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UI Engineering Caterpillar Lecture scheduled April 10

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Bruce Gates, professor in the department of chemical engineering and materials science at the University of California at Davis, will deliver a Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture, "Supported Clusters: A New Class of Metal Catalyst," at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10 in Room 221, Chemistry Building.

His numerous awards and honors include four Fulbright Fellowships to the University of Munich. His research interests include the areas of catalytic chemistry and catalysis by supported metals and metal clusters.

Gates earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1961 and his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Washington in 1966. From 1967 until 1969, he was a research engineer with Chevron Research Co., Richmond, Calif. From 1969 until 1992 he was at the University of Delaware, where he was Sharp Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1985 and professor of chemistry beginning in 1987. He was also director and co-founder of the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology from 1973 to 1990. Since 1992 he has been professor of chemical engineering at the University of California at Davis.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Engineering department of chemical and biochemical engineering and Caterpillar Inc.

The Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by grants awarded to the UI College of Engineering through the UI Foundation by Caterpillar Inc. of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids student, faculty and curriculum development in the College of Engineering. The fund also supports a colloquium series that brings prominent engineers to the UI campus to present one-day seminars for students and faculty. In addition, it provides computer equipment to help undergraduates conduct on-line searches of engineering patent literature.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact the department of chemical and biochemical engineering in advance at 319-335-1400.