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Provost's Bio

Peter Kilpatrick is provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Illinois Tech.

Kilpatrick previously served as professor and McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame from 2008 to 2018.

During his time at Notre Dame, the College of Engineering grew by more than 60 percent in its number of faculty members, increased its enrollments by nearly 70 percent, and more than doubled its external research funding to more than $50 million per year.

Prior to Notre Dame, he served on the faculty of North Carolina State University in chemical engineering from 1983 to 2007, the last eight-plus years as the department head. Kilpatrick also served as the founding director of the North Carolina Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center, a unique good manufacturing practice (GMP) facility that was designed to train the next generation of biopharmaceutical professionals and biotechnology industry professionals.

He is the author of more than 100 refereed journal articles in the areas of colloid and interfacial science, emulsion science, and molecular self assembly, particularly as they apply to energy and to bioseparations. According to Google Scholar, his work has been cited more than 5,300 times, largely in the areas of emulsions and interfacial and colloidal phenomena. He is also the holder of 12 patents and has been actively engaged in two startups.

Kilpatrick is the recipient of numerous local (NC State) and regional teaching and research awards, including the ASEE Regional Teaching Award. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest, Hungary), the oldest university in that country. He is the immediate past chairperson of the Global Engineering Deans Council. He also serves as the chairperson of the Clover 2030 International Advisory Board, an initiative focused on reinventing engineering education in Chile.

He received his A.B. in chemistry from Occidental College (summa cum laude) in 1978 and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1983.

Kilpatrick joined Illinois Tech on July 30, 2018.