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UI to present distinguished faculty lecture in engineering Feb. 20

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Peter J. Reilly, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University, will present a 1997 Iowa Distinguished Faculty Lecture in Engineering on the subject of computational studies of glucoamylase, one of the most important industrial enzymes, at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20 in Buchanan Auditorium, John Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

Reilly currently is conducting research, guided by computational methods, aimed at improving the stability and selectivity of glucoamylase, which is used in the production of high-fructose syrup.

Reilly received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Princeton University in 1960 and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. Prior to coming to Iowa State in 1974, he spent four years with Du Pont's Organic Chemicals Department in Deepwater, N.J. and six years on the faculty of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During the 1983-84 and 1992-93 academic years, he served as Invited Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

His research interests are in the areas of enzyme and carbohydrate technology and the utilization of agricultural byproducts. He coordinates Iowa State University's exchange programs with the University of Glasgow and with the University of Lausanne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is part of a joint University of Iowa-Iowa State University program designed to give students access to the best engineering educational resources at both universities. Established in 1994, the program includes shared lectures, cooperative graduate courses over interactive electronic media, faculty seminar exchanges, and out-of-state seminar speakers.