Prof. Edward Cussler

Edward L. Cussler, currently Distinguished Institute Professor at the University of Minnesota, received his B.E. with honors from Yale University in 1961, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1963 and 1965, respectively, working with E. N. Lightfoot. After 13 years teaching at Carnegie-Mellon University, Cussler joined the University of Minnesota in 1980. He has written over 240 articles and five books, including Diffusion, Bioseparations, and more recently, Chemical Product Design.

Cussler has received the Colburn and Lewis Awards in 2001 from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), for whom he served as Director, Vice President, and President. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2002, "For pioneering research on membrane transport in chemical and biochemical separation and for inspiring teaching." He has received the Separations Science Award from the American Chemical Society, the Merryfield Design Award from the American Society of Engineering Education, and honorary doctorate degrees from the Universities of Lund and Nancy. Cussler is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

On a less serious note, he received the Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2005 for an experiment settling whether people could swim faster or slower in syrup rather than water.

Below, you can see pictures from the first day of Somer Lecture 2013: