Dr. Peter J. Reilly
Peter J. Reilly, a New Jersey native, received an A.B. in chemistry in 1960 from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1964 from the University of Pennsylvania. He spent four years with DuPont's Organic Chemicals Department in Deepwater, New Jersey; six years at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln; and since 1974 has been at Iowa State University, where he was, until his retirement in 2014, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering. During the 1983–84 and 1992–93 academic years, he was an invited professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He has also spent extended periods at the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland and the Zuckerinstitut of the Technische Universität Braunschweig.
Dr. Reilly's research interests are in the areas of enzyme and carbohydrate technology and utilization of agricultural byproducts, specifically in computational and experimental studies of enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulosics and synthesis of fatty acids. He coordinates Iowa State University's exchange program with the University of Lausanne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.