Centennial Campaign

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The support of our alumni and friends has always been critical to our successes, whether in the form of bricks and mortar, professorships, fellowship programs, scholarships or other programs. We enter our second century seeking to maintain and strengthen our programs through changes and innovations, and look forward to continued support via the Centennial Campaign. Three of our distinguished alumni are Honorary Co-Chairs of the Campaign; their agreement to serve in this role adds to their long-standing generosity, which has taken many forms. This includes major gifts to the department and the university as well as their time and wisdom as members of the department’s Advisory Council. The remarkable careers and records of engagement of these three alumni are reviewed below. We are grateful for their generosity and their leadership. We are also grateful for all gifts to the Department and the Centennial Campaign, which can be made online.

To learn more about supporting the department please contact Barbara Maylath, Director of Development for UD’s College of Engineering, at 302-831-7273 or

Bob and Jane Gore Centennial Chair

Bob and Jane Gore

We are delighted to announce a lead gift to the campaign of $3 million to establish the Bob and Jane Gore Centennial Chair in the department. Bob Gore '59 is one of the Honorary Co-Chairs of the campaign and this most recent gift continues his and his family's outstanding generosity to the University of Delaware. Learn more about Bob Gore's extraordinary career from an interview with him in the Scientists You Must Know series.

Honorary Co-Chairs

Morton Collins B1958

Morton Collins

Morton Collins is a General Partner of Battelle Ventures and Innovation Valley Partners. He has spent more than four decades investing in the fields of life sciences, electronic materials, communications and software. In 1968, Collins founded Data Science Ventures (DSV), a pioneering venture-capital firm that specialized in early-stage financing of hightechnology companies. For 30 years, Collins was a managing partner in four DSV partnerships. In 1997, he became a special limited partner of Cardinal Partners, the successor to the DSV series of partnerships. For his visionary leadership, Collins was chosen to chair President Ronald Reagan's Task Force on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and to serve as technology policy advisor to President George H. W. Bush. Collins is also a member of the Research Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences and a former president, director and chairman of the National Venture Capital Association. Collins has generously given both his time and money to his alma mater over the years. For nearly 30 years, he has been a member of Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Advisory Council, serving as the council's chairperson from 1984 – 2010. He also serves as a member of the President's Leadership Council. Collins has pledged $10 million for first-year graduate student fellowships in the College of Engineering and to support endeavors like the Class of 1958 Scholarship and the renovations to Colburn Lab. In recognition of his many achievements, Collins was awarded the 1989 University of Delaware Medal of Distinction.

Robert W. "Bob" Gore B1959

Bob Gore

Bob Gore was a UD sophomore studying chemical engineering when he first conceived the idea for an innovative multiconductor wiring strip called the MULTI-TET™ cable. Gore's invention became the first patent for W. L. Gore & Associates, the company founded by his parents in their Newark, Del. basement. Gore worked alongside his parents to build W. L. Gore into a global business. In 1969, NASA utilized W. L. Gore-manufactured cables on the Apollo 11 lunar landing. That same year, Gore discovered that stretching PTFE expanded the polymer into a strong, highly porous, versatile material, a discovery that resulted in GORE-TEX® fabrics, GLIDE® Floss and other expanded PTFE products. Gore served as president of the company from 1976-2000, and is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors. A legend in his field, Gore has been a National Academy of Engineering member since 1995, a recipient of the Chemists' Club Winthrop-Sears Medal from the Chemical Heritage Foundation and a recipient of the Society of Chemical Industry's Perkin Medal. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006. At UD, Gore sat on the Board of Trustees from 1992-2010, serving as vice chairman from 1999-2007 and currently serves on the department's Advisory Council. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from his alma mater in 2010. His philanthropic support can be seen throughout the UD campus. In the College of Engineering specifically, Gore has generously established a graduate fellowship, several named professorships, and supported the renovations to Colburn Lab. Most recently, he donated $10 million to benefit the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Lab. The facility's research wing is named the "Bob and Jane Gore Research Laboratories" in his honor.

Thomas L. Gutshall B1960

Thomas Gutshall

Thomas Gutshall is co-founder and former chairman of Cepheid, a leading molecular diagnostics company. The company's easyto-use molecular systems and tests are used in hospitals worldwide and by the U.S. Postal Service. In 2010, the company unveiled a test to rapidly diagnose tuberculosis that is endorsed by the World Health Organization. He remains a member of the company's board of directors. Gutshall has more than 35 years of experience in specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. He served as a Consultant to CV Therapeutics Inc. from 1996 to 2002 and served as its president and chief operating officer from 1995 to 1996. Prior to that, Gutshall served in several executive level positions with Syntex Corporation. A longstanding member of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Advisory Council, he and his wife, Kipp, are actively involved with the University and the department. In 2010, Gutshall co-chaired his 50th class reunion giving program, and in 2011, the couple endowed the University's first "career development" faculty chair to reward exceptional young faculty talent at the assistant or associate professor level. In 2012, Thomas H. Epps, III became the first professor named to the Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Career Development Chair.