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​Notre Dame Dean to Present St. Albert the Great Lecture

Providence, R.I.--Dr. Peter Kilpatrick, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and the Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the annual Providence College St. Albert the Great Lecture on Monday, November 14, at 4 p.m. in Aquinas Hall Lounge.

Kilpatrick’s topic will be “Creation and Science: The Role of Beauty, Elegance, and Our Ultimate Destiny.” His lecture is presented by the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies.

Kilpatrick teaches a course on technology and ethics at Notre Dame and is interested in how the humanities and engineering intersect. He has described his approach to engineering as “engineering with a soul.”

Kilpatrick’s research interests include surfactant and interfacial science, fluid microstructure, colloidal aggregates, phase equilibria, and bioseparations. He specializes in colloidal and interfacial science, with an emphasis on the colloidal and molecular properties of crude oil and on biological membranes. His work is leading to oil production and refining that is more energy efficient and better for the environment.

Prior to his arrival at Notre Dame, Kilpatrick was a member of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University for 25 years.

He has written more than 100 articles in scholarly journals and served as founding director of the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center, an institute dedicated to educating students about pilot-scale protein manufacturing, with the aim of providing exceptional training to the next generation of biomanufacturers.

The St. Albert the Great Lecture on Faith, Reason, and Science is one of four annual lectures presented by the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies through the generosity of Edward J. Quinn, Jr. ’63 and his wife, Kathleen Reilly Quinn.    

St. Albert the Great (1206-1280), whose feast day is November 15, was a Dominican Friar better known as Albertus Magnus. He introduced Greek and Arabic science and philosophy to medieval Europe, was an authority on the natural sciences, was the most influential teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas, and served as the bishop of Regensburg, Bavaria.

Hailed as the “Universal Doctor of the Church,” St. Albert the Great is the patron saint of the natural sciences, philosophers, and scientists.


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