ARCH Discovery Day Presentation

Please visit the following link for the August 24, 2020 Arch Discovery Day presentation: https://rensselaer.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/rensselaer/recording/playback/c8264c4389c74fcda13001d8bb049f1e

This presentation is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes long and does not require a password to view. 

Michael M. Abbot Award Lectures

The Michael M. Abbott Lecture Series hosted each spring in the Chemical Engineering Department honors Abbott’s legacy and celebrates his achievements.

Michael Abbott received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1961, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1965, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He worked for four years at Exxon Research and Engineering. He joined Rensselaer as a postdoctoral fellow in 1969, and joined the Chemical Engineering Department as an Associate Professor in 1974, where he worked till 2006. He was promoted to Full Professor in 1986, and appointed Emeritus Professor in 2002. For 11 years prior to retirement, he served as Associate Chairman of Chemical Engineering.

Prof. Abbott was an internationally recognized expert in chemical thermodynamics. He co-authored four textbooks, including the best-selling chemical engineering text of all time, Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, currently in its seventh edition. Abbott had a passion for teaching, and received many awards in recognition of his work as a teacher and mentor, including the Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Engineering Instructor Award (1976), the Trustees’ Outstanding Teacher Award, the Western Electric Fund Award from ASEE (1979), the Rensselaer Distinguished Teaching Fellowship (1986-88), and the first Rensselaer Alumni Association Teaching Award in 1994.

Beyond academics, Abbott had wide ranging interests including literature, poetry, and music.

The Michael M. Abbott Lecture Series hosted each spring in the Chemical Engineering Department honors Abbott’s legacy and celebrates his achievements.

Lecture Series

Andrew Zydney, Department of Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
CBIS Isermann Auditorium, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Andrew Zydney, Department of Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Ricketts 211, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Paula T. Hammond, Department of Chemical Engineering and Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
CBIS Bruggeman Room, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Paula T. Hammond, Department of Chemical Engineering and Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ricketts 211, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Gregory Stephanopoulos, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
CBIS Isermann Auditorium, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Gregory Stephanopoulos, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ricketts 211, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Previous Abbott Lecture Awardees

  • 2015 Jay D. Keasling, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2014 John F. Brady, California Institute of Technology
  • 2013 Curtis W. Frank, Stanford University
  • 2012 K. Dane Wittrup, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2011 Frank S. Bates, University of Minnesota
  • 2010 George “Bud” Homsy, University of British Columbia
  • 2009 Michael F. Doherty, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2008 Pablo Debenedetti, Princeton University
  • 2007 Jefferson W. Tester, Massachusetts Institute of Technology