Chemical and Biomedical Engineering


The Thomas Bell Lectureship in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering was established in 2017 in honor of former CSU chemical engineering faculty member, Dr. Donald J. Harvey as a result of a generous donation from CSU alumnus Mr. Thomas Bell. The Second Annual Bell Lecture was presented by Dr. Matteo Pasquali, Professor of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering and Chair of Chemistry at Rice University, and held on April 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM in Washkewicz Hall 405. Following the lecture, a reception took place along with tours of the newly built Washkewicz Hall.  All were invited to attend.

The Third Annual Bell Lectureship will be announced in the fall of 2018!



Dr. Donald J. Harvey

Dr. Harvey


Dr. Donald J. Harvey received a BS in Chemical Engineering, MS in Mathematics, MS in Chemical Engineering, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering, all from the University of Michigan. Dr. Harvey joined Cleveland State University as an Assistant Professor in 1968. He taught nearly every course in the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum (Material and Energy Balances, Thermodynamics, Transport I and II, Chemical Kinetics, Physical Chemistry, Unit Operations Lecture and Lab, Process Control, Numerical Methods) as well as graduate courses (Reactor Design, Engineering Thermodynamics, Dynamic Computer Simulation).  While at CSU, Dr. Harvey developed a dynamic simulation of a quad-evaporative system for caustic production for the Diamond Shamrock Chemical Company, which then hired him away from CSU in 1977. In 1985, he moved from Diamond Shamrock to Lubrizol, where he worked on the simulation of kinetics and plant operations in their pilot plant. He stayed at Lubrizol until his retirement in 1996.  He resides in Mentor, Ohio, with his wife of 60 years, Carol Harvey.  

Thomas Bell


Thomas BellThomas “Tom” Bell grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, graduating from Lakewood High School in 1968. After a brief stint working in the local steel industry, he attended Cleveland State University from 1969 to 1974, when he graduated with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering. During his college days he worked as a co-op engineer for the Linde Division of Union Carbide Corporation (now Praxair, soon to be merged with Linde AG). His early career focused on manufacturing positions in coke byproducts, specialty chemicals, and polymers working for US Steel and Air Products & Chemicals. In 1982 he graduated from CSU with an MBA while managing a manufacturing facility in Cleveland, and was transferred to Air Product’s corporate offices into a commercial position. In 1986 he moved into the synthetic rubber industry with Polysar and later DSM Elastomers (now Arlanxeo). His last corporate position was with Kuraray Corporation, a producer of high performance styrenic block copolymers, as the commercial director for the Americas. Mr. Bell started his current business, S & T Group LLC, as a marketing services consultant and trader in the synthetic elastomers industry in 2009. He currently works with major and small polymer manufacturing and consuming entities in the development of new products, markets and customers.


First Bell Lecturer 2017: Dr. Michael Solomon, University of Michigan

Second Bell Lecturer 2018: Dr. Matteo Pasquali, Rice University