Carnegie Mellon University
March 31, 2015

The 2015 Herbert L Toor Chemical Industry Lectureship

The 2015 Herbert L Toor Chemical Industry Lectureship

Lecturer:  Scott Whalen

Title: Chemical Engineering in the 21st Century Global Economy – Some Practical Lessons

The word “globalization” is a bit of a conundrum, stirring different thoughts and emotions in those who hear it.  Some see economic opportunity and progress, while others think of economic disparity and outsourcing.  This lecture will explore the pros and cons of globalization that chemical engineers will face in today’s world and share some real-world examples experienced by the author over his 34 year career at Procter & Gamble.

March 31, 2015 - 10:45-12:00 Noon - Doherty Hall, Room 1112

Scott Whalen is Director of Research & Development for Global Oral Care at Procter & Gamble.  In this capacity, he has responsibility for brands such as Crest, Oral-B, Fixodent, and Scope.  He is also responsible for the Company’s multifunctional recruiting and university relations work at Carnegie Mellon University and has recruited CMU Engineering students for P&G for over 25 years.

Scott received degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics from Carnegie Mellon and began his career in Product Development at Procter & Gamble in 1981.  He has spent the great majority of his career working in R&D in various parts of the Company’s global Health Care business, specifically Oral Care and Personal Health Care.  He has also done a considerable amount of work in new business development and joint ventures.  As the R&D leader for the company’s Future Works organization, he led the creation of the Swiss Precision Diagnostics Joint Venture (medical diagnostics with Alere) and managed the Glad Joint Venture (trash bags and food storage products with Clorox) for over a decade.  From Future Works, Scott moved to Hair Care, where he assumed responsibility for the global Head & Shoulders and the Hair and Scalp Biology programs.  He returned to Oral Care in his current role in 2012.

Scott currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Chemical Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University.  He is also a member of the International Association for Dental Research and has been very active in a number of community service and education-related activities in Cincinnati

About The Herbert L Toor Chemical Indistry Lectureship

Herbert ToorHerb Toor’s 39-year career at Carnegie Mellon has been distinguished by his teaching and scholarship, his leadership and his personality.  After receiving B.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Drexel and Northwestern, respectively, he worked at Monsanto before joining Carnegie Mellon as an Assistant Professor.  He was promoted to Professor in 1961, served as Head of Chemical Engineering during 1967-70 and Dean of Carnegie Institute of Technology during 1970-79.  Professional honors include the Colburn Award of AIChE  (1986) and membership in the National Academy of Engineering (1990).
He is internationally recognized for his research in the fields of diffusional mass transfer, multiphase processes, and chemical reactions in turbulent flows.  His leadership at Carnegie Mellon resulted in the formation of premier interdisciplinary programs in engineering and public policy and in computer-aided design.  He was also one of the first strong advocates of minorities and women in engineering. 

It is the purpose of this lectureship to honor and recognize a distinguished member of the chemical industry who has been active in promoting closer links between industry and academia.  In the spirit of Professor Herbert L. Toor’s ideals, the objectives are to expose faculty and students from the Chemical Engineering Department to real world issues, and to stimulate their interests in education and research in industrially relevant problems.
Dr. Toor retired to Vermont and passed away July 15, 2011.