Four Alumni Named 2020 Distinguished Alumni by Department of Chemistry

Panther statue

The Department of Chemistry has named four former students as 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awardees. Alumni honorees are:

  • Jingguang G. Chen, who received his PhD in 1998 under advisor John Yates. Chen is Department Chair and Thayer Lindsley Professor of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University.
  • Jamie McCabe Dunn, who received a PhD in 2007 under advisor, Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Kay Brummond. Dunn is director of the Kenilworth Discovery Process Chemistry Site-Lead at Merck & Co., Inc.
  • McMahan Gray, who received a Bachelor’s of Science from the school in 1980. Gray is Project Leader: Sorbent Development for CO2 Removal for Flue Gas Applications-Component 1 for National Energy Technology Laboratory. 
  • Jeremy P. Walker, who received a PhD in 2006 under advisor Distinguished Professor Sanford A. Asher. Walker is Director of Science and Technology for FLIR Systems. 

The awards were founded in 2000, when the department celebrated its 125th anniversary. Since that time, it has recognized more than 60 alumni who have made significant contributions to the field. Chen, Dunn, Gray and Walker will be recognized at a dinner on Oct. 9, 2020.