Eduardo D. Glandt

Nemirovsky Family Dean Emeritus of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania

Eduardo Glandt is the Nemirovsky Family Dean Emeritus of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Glandt is a chemical engineer and a renowned expert in thermodynamics.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honorary society.  He was the recipient of the Reid Warren and the Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching from Penn and of the Victor K. LaMer Research Award from the American Chemical Society.  Prominent among numerous other honors was his election to the National Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences of Argentina. 

Upon taking the deanship in 1998, Glandt put into place a strategic plan for achieving excellence in Engineering and recruited 84 new world-class professors while increasing faculty diversity.  The faculty size grew from 95 in 1998 to 115 in 2015, enrollments grew from 140 to 800 for Masters and from 225 to 430 for PhDs, while undergraduate applications and student qualifications increased dramatically.  The School’s endowment increased from $116M to $300M and research funding from $22M to $70M.  Philanthropic contributions to Penn Engineering during his term amounted to $280M.  The School’s total revenues increased four-fold, from $41M in 2000 to a projected $166M in 2012. 

Glandt drove the civic engagement of Penn Engineering by forging relationships with city and regional leaders and local industry.  He was and remains highly active in the national engineering scene, serving on numerous academic and professional boards, lobbying in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Washington and representing Penn Engineering to alumni, prospective students, parents and corporations around the planet.  He established alumni networks and advisory boards in several high-tech and financial centers, including Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, London and Mumbai.  

Glandt was a driving force in the beautification of the Penn campus, leading the fundraising for and serving as client for three major facilities at the interface between the University and Philadelphia.  Award-winning Levine Hall, completed in 2004, quickly became a hub for information technology.  Both Skirkanich Hall, home of bioengineering and biotechnology, completed in 2006, and the Singh Center for Nanotechnology, completed in 2013, were proclaimed “Best Building in Philadelphia” and each received, upon inauguration, the covetted Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.  These three facilities serve the city and the region by spinning out new technologies and start-ups.

Under Glandt’s leadership, Penn Engineering became a force for community engagement, partnering with numerous local high schools, establishing a greatly popular Summer Academy in Applied Science and Technology for pre-college youth, a Management-and-Technology Summer Institute, and the Innoworks programs for rising 8th and 9th grade low-income students in the Philadelphia area.  Student activities thrived.  Penn Apps, a bi-yearly event, became the largest student-run hackathon in America.

Glandt serves on the Board of the Chemical Heritage Foundation and is Chairman Elect of the Board of the Foundation of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  He also serves of the Board of the Hoover Medal and is incoming Chair of the National Academy of Engineering’s Committee for the Draper Prize, regarded as the equivalent of the “Nobel Prize in Engineering.”

Glandt received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Buenos Aires in 1968 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Penn in 1977.