John L. Anderson


John L. Anderson

Chemical Engineering
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


John L. Anderson is Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).  On August 1, 2015, he stepped down from president of IIT after serving eight years in that capacity.  His research and teaching interests are in colloid and membrane science, electrokinetic phenomena and fluid dynamics.

A Wilmington, Del., native, Anderson served as provost of Case Western Reserve University from 2004 until joining IIT in 2007. Prior to Case Western, he served for 28 years at Carnegie Mellon University, including eight years as dean of the College of Engineering. He was a member of the Cornell University faculty before joining Carnegie Mellon.

Anderson received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois (Urbana Champaign). Anderson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has held visiting professorships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Melbourne (Australia), and Landbouwuniversiteit Wageningen (the Netherlands).

He has presented guest lectureships at universities throughout the United States, and is the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. Anderson and his wife, Pat, have two children and five grandchildren.

Dr. Anderson was appointed to the Board in 2014.