Burghardt Named McCormick Professor of Teaching ExcellenceSeptember 1, 2011 | by Jasmine Rangel
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Wesley R. Burghardt, professor of chemical and biological engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence.
He has been the recipient of many awards, including the Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and the John H. Dillon Medal from the American Physical Society. Burghardt was named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2004. He has published more than 80 articles, received 100 lecturer invitations and supervised more than 30 graduate and research students.
In his research, Burghardt seeks to understand the dynamics of complex fluids during flow. Specifically, his research emphasizes in-situ investigation of such flow-induced structural changes to elucidate the origins and mechanisms of complex rheology in polymers.Burghardt has been a faculty member at Northwestern for more than 20 years. He was chair of the chemical and biological engineering department from 2005 to 2009.