Prof. Terry Collins is first recipient of $50,000 Charles E. Kaufman Award-Mellon College of Science - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, May 5, 2008

Prof. Terry Collins is first recipient of $50,000 Charles E. Kaufman Award

PITTSBURGH, Pa., May 5, 2008  --  Pioneering research in green chemistry has earned Terry Collins, Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University, the new $50,000 Charles E. Kaufman Award “for substantial contributions to science for both the betterment and understanding of human life.”

Prof. Collins is the first honoree of the Award – to be presented annually – established through a special fund created by Mr. Charles Kaufman, 95, at The Pittsburgh Foundation. Mr. Kaufman worked with the Hagan Corporation, which later became part of the Calgon Corporation, up to his retirement in 1970. He earned a Masters Degree in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University in the 1940s and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1936.

“This is my way to give back and to help promote a better and a fairer world,” he said. “I can accomplish more through others than I ever did myself, and the work in which Prof. Collins is involved is really important. I believe his research is going to make a big difference to our world and I’m very pleased that he has accepted the first Award.”

Prof. Collins, head of the Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University, has been recognized worldwide for his extensive scientific contributions to green chemistry, his dedication to education and his public advocacy for use of green chemistry to achieve a sustainable civilization. He has donated his $50,000 Award to the University to support his research team’s continued work.

“Our work at the University focuses on the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous compounds and my students will make a big impact in changing the world,” said Prof. Collins. “I am honored and delighted to be chosen as the first recipient of this Award.”

The Charles E. Kaufman Award Fund operates as a Supporting Organization of The Pittsburgh Foundation, with managerial oversight provided by a seven-member Board of Directors. The Award program was established to foster and encourage fundamental research in chemistry, biology and physics for both the betterment and the understanding of human life. Award nominations are assessed by a five-member Scientific Advisory Board, comprising accomplished experts in the science fields.

Nominations are solicited from selected colleges and universities in Pennsylvania that deliver graduate level programs. For the 2008 $50,000 Award, nominations must be received by The Pittsburgh Foundation by May 31, 2008 at 5 PPG Place, Suite 250, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Further information is available on the Foundation’s web site at

“It is significant that we have been able to inaugurate this Award program by honoring the preeminent achievements of Prof. Collins,” said Greg Curtis, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and a member of the Board of the Charles E. Kaufman Fund. “His is exactly the kind of groundbreaking work that Charles Kaufman envisioned when he established the Award to recognize and reward the very best and the brightest in their endeavors to make our community at large and our world a better place.”

The Pittsburgh Foundation is one of more than 750 community foundations in the United States and is the 14th largest with 1,200 individual endowment funds and assets of more than $750 million. The Foundation awarded grants of approximately $35 million in 2007.


Jocelyn Duffy