Peter D. and Catherine R. Meldrum

Endowed Professorship in Chemical Engineering

Pete Meldrum, president and CEO of Myriad Genetics was a co-founder and has been a director of the company since its inception 1991. Under Pete’s leadership, Myriad changed molecular diagnostics forever when it launched its BRAC Analysis test, the first molecular diagnostic test to measure the risk for a major disease–hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. In 2002, Pete was named by Scientific American magazine as one of the “Scientific American 50” — the magazine’s first list recognizing contributions to science and technology providing a vision of a better future. He received both a BS degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Utah. Pete was a founding member of the Engineering National Advisory Council serving from 2002 until 2006. After leading the company for 24 years, Pete will retire this June. Pete and Cathie have been actively involved in supporting the campus from Pioneer Theater, to Arts and Education, to the College of Engineering.


H. Kent Bowen

Endowed Professorship in Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Bowen received a BS in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Utah and a PhD in Materials Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the next 22 years, he was a faculty member at MIT in the departments of Materials Science and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He was Ford Professor of Engineering and Co-founder of the Leaders for Manufacturing Program. In 1992 he joined the faculty at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business and was the first holder of the Bruce Rauner Professorship. His research and teaching have focused on operations and technology management. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, and has served as a director and advisor of technology companies from startups to Fortune 50. In 2008, he accepted a call to serve as mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with his wife Kathy, and since 2012, has served as president of the Boston LDS Temple. Kent was the founding chairman of the Engineering National Advisory Council, a role he kept for eight years while setting the highest standards of excellence both for the board and the college.