The UB CBE Ruckenstein
Fund was established as an endowment to recognize and honor Professor Eli Ruckenstein, whose
contributions to the Department will be felt for generations to come.
And truly, Eli's accomplishments are staggering. In addition to his most recent election into American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has authored over 1000
refereed journal articles in every conceivable area of interest to chemical
engineering (including thermodynamics, transport, catalysis, materials, and
bioengineering). Remarkably, a graph of his productivity versus age, starting
from age 60 and covering the past 20 years, has a positive slope!
Funds generated from this endowment are used to in two ways.
- Support the Ruckenstein Lecture series. Many in the department know Eli best
from his participation in our weekly seminars, where his intellect and
encyclopedic memory are consistently on display during the question-and-answer
sessions. Eli has for a long time been the coordinator of the seminar series,
and so it is fitting that we honor his name with an annual lecture dedicated to
him. Each year this lecture will be delivered by one of the leading figures in
- Support teaching and research laboratories. Eli is a prolific researcher who
is equally at ease in theoretical and experimental investigations, and his work
in each direction is reinforced by the other. Consequently he recognizes the
importance of a good laboratory, and what can be accomplished with high-quality,
modern equipment. Accordingly we use this fund to help support our undergraduate
and graduate laboratories.
- Click here to pledge your support
- The Ruckenstein Lecture Series
- Eli Ruckenstein's home page
- A short biography