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 2018 Seminar Flyers

[1] Friday, 2/9 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 122: Jeanette Domber, Ph.D., Ball Aerospace, Boulder, CO. How Systems Engineering Leads to Mission Success, A Ball Aerospace Perspective.

[2] Monday, 2/12 3:00pm-4:00pm RMB 323: Sarang Supekar, Ph.D., Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL. Innovation and Design at the Climate-Water Nexus for Sustainable Manufacturing and Energy Systems.

[3] Wednesday, 2/14 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 122: Julius Schoop, Ph.D., OPTIS, Cincinnati, OH. Engineered Surface Integrity from Advanced Finishing Techniques for Sustainable Products and Processes.

[4] Friday, 2/16 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 122: Brian Gibson, Ph.D., Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. Advanced Manufacturing for Sustainable Energy Solutions: Welding Radioactive Materials and 3D Printing with High Temperature Alloys.

[5] Wednesday, 2/21 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 122: Alireza Mohammadi, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX. Towards a Unified Framework for Robotic Locomotion Control.

[6] Friday, 2/23 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 122: Mohammad Naghnaeian, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Robust and Secure Control of Cyber-Physical Systems.

[7] Monday, 2/26 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 118: Hasan Poonawala, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, TX. Design and Verification of Learning-enabled Control Systems.

[8] Wednesday, 2/28 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 122: Artur Wolek, Ph.D., U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC. Optimal and Sensor-Driven Motion Planning for Unmanned Vehicles.

[9] Friday, 3/2 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 122: Animesh Chakravarthy, Ph.D., Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. Using Cones for Motion Planning.

[10] Friday, 4/6 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 122: Nancy Sottos, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign, IL.

[11] Friday, 4/13 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 122: Erica Corral, Ph.D., University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

[12] Friday, 4/20 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 122; Paul Banicevic, NASA Ames, Mountain View, CA.

Fall 2017 Seminar Flyers

[1] Friday 9/1 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 118: Kerry S. McDonald, Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Computing mass transport in crystals: Theory, computation, and applications.

[2] Friday, 9/15 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 118: Oliver Browne, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. An Efficient Wave-Packet Tracking Strategy for Hypersonic Transition Prediction.

[3] Friday, 9/29 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 118: Ridvan Aydin, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Digital Thread-enabled Multi-lifecycle Sustainable Product Configuration Design.

[4] Friday, 10/6 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 118: Iain Boyd, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.  Multi-Scale Modeling of Nonequilibrium Gas and Plasma Dynamics.

[5] Friday 10/13 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 118: R. Scott Erwin, Ph.D., Air Force Research Lab, Kirtland AFB, NM.Working in a Vacuum: 20 Years of Control for Space Applications

[6] Friday 10/20 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 118: Aaron Brandis, Ph.D., NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. Applications of Radiative Heating for Space Exploration

[7] Friday 10/27 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 118: Mechanical Engineering Three Minute Thesis competition.

[8] Friday 11/03 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 118: Haoyue Weng, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Modern Ablation Modeling

[9] Friday 11/17 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 118: Eric Stern, Ph.D., NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. Atmospheric Entry Modeling for Asteroid Threat Assessment.

[10] Friday 12/01 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 118: Paul H. Steen, Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Capillary Surface Dynamics and Fast-moving Contact Lines

[11] Friday 12/08 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 118: Vedha Nayagam, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Discovering of Quasi-steady Col Flames: Droplet Combustion Experiments in the International Space Station


Spring 2017 Seminar Flyers

[1] Friday 2/3 3:00pm-4:00pm CB 106: Frank Bourne, Ph.D., Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL.  Model-Based Systems Engineering.

[2] Friday 2/10 3:00-4:00pm CB 110; Lt. Col. Michael Baker, United States Air Force.  USAF Flight Test: How Test Teams Contribute to Delivering War-Winning Combat Capabilities.

[3] Monday 2/13 3:00-4:00pm CB 110; Shuo Han, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.  Data-Driven Control and Optimization for Urban Infrastructures.

[4] Friday, 2/17 3:45-4:45pm CB 110; Michael Malisoff, Ph.D., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.  Adaptive Tracking and Parameter Identification: Theory and Marine Robotic Applications.

[5] Monday, 2/20 3:00-4:00pm CB 110; Lantao Liu, Ph.D., University of Southern California.  From Single-Robot Planning to Multi-Robot Collective Decision-Making.

[6] Friday, 2/24 3:00-4:00pm CB 110; J.I. Frankel, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.  Calibration-Based Inverse Method for Estimating Surface Heat Flux and Temperature in Aerospace Science Applications.

[7] Monday, 2/27 3:00-4:00pm CB 110; Zhaojian Li, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.  Future Mobility:  Cloud-Enabled Automotive Decision-Making Systems.

[8] Monday, 3/6 3:00-4:00pm CB 110; Weinan Gao, New York University, New York.  Data-Driven Adaptive Optimal Control and its Applications.

[9] Thursday, 4/13 4:00-5:00pm B&E 307; Tracy Drain and Danielle Nuding, JPL, California.  A Conversation with Tracy and Danielle.

[10] Friday, 4/14 3:00-4:00pm CB 110; Jingshan Li, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Toward Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing and Service Systems



Fall 2016 Seminar Flyers

[1] 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

[2] 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

[3] Friday 10/21 3:00-4:00pm CB 106: Marco Panesi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Construction of Non-Equilibrium Hydrodynamic Models for Atmospheric Entry Plasmas

[4] Friday 10/28 3:00-4:00pm CB 106: Dallas Trinkle, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Computing mass transport in crystals: Theory, computation, and applications

[5] Friday 11/4 3:00-4:00pm CB 106: Neil Hodge, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Berkley, CA.  Multi-physics Modeling of the Selective Laser Melting Process

[6] Friday 11/11 3:00-4:00pm CB 106: Timothy Minton, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. Fundamental Studies of Material Response in Atmospheric Entry Environments

[7] Friday12/2 3:00-4:00pm CB 106: Ezequiel Medici, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI. Shock Tube Modeling of Explosive Volcanic Eruptions

[8] Friday 12/9 3:00-4:00pm CB 106: Morten Jensen, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. Utilizing Experimental and Computational Tools in Tandem for Development and Evaluation of Cardiovascular Devices