William Maxwell Reed was born on March 3, 1892 in Louisville, KY. After World War II, he returned to Louisville to his small automobile paint shop which he was operating before the war. His inventive mind soon led him to design and build the first air filter for successful use in his business. He generally is known as the “father” of air cleaning equipment. He organized the first Reed Air Filter Company and obtained many patents. He merged other companies, employing new methods of dust control with his company. The American Air Filter Company was the result.
Mr. Reed did not attend or graduate college from UK or any other college. He graduated from Louisville male High School and First Officers Candidate School at Ft. Benjamin Harrison. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by UK in 1953.
Mr. Reed died on February 2, 1956. During the late 1950s and the early 1960s, Mrs. Reed and The American Filter Company made charitable gifts in his memory to UK, and the William Maxwell Reed Seminar Series is funded by these contributions.
Fall 2016 Seminar Flyers
 Friday 9/16 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106: Frederick L. Dryer, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Powering the Road and Air Transportation Sectors with Liquid Fuels
 Friday 10/14 3:00-4:00pm CB 106: James Richard Forbes, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada. Dynamic Modeling and Control of Cable-Actuated Systems
 Friday 10/28 3:00-4:00pm CB 106: Dallas Trinkle, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.