Jared Anderson, professor of chemistry at Iowa State University and faculty scientist at Ames Laboratory, has been named the inaugural holder of the Alice Hudson Professorship in Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The professorship recognizes a faculty member who embodies the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking and provides students the opportunity to work with premier researchers and educators.
Anderson was presented with the professorship at an April 29 medallion ceremony hosted by Beate Schmittmann, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
“This professorship is an excellent way to recognize Jared Anderson’s high-caliber work,” said Schmittmann. “Alice Hudson’s generosity will help advance the work in Jared’s lab and provide students with unique opportunities to participate in innovative research.”
Anderson specializes in separation science, chromatography and sample preparation. He is an accomplished researcher with more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and he holds seven patents. Anderson was a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award, Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award and the American Chemical Society Young Investigator in Separation Science Award. In 2014 and 2019, he was included in the “Top 40 under 40” and “Top 100 Analytical Scientists Worldwide” Power List, respectively, by The Analytical Scientist. In 2019, he was given the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Dean’s Emerging Leader Award at Iowa State.
He joined the chemistry faculty at Iowa State in 2015. Previously, he was a faculty member at The University of Toledo. He earned his bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University and his doctorate from Iowa State in 2005.
“When I first met Ms. Hudson, she told me that the skills and opportunities offered to her as a student at Iowa State were highly impactful throughout her phenomenal career,” Anderson said. “I will use the professorship to provide those same opportunities to students in my lab by nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. The impact I make as a professor is measured largely by the combined societal impact my students will make in their future careers.”
The endowed chair was made possible through a generous gift from Hudson. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Iowa State in 1963. She became an innovator and successful entrepreneur, acquiring 25 patents and building Surface Chemists of Florida, the research and development company she ran for more than 30 years before it converted to employee ownership in 2015. She established the professorship in their honor.
Hudson made her gift through the Iowa State University Foundation. The foundation is a private, nonprofit organization committed to securing and managing gifts that benefit Iowa State University. The Forever True, For Iowa State campaign, with a historic goal to raise $1.5 billion, will help support Iowa State in becoming the premier land-grant university for the 21st century and beyond.