Distinguished Professor Emeritus George Burnet, wife Martha Anderson, receive Alumni Medal

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) Distinguished Professor Emeritus George Burnet and his wife Martha Anderson, both Iowa State University alumni, have each been announced as recipients of the Alumni Medal from the ISU Alumni Association.

The Alumni Medal is presented to individuals demonstrating long loyal service to the university through alumni-related activities, and is the premier award given to alumni by the association.

Burnet received a B.S. (1948), M.S. (1949), and Ph.D. (1951) in chemical engineering at Iowa State. After a few years in industry, Burnet enjoyed a 39-year career as an active faculty member in the ISU Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and served as department head from 1961-1978. He retired as Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 1995 and has remained involved in the CBE department. He was a key figure in planning the department’s centennial in 2013, which included authoring a book on the department’s first 100 years.

Martha Anderson is a 1948 home management alumna of Iowa State. She and George have been frequent guests at department events in recent years.