Texas ChE Centennial LogoThe McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering celebrates 100 years of education, leadership and discovery with a full year of special events celebrating the milestones and successes of the department’s first century.

The centennial celebration begins with the first speaker of the centennial lecture series on Sept. 1. Dr. Robert Brown of Boston University will kick off the series with a lecture titled “American Research Universities: The Alchemy of Quality”. The series continues throughout the semester with presentations from distinguished department alumni that actively represent the centennial themes of education, leadership and discovery on a daily basis.

The McKetta Tailgate on Sept. 19, gathers students, alumni, faculty and friends of the department together in honor of Dr. John J. McKetta Jr.’s 100th birthday. Join us for barbecue, drinks, giveaways, a preview of the centennial documentary and a possible appearance by Dr. McKetta himself!

This year’s AIChE Annual Meeting Reception will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Texas ChE will be one of many university chemical engineering departments that will be present at the educational forum. Academic and industry experts will cover a wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

In the spring semester, the centennial symposium will host a full day of panels, speakers and interactive presentations to showcase the department’s impact on energy and the environment, human health and manufacturing. This event will be held April 15 in the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center.

The celebration continues with the centennial golf tournament, held on April 16, the morning after the centennial symposium. Students, faculty, alumni and friends of the department will gather in teams for a friendly competition of an 18-hole round of golf at the Grey Rock Golf Club in south Austin.

Following the golf tournament, the centennial celebration concludes with a gala bringing approximately 600 current and former faculty, alumni, friends and students of the department together for the final centennial event of the year. During the gala we will premiere our 30-minute documentary showcasing the impact the department has made over the past 100 years.

For more information on the events planned for this momentous year, visit the webpages linked under ‘Events’ on the left-side of the screen. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (#TexasChECentennial) for the latest centennial updates and information.

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