ENS introduces Paul Buthod Endowed Chair

Monday, October 28, 2013

Alumnus Tom Russell honors past chemical engineering professor with endowed chair

The University of Tulsa College of Engineering and Natural Sciences is pleased to announce the establishment of the Paul Buthod Endowed Chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Paul Buthod Endowed ChairCreated by Tom (BS ’57) and Pam Russell, the Buthod chair honors the highly admired professor of petroleum refining and chemical engineering who served on the TU faculty for 42 years. Buthod passed away in November 2012.

Left: The College of Engineering and Natural Sciences celebrated the Paul Buthod Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering at a special reception on October 25, 2013. From left to right: TU president Steadman Upham, ENS Dean James R. Sorem, Professor Frank Manning, alumnus Tom Russell, Pam Russell and Chemical Engineering Department Chair Geoffrey Price.

“The Russells’ decision to commemorate Professor Buthod as a mentor and friend in this way will extend his legacy to future generations,” said James R. Sorem, dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

Buthod was highly regarded for his expertise in refining and heat transfer as well as his ability to make technical material clear and accessible to students. Among his many impressive teaching awards, he received a TU Outstanding Teacher Award and was inducted into the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame in 1982.

The Russells’ gift is the result of TU’s engineering program success that has progressed through the generations. After earning his degree, Tom built a notable career in the petroleum industry, an achievement he credits to Buthod and many other outstanding TU faculty.

“Paul Buthod was my favorite professor; and after watching him devote his career to the success of his students, I was inspired to follow his lead,” Russell said. “He encouraged us to be the best professional, the best faculty member, the best student possible. We learned to give it our all at whatever we set out to do.”

Veteran professor, researcher and chemical engineering consultant Frank Manning is the inaugural holder of the Paul Buthod Endowed Chair. With more than 50 years of teaching experience, Manning has led a broad range of chemical engineering, refining and production courses and served as principal or co-investigator on more than 40 research grants. He is the author of three books and more than 70 papers focused on petroleum refining, natural gas plants and oilfield processing.

Mona Chamberlin