Larry Cartwright

Larry Cartwright, a mentor, professor, and friend, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

Cartwright was born October 8, 1945, in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. After serving in the U.S. Air Force in the Vietnam War, he enrolled in the civil engineering program at Carnegie Mellon, earning his BSCE in 1976. He joined the Department in 1977 as the manager of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Laboratories. Within five years, he became an instructor and his penchant for teaching quickly became clear.

Cartwright earned a master's degree in civil engineering in 1987. After promotions to senior lecturer and principal lecturer, Cartwright was designated a teaching professor in 2004, the highest rank for teaching faculty at CMU.

During his 38-year career, Cartwright was recognized many times for his teaching excellence and contributions to the university.

Cartwright’s heart was always in mentoring. Among his students’ favorite courses was Design and Construction, a junior-senior course Cartwright helped to develop and then led for over 25 years. This course brought students together from civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering and fine arts, to design and construct projects on campus from start to finish. Producing study spaces, pavilions and even an amphitheater, Cartwright and his students left a lasting, visible legacy on the CMU campus.

Cartwright retired from Carnegie Mellon in June 2013, but continued teaching part-time. In 2013, CEE alumni established the Lawrence Cartwright Support Fund for Teaching Professors, ensuring that Cartwright’s name will remain forever tied to civil and environmental engineering.

Professor Cartwright received many awards during his tenure at Carnegie Mellon. A few are listed below:

  • Ryan Award (1994)
  • Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award (2004)
  • Faculty Service Alumni Award (2007)
  • Andrew Carnegie Society Recognition Award (2016)


Christodoulos Floudas

The chemical engineering community mourns the loss Christodoulos "Chris" Floudas, who passed away on August 14, 2016. Floudas earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 1986. Afterwards, he pursued an exceptional career, first at Princeton University and then at Texas A&M, where he became the director of the Energy Institute. He made significant contributions to the field of process systems engineering, and he received many awards, including membership to the National Academy of Engineering and the U.S. National Academy of Inventors.


Fletcher Osterle

J. Fletcher Osterle, who devoted his entire career to Carnegie Mellon, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2016 at the age of 90.

In 1946, Osterle graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT) with a bachelor of science, but that milestone did not mark the end of his time at Carnegie Mellon.

Six years later, he earned both his master‘s and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He remained at Carnegie Mellon, becoming an instructor, assistant professor, and later the Theodore Ahrens Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

In the 1950s, Osterle’s research centered on lubrication, and in the 1960s it shifted to direct energy conservation. From 1975-1983, he served as the department head of nuclear science and engineering, and from 1985-1986, he served as acting head of the mechanical engineering department.

Osterle’s service earned him the prestigious Carnegie Mellon Alumni Merit Award in 1989. He remained a faculty member until 1995, when he retired and continued to be an actively involved alumnus. We remember and celebrate Osterle’s commitment to Carnegie Mellon and the field of engineering.