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President's Extended Bio

John L. Anderson
President, Illinois Institute of Technology

John L. Anderson is the eighth president of Illinois Institute of Technology. He assumed the office on August 1, 2007.

A Wilmington, Del., native, Anderson served as provost of Case Western Reserve University from 2004 until joining IIT. Prior to Case, he served for 28 years at Carnegie Mellon University, including eight years as dean of the College of Engineering. Anderson also chaired the Carnegie Mellon Department of Chemical Engineering and served as director of its biomedical engineering program. He was appointed to the National Science Board in 2014. He was a member of the Cornell University faculty for five years before joining the faculty at Carnegie Mellon.

Anderson received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Anderson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was appointed to the National Science Board in 2014. He has held visiting professorships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Melbourne (Australia), and Landbouwuniversiteit Wageningen (The Netherlands). His guest lectureships have included the Berkeley Lectures at the University of California, the Lacey Lectures at Caltech, the Holtz Lecture at Johns Hopkins, the Dodge Lecture at Yale, the Quinn Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Katz Lecture at City College New York.

He has served as member and co-chair of the Board of Chemical Sciences and Technology at the National Research Council (1996-2001). He co-chaired the NRC-sponsored workshop on Challenges for the Chemical Sciences in the 21st Century: National Security and Homeland Defense (2002), and he chaired the NRC study, Existing and Potential Standoff Explosives Detection Techniques (2004). He has presented guest lectureships at universities throughout the United States, and is the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters.

Anderson's research interests include electrokinetic phenomena, electrophoresis of complex particles, transport in porous media and gels, membrane separations, fluid dynamics at low Reynolds numbers, and bioengineering.

Anderson and his wife, Pat, have two children and five grandchildren.

John L. Anderson Curriculum Vitae (pdf)