Dr. TimmerhausKlaus Timmerhaus, a CU-Boulder professor for 42 years, was known as a hard-nosed yet well liked, old-school professor who took the care and time to ensure all of his students "got it." "Dr. T" joined the CU faculty in 1953, and 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.

During his time at CU-Boulder, Dr. Timmerhaus started a merit-based scholarship in his and his late-wife’s name. Not only would he make personal gifts to this scholarship each year, he took the proceeds from each of his teaching awards and regifted the money to the scholarship fund. “He wanted to reward the students who were working the hardest. And if they sent him a thank-you note, he would pull out his checkbook and write them another check out of his own pocket,” his duaghter, Carol says.

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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