Grant Willson and Luis Caffarelli
Last night, the Tower glowed orange in honor of Dr. Grant Willson, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering and winner of the prestigious Japan Prize. He won the prize for his development of a process now used to manufacture nearly all of the microprocessors and memory chips in the world. Grant joined the faculties of the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at UT Austin in 1993. His previous honors include the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
Tonight, we light the Tower again, this time for Dr. Luis Caffarelli, professor of mathematics and winner of the 2014 American Mathematical Society Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research. Caffarelli, a native Argentinian, joined our faculty in 1997. His previous prizes include the Wolf Prize, the Bôcher Memorial Prize, and the Rolf Schock Prize. This is his second Steele Prize; in 2009 he won the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement.
I know you share my immense pride in Grant, Luis, and our entire faculty, both for the world-class education they give our students and the honor they bring to The University of Texas through achievements like these.
What starts here changes the world.