when it named the building housing the chemical engineering department as Amundson Hall in 1979. Amundson joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston in 1977 and led to its prominence as well.
During his career, Amundson received a large number of prestigious awards from professional societies, such as the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education, and the American Chemical Society. He was elected as a member of many prestigious societies, including the National Academy of Engineering (1970), the National Academy of Sciences (1992), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1992). The International Symposia of Chemical Reaction Engineering named an award in his honor to recognize a pioneer in the field and made him the first recipient in 1996. He also received the NAE Founders Award (1990) and honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Guadalajara, and Northwestern University.
Neal Amundson was born on January 10, 1916, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He earned both a B.S. and an M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1937 and 1941, respectively, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Minnesota in 1945. He married Shirley Dimond on September 25, 1941, who survives him along with their children, Gregg, Beth, and Erik as well as six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Among his hobbies was that of raising orchids, and at one time he held one of the largest private collections in the country.