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2022 Ensor Lectureship presented by Dr. Levi Thompson

Compton Union Building
A 10:30 a.m. reception in the Cub Senior Ballroom will precede the lecture
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About the event

Dean of the College of Engineering and Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, Dr. Levi Thompson will present the 2022 Ensor Lecture, October 24, on the WSU Pullman Campus.

Title: Turning Base Metals into Gold: The Unusual Properties of Nanostructured Early Transition Metal Carbides and Nitrides, beginning at 12:00 p.m.

about the speaker

Professor Thompson is Dean of the College of Engineering and Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He leads a college of nearly 200 faculty, 3,600 students and 120 staff with a number of major research centers. Professor Thompson earned his B.ChE. from the University of Delaware, and M.S.E. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan (UM). He was a faculty member at the University of Michigan where he served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Director of the Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory and Director of the Michigan-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. His scholarly research on nanostructured materials for catalytic and energy storage applications is described in more than 150 publications and more than 10 patents. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the AIChE and recipient of awards including the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, McBride Distinguished Lectureship, Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award, and Michiganian of the Year Award for his research, entrepreneurship, and teaching. He co-founded T/J Technologies, a developer of nanomaterials for advanced batteries that was acquired by A123 Systems, and Inmatech, a developer of low cost, high energy density supercapacitors for automotive and military applications.

About the lecture

The Ensor Lecture in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering was established in 2016 to encourage communication and collaboration on emerging ideas in any area related to chemical engineering, bioengineering, aerosol technology and nanotechnology. David Ensor (’63, chemical engineering) and his wife, Sara, established the lectureship as a reflection of their deep interest in higher education and their strongly held belief in the empowerment that education provides for one’s life.