Alan West, Department Chair and Professor, has been named the Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Electrochemistry.

Professor West’s research focuses on fundamentals underlying electrochemical technologies, including microfabrication processes, sensors, fuel cells, and batteries.

The endowed chair was created in 1982 with a gift from Duracell, Inc. to honor Samuel Ruben, a prolific inventor and scholar, and Peter G. Viele, who was then the head of Duracell.Mr. Ruben, was associated with Columbia University for many years and received an honorary doctorate from Columbia, Butler University and Polytechnique University.A NY Times obituary can be found at NYTimesObit and a short biography can be found of Mr. Ruben at InterfaceBio.

Professor Huk Y. Cheh, currently the Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor Emeritus of Electrochemistry, was the first to hold the chair.Professor Cheh left Columbia in 2000 to become the Vice-President of Research and Development at Duracell, Inc.He retired in 2005, and currently lives in Connecticut, where he remains active in consulting for battery and other energy conversion technologies.

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