Lou Edwards Endowed Chair for Chemical Engineering
We Did It!
Lou Edwards Endowed Chair A First for Chemical Engineering
Thank you to the many loyal & generous donors who made the Lou Edwards Endowed Chair a reality. Under Bill Thomson’s volunteer leadership, $2 million was raised over 12 years, creating the first endowed chair in Chemical Engineering at the University of Idaho. This position will continue Lou Edwards’ tradition of excellence in leadership, teaching and research, and enable U of I to attract and retain top faculty members. The faculty search will take place in 2021-22 and the first Lou Edwards Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering will be named in fall 2022.
Join Your Class In Support
View the generous alumni who have donated from your class decade, and join them in support of this endowed position.
|Decade||Total Given||ChE Alumni|
Schaechtel Giving Account in Fidelity Charitable
Gary Van Stone
Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund
Mary Lee Ryba
Randy Nebel Charitable Fund
Shell Oil Company Foundation
Singh Family Charitable Gift Fund
The Dow Chemical Company Foundation
Larry and Pene Lloyd
We Reached Our $2 Million Goal!
“An endowed chair builds the reputation of our program. It indicates a certain distinction in teaching and provides opportunities to pursue research with a high potential for return. ” ERIC ASTON, Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
The University of Idaho College of Engineering is one of the leading engineering programs in the Northwest.
Part of that prestige lies in our excellent faculty, who attract highly-skilled students to our hands-on programs and research opportunities.
The Lou Edwards Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering will continue Lou’s tradition of excellence in leadership, teaching and research, and enable U of I to attract and retain top faculty members.
An endowed chair is a distinguished faculty position funded through an endowment.
Why give to an endowed chair?
Your gift provides resources beyond what the university alone can offer, including:
- A stable and permanent revenue source for excellent faculty
- Building our college’s reputation as a top-tier research university
- Hiring and retention of top faculty members
- Funding for undergraduate and graduate research positions working alongside faculty
- Connection between our college and national industry leaders
Earlier efforts to establish the Lou Edwards Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering were led by Emeritus Professor William “Bill” Thompson led that effort, raising over $1.3M toward the $2M goal.
We are now in our final phase to fully fund the Lou Edwards Endowed Chair and are working toward reaching our goal of raising the final $700,000.
About Lou Edwards 1936-2016
Lou Edwards, 1936-2016, received several awards for his contributions to teaching and research and was a talented faculty member who made a difference in the lives of many U of I students.
Originally from Montana, Lou earned a bachelor’s degree at Rensselaer Engineering and a master’s at the University of Delaware. He first came to Idaho in 1961, and was one of the Department’s first Ph.D. students, receiving his doctorate in 1966. He received the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry’s Pulp Manufacture Division Technical Award and Johan C.F. C. Richter Prize in 2014. During his career, he published more than 100 technical papers and served as a consultant to over 30 pulp and paper companies worldwide.