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Class of 1958

  • Alan D. Lourie (MS 1958)
    • 2016 – honored with the Excellence Award of the American Intellectual Property Law Association in Washington in October 2016. The citation reads “in recognition of his extraordinary leadership and service to the intellectual property community, which is representative of his distinguished career marked by intellect, integrity, and unwavering commitment to justice.” He continues to serve as an active judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Class of 1964

Class of 1966

  • Robert Bergman (1966 Ph.D.)
    • 2017 – won the prestigious Wolf Prize in Chemistry for his work on the activation of carbon-hydrogen bonds of hydrocarbons by soluble transition-metal complexes.

Class of 1974

Class of 1976

  • Lee H. Latimer (Ph.D. 1976)
    • head of chemistry at NeurOp Inc.
    • 2016 – started three-year term as director-at-large of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society

Class of 1977

  • Michael St John (BS 1968)
    • 1977 – named a University of Chicago Post-Doctoral Fellow

Class of 1978

  • Patrick Carrick (BS 1978)
    • 1974-1978 – conducted undergraduate research in Department of Chemistry and employed by Space Physics Department
    • 1983 – received Ph.D. from Rice University (Curl) in 1983
    • 1980’s – Before federal service, served as assistant professor of physics and chemistry at Mississippi State University.
    • 2019 – “After 31 years, I have retired from federal government service.  My final position was Chief Scientist, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate.  Prior to that, I was the Director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA).  I began my federal career as a research scientist at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, where I ultimately became Chief of the Propellants Branch.  I went on to be the Senior Executive Service (SES) Director of the Physics and Electronics Directorate, and ultimately acting Director, of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).”

Class of 1979

Class of 1985

  • James M. Balkovec (Ph.D. 1985)
  • Joann “Jo” Eisenhart (Ph.D. 1985)
  • Ann Pease (BS 1985)
    • Chambers & Partners USA, one of America’s Leading Business Lawyers
    • Listed in U.S. Legal 500
    • Listed in U.S. News & World Report, one of Best Lawyers in America
    • San Francisco Business Times, Best Lawyer

Class of 1989

Class of 1993

  • Yan Wang (Ph.D. 1993 Chemistry, MBA 1991)

Class of 2000

Class of 2004

Chris Ciolli
Chris Ciolli
  • Chris Ciolli (Ph.D. 2004, Organic Chemistry, Belshaw)
    • 2017 – granted three US patents for development of lubricant additive components as
      research chemist
    • 2016 – promoted to Technical Services Manager in Blend Test Services for The
      Lubrizol Corporation in Wickliffe, Ohio, a specialty chemical company delivering valuable
      solutions to customers and their end-users in the global transportation,
      industrial, and consumer markets

Class of 2006

Class of 2007

  • Carter W. Abney, Ph. D. (BS 2007 chemistry and theoretical mathematics, performed research in the Landis group)
    • 2009 – earned an M.S. from the University of North Carolina
    • 2015 – earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago
    • 2019 – selected for Early Career Fellow for the Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society, to be awarded at an honorary symposium at the spring ACS National Meeting. The award is in recognition of research impacting both applied chemistry and chemical engineering, performed while as an Eugene P. Wigner Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Class of 2009

Class of 2013

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