Three chemical engineers with ties to the University of Missouri-Rolla were inducted into the UMR Academy of Chemical Engineers during the academy’s induction ceremony Thursday, April 19.
The academy honors chemical engineers for their contributions to the profession, leadership and involvement with UMR. The academy also serves as an advisory group to the UMR chemical engineering department.
New members are:
— G. Glenn Lipscomb II of Toledo, Ohio, professor and chair of chemical engineering at the University of Toledo. Lipscomb received a bachelor of science degree in UMR in 1981 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California-Berkeley in 1987.
Lipscomb began his career with The Dow Chemical Co. and was a member of the Western Applied Science and Technology Laboratory team that developed Dow’s second generation gas separation membrane for the production of nitrogen from air. He became an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Cincinnati in 1989 and then joined the University of Toledo in 1995.
— Maureen E. Midgley of Rochester, Mich., executive director of global paint and polymers manufacturing engineering at General Motors Corp. Midgley earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from UMR in 1982. She also received a master of science degree in manufacturing engineering from Kettering University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Senior Executive Program.
Midgley’s career began in the automotive industry in 1983 and she held positions in engineering and plant supervision. After seven years as the plant manager of two plants in Lordstown, she took her most recent assignment in August 2005.
— Jacques L. Zakin of Worthington, Ohio, Helen C. Kurtz Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University. Zakin earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University in 1949, master of science degree in chemical engineering from Columbia University in 1960, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from New York University in 1959.
Zakin began his career with Socony Mobil Research Laboratories. After several years, he joined the UMR faculty in 1962. In 1973, he became director of the minority engineering program and the Women in Engineering program before accepting a department chair position in 1977 at Ohio State University. He remained chair of the chemical engineering department until 1994, when he was named the Helen C. Kurtz Professor.