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.
Effective Fall 2010, additional seminars will be given by graduate students and departmental faculty. These will be designated as such and will not be considered a William Maxwell Reed Seminar.
Spring 2015 Seminar Flyers
1/30 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 114 Rupp Carriveau, “Ontario Commercial Wind Energy: An Overview, Turbulence, and a Tornado”
2/12 3:30 RMB 323 Yoed Rabin, “Engineering Aspects in Cryomedicine”
2/16 3:00 RMB 323 Michael Renfro, “Stabilization and Blow-off Dynamics of Bluff-body Flames”
3/2 3:00 RMB 323 Michael Peterson, “Bones, Biomechanics and the Science of Horse Racing Surfaces”
3/9 3:30 RMB 323 J. Maciej Floryan, “Certain Aspects of Flows Over Rough Surfaces”
3/17 3:30 RMB 323 Vikas Prakash, “Thermal Transport in Carbon-based Nanomaterials and their Networks”
3/26 3:30 RMB 323 Al Reisz, “Apollo Epochal and Engineering the Saturn V”
4/9 3:30 RMB 323 Michael J. Wright
4/18 3:30 RMB Francesco Panerai
4/23 3:30 RMB 323 Joseph Brock
4/30 3:30 RMB 323 Bakhyt Alipova