Praxair Inc., a valued corporate partner of the University at Buffalo and its School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has established the Praxair Professor in Operations with a generous gift of $250,000, as well as a $25,000 gift to support the university’s annual Business Partners Day.
Mark Karwan, professor of industrial and systems engineering, former dean of the school and a UB faculty member for more than 30 years, was the first to be named to the new professorship. Under his leadership as dean for 12 years until stepping down in 2006, the school saw tremendous growth and development, including the establishment of new research centers and increased research expenditures. Last September, the UB Alumni Association, in conjunction with both the engineering and management schools, hosted an event to honor Karwan and to highlight UB’s partnership with Praxair.
The company, which actively recruits UB graduates for positions around the globe, employs more than 300 UB alumni in research and development, business management, operations and production at its Tonawanda, NY, facility.
Praxair’s support of UB includes multidisciplinary optimization research, lecture series, fellowships in chemical engineering, internships and various sponsorships of campus-wide events.