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MSE Welcomes Professor Anthony J. Ryan, OBE

Friday, August 5, 2016

We are pleased to welcome Professor Anthony J. Ryan from the University of Sheffield as the College of Engineering Mary Upson Lecturer. The Mary Shepard B. Upson Visiting Professorship was established in 1966 through the bequest of the widow of the late Maxwell M. Upson. Maxwell Upson graduated from Cornell University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1899 and was a member of the Board of Trustees for thirty-five years. At the time the Upson chair was established, James A. Perkins, then president of the university, said that the endowment would help to assure Cornell’s “continued leadership in engineering education, particularly in the area of graduate teaching and research.” Professor Ryan is giving a series of five lectures while he is here. He is a polymer physical chemist and educator who just stepped down from his position as Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He is founding Director of the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures. He became an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 2006 for 'Services to Science'. He gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2002, a very prestigious lecture given on British television explaining key concepts in science to the public. Starting in 1825, previous lecturers include Michael Faraday, John Tyndall, William Henry Bragg, William Lawrence Bragg and Julian Huxley among others. Students and faculty are encouraged to make appointments with him while he is here. Contact Dolores Dewbury 607-255-4135;; to make an appointment.

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