About the Dean
Peter Kilpatrick serves as the McCloskey Dean of Engineering. An accomplished teacher and researcher, Kilpatrick joined the University in January 2008. He came to Notre Dame from North Carolina State University (NCSU), where he had served as chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering since 1999. He had been a member of the NCSU faculty for a total of 25 years.
Kilpatrick conducts research in colloidal and interfacial science, with an emphasis on the colloidal and molecular properties of crude oil and on biological membranes. His work is leading to oil production and refining that is both more energy efficient and better for the environment.
Among his accomplishments, Kilpatrick served as founding director of NCSU's Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center, an institute dedicated to educating students about pilot-scale protein manufacturing, with the aim of providing exceptional training to the next generation of biomanufacturers.
Kilpatrick earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Occidental College in Los Angeles and his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota.