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.
Spring 2016 Seminar Flyers
 Friday 2/5 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106: Jack Maddox, University of Kentucky, Paducah, KY. Liquid Jet Impingement Cooling with Spent Flow Management for Power Electronics Cooling
 Friday 2/12 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106: Indrek Wichman, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. The Tulip Flame: Theory, Experiment and Simulation
 Wednesday 2/17 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106: Stefanos Papanikolaou, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Size effects and stochastic plastic flow during uniaxial crystal compression: a minimal discrete dislocation model
 Friday 2/19 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106: Christoph Brehm, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. A Locally Stabilized Higher-Order Immersed Boundary Method and its Application to NASA Relevant Flow Problems
 Friday 2/26 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 118: Martha Grady, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Molecular tailoring of interfaces
 Saturday 2/27 2:00pm-3:00pm RMB 323: Prahalad Rao, SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton, NY. Graph Theoretic Sensor Fusion – Application to Additive Manufacturing and Neurophysiology
 Tuesday 3/1 3:30pm-4:30pm CB 118: Masoud Safdari, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, IL. Computational Analysis and Design of Complex Heterogeneous Materials
 Wednesday 3/2 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106: Haifeng Zhang, University of North Texas, Denton, TX. Harsh Environment Piezoelectric Sensing and Energy Harvesting
 Friday 3/4 4:00pm-5:00pm CB 106: Svetlana Neretina, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Defining the Nanomanufacturing Techniques for the Fabrication of Plasmonic Surfaces for Photovoltaic, Catalytic and Sensing Applications
 Monday 3/7 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 118: Zahra Keshavarz-Motamed, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Novel diagnostic and predictive tools for cardiovascular diseases
 Friday 3/11 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106: Elaine Oran, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Turbulence and Energetic Reactive Flows
 Friday 4/8 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106: Kunlei Liu, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. 2nd Generation Heat Integrated Solvent-based Capture System