Waltraud Kriven named Willett Professor
This recognition is targeted for faculty members who are excelling in their contributions to the University of Illinois, in addition to excellence in research, teaching, and professional service. On a broader scale, the Willett Research Initiatives in Engineering funds professorships, undergraduate and graduate student research, and related research activity. It honors the memory of Donald Biggar Willett (1897-1981) who attended the University of Illinois from 1916-1921.
Professor Kriven is a well-established international leader in the materials science and engineering of geopolymers and geopolymer composites and in the design of advanced materials, ceramics, and multi-phase composites. Her work on high-temperature, synchrotron-based studies of ceramics have been continuously funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for 33 years and by the National Science Foundation for 20 years, and her work has been highly cited. She has led a half dozen industry-funded programs, and her start-up company, Keanetech, LLC, was recently awarded a Stage I SBIR grant from the U.S. Army through the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory.
Professor Kriven has been a member of our faculty since 1984. A Fellow of both the American and Australian Ceramic Societies, she was named an Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics in 2004 and earned the Mueller Award for Research in Ceramic Engineering from the Engineering Division of the American Ceramic Society in 2017.