On August 21, The University of Kansas presented Susan Stagg-Williams, associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, with a $5,000 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.
A total of 20 professors were honored with Kemper fellowships this fall. These awards recognize outstanding teachers and advisers at KU. The program is now in its 14th year and is supported by $650,000 in gifts from the William T. Kemper Foundation (Commerce Bank, trustee) and $650,000 in matching funds from KU Endowment.
Susan Stagg-Williams is known for her involvement with research, projects and outreach in the area of biofuels. She is the co-originator and director of the KU Biodiesel Initiative, with researches manufacturing processes for alternative fuels and provides incredible learning opportunities for students. Along with teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in chemical engineering and facilitating alternative energy research, she puts ample energy in public outreach. She has performed many public interviews, tours and conference presentations and advises camps for high school students interested in engineering. She also takes a leading role with the Kansas Soybean Commission, providing research and development support to the soybean farming community. “Susan has been very active in many areas that have been significant to the people of Kansas,” said Laurence Weatherley, chair of chemical and petroleum engineering. “She is clearly on an upward trajectory … for the benefit of the students of KU, the citizens of Kansas and beyond.” [excerpt taken from KU Relations story, http://www.news.ku.edu/2009/august/21/kempers3.shtml, by Jill Jess, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.]