that have been historically underrepresented at the University and in the chemical engineering program.
This scholarship is administered by the College of Science and Engineering. Terry Vacek graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. Terry decided to create this scholarship in honor of his Father James Stanley Vacek. The James Stanley Vacek Memorial Scholarship is for incoming students who show academic promise and are interested in persuing degrees in chemical engineering.
Kenneth and Kathryn Valentas established this scholarship in 2014 to encourage graduates from Trinity School at River Ridge to pursue quality education through the College of Science and Engineering and particularly chemical engineering. Kenneth and Kathryn are both graduates of the "U" and have benefited considerably from their educational experiences. The University of Minnesota was, and continues to be, a significant factor in their lives.
Raymond A. Voet (1931-2014) retired from the U.S. Bureau of Mines, conducting scientific research and disseminating information on the extraction, processing, use, and conservation of iron ore. A lifetime member of Mensa, as well as the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented, Ray was also active in Toastmasters. Together, with his surviving sister, Mary Ann Bower, and brothers Richard and Leo Voet, Raymond and his family established this scholarship to support students pursuing chemical engineering and chemistry at the University of Minnesota.
This scholarship was established by the family of Ray E. Wheeler, Jr. ('49) and is administered by the College of Science and Engineering. This scholarship will provide funds to new, full-time undergraduate students in the College of Science and Engineering with a preference for students with an interest in Chemical Engineering.
This scholarship is administered by the College of Science and Engineering. Lloyd White graduted from the department and obtained a BS in 1959 and PhD in 1967. He pursued a successful career in industrial reserach and development spanning 37 years including 20 years at 3M Company. Lloyd is now an adjunct faculty member in the department. Carol graduated from CLA with a BS in German in 1959 and from CEHD with a BS in Education in 1985. Lloyd's family could not afford to educate him and he credits the scholarships he received from the University of Minneosta with making his education and subsequent career possible. The White Scholarship is intended for new students coming to the College of Science & Engineering who demonstrate financial need and show academic promise.
Barb & Dave are both originally from Minnesota. Barb attended Columbia Heights High School and Dave attended Hill-Murray. The two met at the University of Minnesota when Barb was working as a peer advisor and Dave was transferring from St. Thomas where he spent his first two years of college. They graduated from the esteemed Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science (CEMS) in 1978, were married in 1979 and attended graduate school together at the University of Wisconsin Madison where they obtained PhD's in chemical engineering. Barbara began her career with General Mills and HB Fuller, then taught unit operations lab in CEMS and short courses at 3M, HB Fuller, and Ecolab, with a brief stint as an assistant professor at the University of St. Thomas in the Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department. Since 2002 Barbara has been teaching science at Hill-Murray School. David has spent his career at 3M where he is credited with creating a solventless process for making masking tape. They have three children and are active in their church and community including Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, music ministry, and politics.
Phil (ChE '64) and Sue Zietlow established this fund to help U of M students gain the same kind of academic, teamwork, and leadership skills that Phil gained during his time as U of M student and member of the Marching Band. The fund provides scholarships to qualifying undergraduates in the College of Science and Engineering who are majoring in chemical engineering or materials science, with special preference for students in the U of M Marching Band, or who have received the Gold Award from the Girl Scouts or earned the rank of Eagle Scout from Scouting BSA.
The Paula Zoromski Scholarship was given in loving memory by the family of the late Paula Zoromski who passed away August 6, 2009. Paula was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and received her chemical engineering degree in 1991. The Zoromski Scholarship is intended to support a women who is a junior or senior majoring in Chemical Engineering who is interested in medical research.