ROMEOVILLE – 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.
As a mathematician who later turned his attention to computing, 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.
The Glenview 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 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 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 today or contact University Advancement at 815-836-5244.