July 25, 2012
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) professor Jeffrey A. Reimer has been named the first holder of the C. Judson King Endowed Chair in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
The King chair was endowed after a multi-year campaign, supported by more than 100 former students and others who wanted to show their admiration for C. Judson “Jud” King, who has served the College of Chemistry and the University of California in numerous roles since he first came to UC Berkeley in 1963.
The campaign was led by luminaries such as former UC President Richard Atkinson, former UC Santa Cruz Chancellor Karl Pister and CBE alum Joon Moon (Ph.D. ’64, ChemE). Moon contributed a $500,000 challenge grant, and the Hewlett Foundation matched the amount raised with a $1 million grant.
Says Reimer, “It is difficult for me to imagine upholding the standard set by Jud’s contributions to scholarship, education, leadership and contributions to the University. I am honored, and very grateful, for the chance to try.”
Reimer is no stranger to administrative responsibilities himself. From 2006 until 2011 he was the Chair of the CBE department. Before that, from 2000 until 2005, he was Associate Dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate Division, where his responsibilities included the assessment of doctoral programs and academic quality, as well as oversight of those campus-wide information resources and technologies that support graduate students.
Reimer is also one of Berkeley’s most honored teachers. He was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003, the highest teaching award bestowed by the Berkeley campus. In 2000 he was awarded the Chemical Engineering Departmental Outstanding Teaching Award. In 1998 he won the Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Physical Sciences and was given the AIChE Northern California Section Award for Chemical Engineering Excellence in Academic Teaching.
Professor Reimer was born in Van Nuys, California and received his B.A. (with honors) from UC Santa Barbara. Upon publication of his interdisciplinary work examining the chemistry and physics of solar cell materials, he was awarded a doctorate from Caltech in 1980. Prior to his appointment at Berkeley in 1982, he was a postdoctoral fellow at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, New York, where he worked on basic and applied research in semiconductor science and technology. His research interests include materials chemistry, applied spectroscopy, alternative energy and nuclear spintronics.