Edward M. Schoenborn Graduate Student Fund

The Dr. Edward M. Schoenborn Graduate Student Fund was established to support the graduate student research program. The Schoenborn Award, intended to honor outstanding senior Ph.D. students, is based upon students’ academic records, research productivity, and quality of technical presentations associated with the Schoenborn Graduate Research Symposium.

Dr. Edward Martin Schoenborn Jr. was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1909. He earned three chemical engineering degrees at The Ohio State University: B.Ch.E. in 1932, M.S. in 1934 and Ph.D. in 1941. He earned the Ph.D. degree while serving as an Instructor at the University of Delaware, where he taught from 1935 to 1945.

Dean J. Harold Lampe recruited Dr. Schoenborn to NC State in 1945 as Head of the (then) Department of Chemical Engineering. His first task was a complete revision of the curriculum. Two major milestones in the department’s history occurred shortly after Dr. Schoenborn’s arrival: In 1948 the undergraduate program was accredited by the Engineer’s Council for Professional Development (ECPD) and the AIChE, and in 1949 the Ph.D. program was approved.

In 1966 Dr. Schoenborn stepped down as department head and was named the Charles H. Herty Professor of Chemical Engineering. He was named an AIChE Fellow in 1973 and he retired one year later in 1974. The local AIChE section, along with several department faculty members, created the Edward M. Schoenborn Graduate Student Award in his honor, and made contributions to initiate the award.

The inagural Schoenborn Graduate Student Award in Chemical Engineering was presented in 1979 to Russ O’Dell by Dr. Schoenborn’s widow. The initial award included a textbook belonging to Dr. Schoenborn and one of his signature bow ties. Schoenborn Awards are now given to the winning oral and poster presenters at the Schoenborn Graduate Research Symposium. Cash prizes for the Awards are made possible through the Edward M. Schoenborn Graduate Student Fund endowment, established by Russ and Susie O’Dell.


Donations can be made using the following procedure:

Access the “MY GIFT” page on the College of Engineering Foundation web site, and choose “Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering” at the top of the page.

  • Enter the amount of your donation and select “I would like to give to a fund not listed here.”
  • Enter Edward M. Schoenborn Graduate Student Fund in the “Fund name or description” box, choose a payment plan at the bottom of the page, and proceed to the “My Information” page.
  • After you’ve entered your contact information, proceed to the “MY PAYMENT” page.
  • Enter your billing information and MAKE YOUR GIFT!If you have questions, or wish to make a gift in some other manner, please contact:Dr. Russ O’Dell
    Director of Alumni Relations
    Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    NC State University
    Engineering Building I 2100B, Box 7905
    Raleigh, NC 27695-7905
    russ_odell (@ncsu.edu)