College of Natural Sciences

Endowed Chairs

tom_rovis[1]John K. Stille College Chair in Chemistry – Tom Rovis

Tom Rovis, who joined Colorado State University’s chemistry faculty in 2000, has won numerous awards for his groundbreaking work in organic chemistry. In 2013, he won the Katritzky Award from the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry, and in 2005, he was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. Rovis was a Monfort Professor – one of CSU’s most prestigious faculty honors – from 2005-07.

Rovis’s current work focuses on organic synthesis and methods that will make the creation of complex molecules faster and simpler.

If Rovis and his team of graduate and undergraduate researchers can find ways to speed the process, scientists searching for a cure for cancer, for example, will be able to test results much faster than current methods allow.

margaret_cheney[1]Albert C. Yates College Chair in Mathematics – Margaret Cheney

Margaret Cheney received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from Oberlin College and her doctorate in mathematics from Indiana University. In 2012, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Oberlin. Before coming to Colorado State University, Cheney held positions at Duke University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Cheney’s vast research has focused on coupling disparate radar solutions in ways that previously were unknown. Her use of microlocal analysis with high-frequency radar scattering has attracted attention as a method that she has now has proven particularly relevant to the problems of radar target detection, tracking, and imaging.

Research is a primary component of Cheney’s work, and she has taken several visiting positions at numerous laboratories, universities, and institutes. These include the Naval Research Laboratory, the U.S. Air Force Research Lab, Stanford, Lund University, the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.

She has written more than 120 research articles and has coauthored the book Fundamentals of Radar Imaging with B. Borden. She is currently an editor for Inverse Problems and Inverse Problems and Imaging and has been on several editorial boards for various journals. A Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Cheney also served on the board of trustees of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics from 1996 to 2004.

Chairs Currently Open:

  • Albert I. Meyers College Chair in Chemistry
  • Dr. Robert Williams Endowed Chair in Chemistry – Learn more here.