Ben Hunt honored with endowed CMU professorship

Six Mellon College of Science (MCS) faculty members have been honored with professorships to support their work in biological sciences and physics. Alison Barth, Luisa Hiller, Veronica Hinman, Benjamin Hunt, Sandra Kuhlman and Curtis Meyer were recognized at a reception Sept. 12 in the Mellon Institute. 

“An endowed professorship is one of the highest honors that our institution bestows upon faculty, and this honor symbolizes the high esteem to which they are held,” said Carnegie Mellon University Provost Jim Garrett.

Barth, Hinman and Meyer received endowed professorships that will support their work at Carnegie Mellon. Hiller, Hunt and Kuhlman received career development professorships that support scientists at the beginning of their careers.

“Each of these faculty members are being recognized for their important work in fields that will be some of the most important of the 21st century,” said Rebecca W. Doerge, Glen de Vries Dean of the Mellon College of Science. “While their discoveries will make a significant impact in the world, that impact is equaled by their contributions to the students who they teach in class and mentor in the lab.”

Falco DeBenedetti Career Development Professorship in Physics 
Benjamin Hunt, Assistant Professor of Physics

Ben Hunt joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty after earning his Ph.D. at Cornell University and completing postdoctoral research at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An experimental condensed matter physicist, Hunt studies the complex behavior matter exhibits in the quantum limit, including in two-dimensional materials. Hunt has received an Early Career Award from the Department of Energy and a Cottrell Scholar Award.

Emma Falco DeBenedetti established the Falco-DeBenedetti Professorship in 2013 in memory of her husband, Sergio DeBenedetti. DeBenedetti joined Carnegie Tech in 1949 and taught and conducted research at Carnegie Tech and Carnegie Mellon until he retired in 1984.

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Written by Jocelyn Duffy