Wilhelm Lectures

Richard H. Wilhelm
Richard H. Wilhelm
This distinguished lectureship honors the memory of Richard H. Wilhelm, a graduate of Columbia University who spent his entire professional career at Princeton University. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1934 and served as chairman from 1954 until his death in 1968. In recognition of his distinguished teaching, he was named Henry Putnam University Professor by Princeton University and given the Warren K. Lewis Award in Chemical Engineering Education by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

For his research leadership in numerous areas of chemical reaction engineering, he received from the AIChE the William H. Walker Award in 1951 and the Professional Progress Award in 1952 and the Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry from the American Chemical Society in 1966. In 1968 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional distinction that can be conferred upon an American engineer.

In 1973, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers established the R.H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering, presented each year to an individual in recognition of significant and new contributions in the field. The Richard H. Wilhelm Lectureship was established through the generosity of his colleagues, friends, and students.

2022 Wilhelm Lecturer: Bernhard Palsson

Bernhard Palsson is the Y.C. Fung Endowed Professor in Bioengineering, Professor of Pediatrics, and the Principal Investigator of the Systems Biology Research Group in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Palsson has co-authored more than 600 peer-reviewed research articles and has authored four textbooks, with more in preparation.

He is a founding member of the NNF Center for Biosustainability and has served as its Director from its inception in 2011.  The CFB is now a international research center with over 300 FTEs.

His research includes the development of computational biology methods (flux-balance analysis, and modal analysis), genome-scale models (M models, ME models), data analytic methods (iModulons, pangenomics, alleleome, structural proteomics) and the formulation of specific sysbio models of the red blood cell, E. coli, CHO cells, and many human pathogens.

He has sat on the editorial board of several leading peer-reviewed microbiology, bioengineering, and biotechnology journals. He previously held a faculty position at the University of Michigan for 11 years where he was named the G.G. Brown Associate Professor at Michigan in 1989.

He is inventor on over 40 U.S. patents, the co-founder of several biotechnology companies, and holds several major biotechnology awards. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1984. Dr. Palsson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of the AIChE,  AIMBE, AAAS, and the AAM. Dr. Palsson has been a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher since 2014. 

Wed, Oct 26, 2022, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thu, Oct 27, 2022, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Friend Center – Convocation Room – 113

Previous Lecturers in the Series


Paula T. Hammond

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Joseph DeSimone

Carbon, Inc.


Matthew Tirrell

University of ChicagoArgonne National Laboratory


Kristi S. Anseth

University of Colorado at Boulder


Ronald G. Larson

University of Michigan


Enrique Iglesia

University of California at Berkeley


Chaitan Khosla

Stanford University


Klavs Jensen

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Martin Feinberg

Ohio State University


Lanny Schmidt

University of Minnesota


George Stephanopoulos

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Mark E. Davis

California Institute of Technology


Frances H. Arnold

California Institute of Technology


Frank S. Bates

University of Minnesota


Carol K. Hall

North Carolina State University


John F. Brady

California Institute of Technology


William R. Schowalter

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Alice P. Gast

Stanford University


Charles F. Zukoski

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Cherry A. Murray

Bell LaboratoriesLucent Technologies


Eduardo D. Glandt

University of Pennsylvania


John Villadsen

Technical University of Denmark


Robert A. Brown

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Roger W.H. Sargent

Imperial College of ScienceTechnologyand Medicine


George K. Batchelor

Cambridge University


R. Byron Bird

University of Wisconsin at Madison


John F. Davidson

Cambridge University


George Gavalas

California Institute of Technology


Reuel Shinnar

City College of the City University of New York


Dan Luss

University of Houston


Rutherford Aris

University of Minnesota


John M. Prausnitz

University of California at Berkeley


Roger A. Schmitz

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Neal R. Amundson

University of Houston


Jack B. Howard

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Michel Boudart

Stanford University


L.E. Scriven

University of Minnesota