Bayer Foundation awards $300,000 to MIT's Department of Chemical Engineering

Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials

ISSN: 0003-5599

Article publication date: 23 May 2008



(2008), "Bayer Foundation awards $300,000 to MIT's Department of Chemical Engineering", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 55 No. 3.



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Bayer Foundation awards $300,000 to MIT's Department of Chemical Engineering

Article Type: Industrial news From: Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Volume 55, Issue 3.

The Bayer Foundation has bestowed a $300,000 grant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Chemical Engineering to support the Bayer Professorship in Chemical Engineering and the Bayer Graduate Fellowship. This newest grant, which will be awarded over a three-year period, represents the continuation of Bayer's support of these two programs, which it first began in 1979.

Paula Hammond, PhD, a Full Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been named the Bayer Professor, while Bradley Niesner, a first-year graduate student, is the Bayer Fellow.

Hammond's research in macromolecular design and synthesis, directed assembly and nanoscale design of materials has wide-ranging potential applications for various products, processes and technologies in a number of industries.

An African-American female Scientist, Hammond also is a strong advocate for diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and has called for reversing under representation of women and minorities in these fields if the USA is to remain the world's innovation leader.

“For nearly 30 years, Bayer has been proud to be affiliated with MIT and its Department of Chemical Engineering, one of the finest academic and research institutions not only in the United States, but in the world,” said Dr Attila Molnar, President and CEO, Bayer Corp., and President, Bayer Foundation. “Dr Hammond's research exemplifies the brilliant scholarship that routinely emerges from MIT. We are especially honored to support her for both her innovative research, which is closely aligned to Bayer's, as well as for her strong advocacy for diversity in STEM an issue to which we at Bayer are also strongly committed.”

In addition to this latest gift, Bayer has awarded more than $2 million to MIT for the Bayer Professorship and Graduate Fellowship since 1979.

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