CEMS marked the 100-year anniversary of chemical engineering in 2019 and celebrates the 50-year anniversary of materials science in 2020. We will continue to highlight significant achievements of faculty and alumni throughout the centennial and jubilee years. 


Centennial & Jubilee Lecture Series:

Please register for each of these virtual seminars by completing this form. Please indicate the specific lecture you would like to watch live, as a virtual event, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you closer to the event date.
  • September 22: Thomas H. Epps III (PhD ChE ’04), University of Delaware
  • September 29: Cordell Hardy (PhD ChE ’04), 3M
  • October 6: Navneet Kapoor (PhD ChE ’96), A.P. Moller-Maersk
  • October 13: David F. Bahr (PhD MSE ’97), Purdue University
  • October 27: Nancy K. Lape (PhD ChE ’04), Harvey Mudd College
  • November 3: William A. Tisdale (PhD ChE ’10), MIT
  • November 10: Matthew J. Panzer (PhD ChE ’07), Tufts University

CEMS Next 100 Campaign: Advancing Knowledge, Enriching Lives

Through the CEMS Next 100 Campaign, we aim to secure $30 million in new funding by June 30, 2021, to invest in the department’s chief asset: its people. Together, we will elevate our capacity to serve our faculty and students, and the people of Minnesota and the world. The CEMS Next 100 Campaign is part of the broader University campaign, Driven.

Philanthropic support from alumni, friends, and industrial partners is crucial to provide CEMS with a margin of excellence, helping the department fulfill its mission of scholarship and discovery, and securing its century-long legacy of excellence.

Since July 1, 2014, CEMS has raised $24 million towards its $30 million campaign goal within each of the following four priority categories:

           Faculty member in their lab

Faculty Support
Endowed Chairs and Professorships
Raised: $11.15 million                            Goal: $15 million

         Undergrad students

          Undergraduate Student Support
          Endowed Scholarships
          Raised: $4.98 million                            Goal: $5.5 million

           Grad student working in their lab

Graduate Student Support
Endowed Fellowships
Raised: $4.28 million                            Goal: $5.5 million

         Amundson Hall

         Strategic Initiatives
         Pursuing Opportunities & Addressing Pressing Needs
         Raised: $3.95 million                            Goal: $4 million