Recruiting Lidstrom from her position as professor of environmental engineering science at Caltech was considered quite a coup. "Hiring her would not have been possible without the Jungers Chair," says Chemical Engineering Chair Bruce Finlayson. "It's a wonderful example of the difference private gifts can make in attracting faculty that strengthen the University's programs." Lidstrom holds a joint appointment in chemical engineering and microbiology.
The Jungers Chair is a gift from Frank Jungers, who graduated from the UW in 1947 with a degree in mechanical engineering and went on to become chairman and CEO of the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco). For many years Jungers has been a generous donor to--and an active volunteer for--the UW, particularly the College of Engineering. In 1987 he established the Frank Jungers Endowed Professorship in the college. Through additional gifts this year, he increased that professorship to a chair.
Jungers' gifts were part of $127.7 million in gifts and private grants the University received during 1994-95. The total set a record for the second consecutive year. At $61.7 million, gifts to the University were $5.5 million over the previous year.
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