University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) College of Science and Engineering has announced the induction of five new members into its Academy of Science and Engineering. The inductees were honored for their outstanding work in the fields of biology, mathematics, geology and engineering. The Academy was established in 2002 to give public recognition to alumni and special friends of the College of Science and Engineering who have brought distinction to themselves through their participation, commitment, and leadership in their chosen profession.
Those named this year are: Edward Bersu, Howard Levine, Glenn B. Morey, Gerald Ostroski and Charles Taylor.
Edward Bersu, a 1968 UMD graduate, is currently a professor at the University of Wisconsin Department of Anatomy and School of Education's Department of Kinesiology. His major research includes investigations of the morphology of human malformation syndromes associated with verified chromosomal imbalances such as trisomy. Mr. Bersu also serves an advisor for the UW Biology program and is a member of the Biology Degree Executive Committee.
Howard Levine, a 1964 UMD graduate, currently works in Iowa State University as a Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Department of Mathematics. He is listed in the ISI Web of Knowledge among 300 highly-cited mathematicians. Focusing in partial differential equations, Professor Levine's recent research topic was the mathematical modeling of tumor-driven angiogenesis. He has also published more than 100 referred works and presented over 250 invited lectures.
Glenn B. Morey, a 1957 UMD graduate, is a Professor Emeritus of University of Minnesota Winchell School of Earth Sciences. He served as a professor and graduate faculty in the U of M Department of Geology and Geophysics in the areas of stratigraphy and sedimentology. During his nearly forty years in the field, Professor Morey worked as an Associate Director and Chief Geologist of the Minnesota Geological Survey as well as a Principal Geologist and General Supervisor of geologic activities in the Precambrian terrane of Minnesota.
Gerald Ostroski was one of the leaders of a group of industrialists and legislators who helped to establish the engineering programs at UMD in 1980's. His leadership with the programs continued as he served as head of the Engineering Advisory and Scholarship Committee. Mr. Ostroski spent 39 years with Minnesota Power as an Assistant System Planning Engineer. His work focused in the area of new technology and computers as well as the use of the technology in transforming the electric utility industry. Mr. Ostroski retired from Minnesota Power in 2002. He continues his work with UMD as an active supporter of engineering education.
Charles Taylor, a 1952 UMD graduate, had a remarkable career as a scientist and inventor with 3M Central Research Laboratory. His nearly four decades of work with 3M included a variety of projects, focusing on organic chemistry, biochemistry and medical devices. Mr. Taylor has numerous records of invention, as well as a dozen patents on pressure sensitive adhesives, dental restoratives, high performance polymers and biocompatible materials. He has been honored by 3M with the title of Corporate Scientist, which is given to the highest level of scientist at 3M.