The Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering
Peter Kilpatrick was appointed McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering in 2007. Prior to that, he was the longstanding chair of the highly ranked chemical engineering department at North Carolina State University (NCSU). He now serves concurrently as professor of chemical engineering.
Researching in the areas of colloidal and interfacial science, Kilpatrick’s work has led to chemical processes that are both more energy efficient and better for the environment. Among his major career accomplishments is the founding of NCSU’s Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC), an institute dedicated to training the next generation of biomanufacturers.
Kilpatrick’s vision for the College of Engineering—as a place where students and faculty utilize their engineering knowledge to build a better world—is rooted in his strong Catholic faith. Committed to what he calls “engineering with a soul,” Kilpatrick has helped to advance the college’s global impact in, among other important areas, water purification and sustainability, biomedical engineering, and energy and the environment. He also teaches courses in technology and ethics, with an emphasis on forming students in technology assessment, ethical decision making, and virtuous living.
Notre Dame parent Thomas D. McCloskey Sr. established this professorship in honor of his father, founder of McCloskey & Co., a major builder and real estate developer. Matthew was nominated by President John F. Kennedy as the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, serving 18 months in Dublin.