Computational Lab Adds Paul and Kathleen Kaiser to its Name

Computational Lab Adds Paul and Kathleen Kaiser to its Name

Published: March 27, 2017.


Kathleen and Paul Kaiser

Lewis University dedicated a computational science lab in honor of Paul and Kathleen Kaiser on March 14. The lab is housed in the Science Center on the main campus and will provide new opportunities for students of multiple disciplines to use computers to advance science by modeling and simulating the physical world.

“In the sciences, we need to be able to simulate systems to predict their behavior before we invest in expensive lab setups to test our theories,” said Dr. Ray Klump, chair of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. “Beyond the sciences, this lab will enhance our students’ engagement in creative work, such as composing new pieces of electroacoustic music, or in visualizing scenes with amazing levels of detail.”

As a mathematician who later turned his attention to computing, Dr. Paul Kaiser championed computational science – the study of how computers perform calculations and the very nature of what is calculable - as an area of academic focus at Lewis University. It is a field that blends theory and practice well, and it has helped launch the careers of thousands of graduates over the past 30 years.

“It is our professors who create the most significant impact on our students. Paul Kaiser is one of our extraordinary professors,” said Dr. David Livingston, President of Lewis University.

“Together with his wife Kathleen – who has devoted both time and support to organizations that support children – the Kaisers have provided a strong foundation of Mission, education and determination to Lewis University and to the community for more than 40 years.”

The couple was previously honored as recipients of Lewis University’s De La Salle Award in 2001 and the Frank J. Lewis Philanthropists of the Year Award in 2012. Professor Emeritus Dr. Paul Kaiser and Kathleen first met in 1964 while volunteering at the Rosemary Home for Handicapped Children. Paul began his 34-year teaching and administrative career at Lewis University as an assistant professor in mathematics, and rose to the rank of tenured professor in 1982. His leadership has included service as Dean of Student Services, Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Kathleen held a career as an individual and family counselor, and has been a longtime supporter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, a program to mentor children in need; the Head Start Program of Will County which provides valuable services to low-income children and their families; and a very generous volunteer for JACOB (Joliet Area Church-Based Organized Body).

Firm believers in a strong, Catholic education, they are proud parents of two Lewis University graduates, Carolyn and Kevin.

Lewis University is still building a supercomputer that will be housed in the lab in honor of Dr. Paul Kaiser. The system is expected to be operational by the 2017 fall semester. Donations are currently being accepted for the supercomputer. Visit www.give.lewisu.edu/supercomputer2017 to make a gift or contact University Advancement at (815) 836-5244.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.



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