In Memory of Klaus Timmerhaus, 1925-2011

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The college lost a highly esteemed faculty member when Dr. Klaus Timmerhaus passed away in Boulder on Feb. 11. He was 86.

"Dr. T" joined the CU faculty in 1953, and over 42 years served as associate dean of engineering, director of the Engineering Research Center, acting chair of aerospace engineering, and chair of chemical engineering.

He was a prominent national figure in the field of cryogenics, and was named one of the Top 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2008. He is one of only 15 faculty from CU-Boulder to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

The university itself awarded him numerous honors for teaching, research, and service, including the President's Teaching Scholar award, Hazel Barnes Prize, Robert L. Stearns Award, and Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.

He left a generous bequest to the university, which will add to the Klaus D. and Jean L. Timmerhaus Scholarship in Engineering set up in 1992, and establish a new Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador Award. The new award will honor a faculty member at any one of CU's campuses, and showcase the high caliber of CU's faculty through statewide outreach to be undertaken by the honoree—fulfilling his wish that CU's talents be recognized throughout Colorado.

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