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 2015 Seminar Flyers
 9/18 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106 Pierre-Frédéric Villard, Lorraine University, Nancy, France. “Respiration Simulation : Application in Treatment Planning, Training Simulators and On-Line Treatment”
 10/09 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106 Darren Hartl, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. “Analysis and Design of Functionally Optimized SMA-Based Reconfigurable Structures”
 10/23 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106 Sergiy Markutsya, University of Kentucky, Paducah, KY. “A Recent Advance in Modeling Dynamic Properties with Coarse-Grained Molecular Simulation at Mesoscale”
 11/06 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106 Kelly Stephani, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL. “Fundamental transport mechanisms in high-altitude non-equilibrium flows: new perspectives from kinetic methods and theory”
 11/13 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106 Bruce Doddridge, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA. “Earth Science Research at NASA Langley Research Center”
 11/20 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106 Jonathan Black, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. “Space Engineering at Virginia Tech”
 12/4 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106 Huidan (Whitney) Yu, School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI, IN. “Analysis and Design of Functionally Optimized”
 12/11 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106 Roger Quinn, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case Western, OH. “Animals as models for robot mobility and autonomy: Crawling, walking, running, climbing, and flying”