Symposium to Honor Professor Emeritus Edward W. Merrill ’47

A Celebration of 60 years as a member of the MIT faculty

Friday, May 14, 2010
MIT Chemical Engineering Department
Building 66, Room 110 (Gilliland Auditorium)

Professor Emeritus Edward W. Merrill is a pioneer in the field of biomedical engineering. Join the Chemical Engineering Department as we celebrate his six decades of research and teaching excellence. Speakers include former students, colleagues and current researchers who today continue to build upon his legacy of work in polymer synthesis, physical chemistry and biomaterials.

  Symposium Schedule (times subject to change):

  Building 66 9:30 a.m.
Opening Reception
Building 66, Room 110 (Gilliland Auditorium)

  Klavs Jensen
Klavs Jensen, ChemE Department Head, MIT
Opening Remarks

  Robert Langer '74
Robert Langer '74, MIT

“Ed Merrill and his contributions to the fields of polymer synthesis and biomedical engineering”

  Allan Hoffman '57 10:40
Allan Hoffman '57, University of Washington
“How Ed Merrill made everything seem so diaphanous”

  David Tirrell '74 11:10
David Tirrell '74
, CalTech
“From Making Polymers to Reinterpreting the Genetic Code: Following a Path Opened by Ed Merrill”

  Robert Cohen 11:40
Robert Cohen, MIT

“Wetting properties of fluoroalkylated silicon-containing surfaces”

  Building 66 12:10

Building 66, Room 201 (Walker Lounge)

  Paula Hammond '84 2:00
Paula Hammond '84, MIT
"What I inherited from Ed:  From Cheshire Cat to Implantable Pharmacies"

  Clark Colton '69 2:30
Clark Colton '69, MIT
"Ed Merrill and the Smoked Sardine Theory of Knowledge Acquisition"

  Michael Sefton '74
Michael Sefton '74, University of Toronto
“New, new biomaterials: Groucho, Ed and me”

  Nicholas Peppas '73 3:30
Nicholas Peppas '73, UT Austin
“Everything flows, nothing stands still”

Hotel Information
Hotel Rooms for the nights of May 13, 14, and 15 are available on a first-come basis at the Kendall Hotel for the MIT rate of $219/night. To book, call the hotel directly (617.577.1300) and mention “MIT ChemE Merrill Symposium.”