Dr. Charles Liotta to present at the Inaugural Henry McGee lecture in Chemical and Life Science Engineering

Dr. Charles Liotta, from Georgia Institute of Technology will present the Inaugural Henry McGee lecture in Chemical and Life Science Engineering on March 31st, 2010.
The lecture will be held in the Ethyl Auditorium, Engineering West Building, 4PM
Solvent Systems for Green and Sustainable Chemical Processes
Dr. Charles L. Liotta
Regents’ Professor and Interim Chair
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S., Brooklyn College, 1959; Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1963
Dr. Liotta is a Regents’ Professor of Chemistry with a joint appointment in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. Liotta came to Georgia Tech in 1964 as a Postdoctoral Associate but was quickly added to the chemistry faculty. He rapidly became a recognized leader in physical−organic and polymer chemistry; he is perhaps best known for his breakthrough discoveries and seminal books on phase transfer catalysis. He served as Chair of the Executive Board in the early 1990s, and, in that capacity, he maneuvered Georgia Tech through a very difficult transition in leadership. In addition, he served for nine years as the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, and, in recent years, he has headed the Institute for Sustainable Technology and Development. In 1994, he took on a joint appointment in chemical engineering, and in 1997, he was selected to be a Regents’ Professor.
Dr. Liotta’s research activities involve both synthesis and physical-organic chemistry. His major interests lie in the areas of kinetics and mechanisms of heterogeneous reactions (phase transfer catalysis), applied chemical kinetics and homogeneous catalysis, molecular thermodynamics and solution theory, phase equilibria, reactions and processes in supercritical and near critical fluids, effect of high pressure and temperature on solution behavior, separation processes, applications to environmental control, synthesis of new barrier materials, and applications to novel materials.
During the past forty-four years, Dr. Liotta has presented over four hundred research seminars at various universities, colleges, chemical companies, symposia, professional meetings (ACS), Gordon Conferences, in North America, Europe, Africa, Central America and Asia. Liotta has won the Malcolm Pruitt Award of the Council for Chemical Research, and Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. Furthermore, Dr. Liotta has interacted most fruitfully with industry, serving as a premier consultant for both Milliken and DuPont for over three decades. Other recent consulting contacts have included SACHEM, Ampac, Degussa, Hoechst/Celanese/Trevera/Kosa, and the Callaway Golf Company. He has served as a member of the Board of Governors for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and as Chair of their Scientific Advisory Committee. In addition, he is a Board member of the Mascaro Sustainability Institute at the University of Pittsburgh.
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The Dr. Henry McGee Lectures in Chemical and Life Science Engineering are made possible by the Betty Rose and Henry McGee Endowment for Chemical Engineering, established by Dr. Henry McGee. The 2010 lecture is the inaugural lecture of the series, which will be held each year at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering.
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As Founding Dean of its new School of Engineering, Henry McGee led the joint VCU/Virginia Tech project to bring innovative and quality engineering education to the metro Richmond area. It was a joint venture of a major state university with the local business and industrial communities. McGee was educated in chemical engineering and in theoretical chemistry at Georgia Tech and the University of Wisconsin. At NASA, he pursued research on exotic high energy propellants for use in space. He was on the faculty at Georgia Tech for 10 years, and he later was on the faculty at Virginia Tech for 23 years including 10 years as Head of the Chemical Engineering Department. His teaching, research grants, and publications at the intersection of engineering and physical chemistry have reflected his dual interest in both science and engineering. His book, “Molecular Engineering”, McGraw-Hill, 1991, was the first textbook to present the useful aspects of molecular theory to engineers using language, while highly mathematical, unencumbered by the esoteric arguments of specialists. He and his students have published dozens of papers in the scientific and engineering literature. He is a scientist, an engineer, a teacher, an administrator, and a small-business man.
Immediately before coming to VCU, McGee had served a three-year visiting appointment as a Division Director at the National Science Foundation. There he was responsible for all of the Foundation’s support of chemical engineering and a large portion of its support of mechanical engineering at universities across the U.S. His Division included eight Program Directors. While at NSF, he designed and created a new research program on environmentally conscience manufacturing that was the first program of federal support for what is now called “green engineering”. This program was widely applauded by the political community in Washington and by the national industrial community.
McGee has received many honors and awards. He was selected as a Founding Member of the “Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni” at Georgia Tech, and more recently he was selected to the “Engineering Hall of Fame” at Georgia Tech. With this latter designation, he joins only about 60 alumni to have been so honored.

Dr. Leonard Buckley to present Special Seminar in Chemical and Life Science Engineering

Dr. Leonard Buckley, from the Institute for Defense Analyses will present the CLSE seminar on March 26th, 2010.
The seminar will be held in Room 401, Engineering West Building from 2:00-3:30PM.
Refreshments will be served (2:00-2:15PM).
Opportunities at the Institute for Defense Analyses
The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC). It is a private-sector, non-profit corporation that works exclusively for the government. Typically, FFRDCs assist the federal government with scientific research, analysis and planning for complex, long-term issues. The Science and Technology Division at IDA provides clear, concise and objective analysis and advice on science and technology related issues. After a brief history of the Institute, several examples of the type of work will be presented. These include analyses of radar systems, fundamental systems analysis for photovoltaics, and projections for future military vehicles. In addition, two programs from the Department of Defense that provide opportunities for faculty will also be described.
Leonard J. Buckley is Director of the Science and Technology Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) where he leads scientists and engineers who provide objective advice on science and technology issues related to national security. IDA is a Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC) and provides advice to variety of government sponsors. He was formerly at the Naval Research Laboratory where he was responsible for directing and managing the Materials Chemistry Branch performing innovative R&D in materials chemistry and physics for the Department of the Navy. Dr. Buckley also completed a detail as a program manager for 4 years at the Defense Science Office within the Defense Advanced Research projects Agency (DARPA) where he initiated and led several programs that included Bio-inspired Optics, Self Decontaminating Surfaces, Water Harvesting and the Artificial Retina. Dr. Buckley has a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a master’s degree in Polymer Science from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering from Drexel University. He has over 150 publications and reports with 9 issued patents and have won several awards over his career including a Navy-sponsored award for Scientific Achievement in 1989, an Alan Berman Outstanding Publication Award from NRL in 1999, an Edison Award (Best Patent) in 2009 and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2005.