B.Ch.E., University Delaware, 1967. Master of Science, University Illinois, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy, University Illinois, 1971.
Assistant professor chemical engineering Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1971-1976. Associate professor chemical engineering Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, 1976-1979, professor, 1979—2004, director biomedical engineering, 1980-1985, head department chemical engineering, 1983-1994, dean College Engineering, 1996—2004. Provost Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, 2004—2007.
President Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, since 2007. Holtz lecturer Johns Hopkins University, 1990. 5th annual Berkeley lecturer chemical engineering, 1989.
Lacey lecturer California Technology, 1998. Visiting professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982-1983. Visiting scholar Irish-American technical exchange program department chemical engineering University College Dublin, 1983.
1st lieutenant United States Army, 1972. Member National Academy of Engineering, American Institute of Electrical Engineers (symposium chairman since 1974, Professional Progress award, 1989). Mem American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society (symposium chairman since 1974), Tau Beta Pi, Alpha Tau Omega.
Married Patricia Siemen, June 8, 1968. Children: Brian Christopher, Lauren Kathleen.