He attended the University of Delaware where he received a Bachelor of Surgery in chemical engineering in 1967. He then went on to obtain an Master of Surgery in chemical engineering, and completed a Doctor of Philosophy in 1971, also in chemical engineering, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Is an American professor of chemical engineering, who served as the eighth president of Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to his appointment at IIT, Anderson held positions in academia at various institutions, serving both as the provost of Case Western Reserve University and the dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Anderson was part of Cornell University"s faculty for five years, where he served as an assistant professor of chemical engineering.
On 1 September 1976, Anderson left Cornell to begin a 28-year career at Carnegie Mellon.
Starting out as an associate professor, he soon became director of the Biomedical Engineering Program. He continued to weave through the ranks at Carnegie Mellon before being conferred as a University Professor on 1 July 1994, the highest rank for a professor offered at that institution.
Two years later, he was appointed dean of the College of Engineering. He was in that position for eight years before leaving the university on 1 April 2004 to become provost, university vice president, and professor of chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve.
Anderson served at Case Western Reserve from 2004 until he joined IIT, where he assumed the position as president and professor of chemical engineering on 1 August 2007.
He stepped down as president eight years later.
American Academy of Arts and Sciences.