Bunge selected as Mines Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecturer
GOLDEN, Colo., DATE, 2011 – Dr. Annette Bunge, professor emeritus of chemical engineering at Colorado School of Mines, was chosen by her peers as the 2010 Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecturer.
Dr. Bunge joined the Mines faculty in 1981. She continues to work on research and as a mentor to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty. Dr. Bunge’s academic career has been characterized by transitions. She was the only female student in all of her undergraduate chemical engineering classes at the University of Oklahoma (1972-1975) and at the State University of New York (1975-1976), where she graduated summa cum laude. She was among the first few females to receive a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Berkeley. At Mines she was the first female professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, and the first female assistant professor at the school to achieve the rank of professor.
In research Dr. Bunge adapted to changing scientific needs by moving from her doctoral work on enhanced oil recovery to her focus for most of the last 25 years: absorption of chemicals into human skin. She was the principal investigator on the first research contracts to Mines from the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. She organized and currently directs the Center for Environmental Risk Assessment at Mines.
Dr. Bunge has B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. She has been principal investigator or a significant contributor on research projects totaling more than $10 million. She has published more than 60 refereed papers, 20 book chapters and 130 conference proceedings, and she has given invited lectures at international conferences in Europe, Australia and South America.
The Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecturer Award, established in 1990, gives Mines faculty the opportunity to annually recognize one of their outstanding colleagues. They select a lecturer admired and respected as an educator, as well as a person known for having stimulating ideas to convey and an ability to communicate those ideas effectively.