troutsmallBernhardt L. Trout
Director, MIT Benjamin Franklin Project
Raymond F. Baddour, ScD, (1949) Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT

Bernhardt L. Trout is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT. In addition to his role in the Benjamin Franklin Project, he is Director of the Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing. He received his S.B. and S.M. degrees from MIT and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, he performed post-doctoral research at the Max-Planck Institute.

Professor Trout’s passion is to educate engineering students broadly to give them the ethical and leadership foundations for success in the broadest sense. Trout’s research focuses on molecular engineering, specifically the development and application of both computational and experimental molecular-based methods to engineering pharmaceutical formulations and processes with unprecedented specificity. Since 1999, he has focused on molecular engineering for biopharmaceutical formulation, primarily liquid formulation, but also lyophilized formulation. A major aspect of his research focuses on developing both microscopic and macroscopic models to design stable formulations efficiently. In 2007, with several colleagues from MIT, he set up the Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing, a $85 million partnership with the objective of transforming pharmaceutical manufacturing. In addition to Novartis, he has worked with many other pharmaceutical companies in research or consulting. He has published over 150 papers and currently has 21 patent applications.

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IMG_0238danielDaniel Doneson, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT

Daniel Doneson was educated in philosophy and classics at Harvard and Swarthmore and received his Ph.D. as a Century Fellow from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. He has held fellowships and taught at the Centre Raymond Aron of the École Des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris; the Rosenzweig Center of the Hebrew University and the Van Leer Institute, both in Jerusalem; and the Lauder School of Government Strategy and Diplomacy, The IDC, Herzliya, Israel.  In addition he has held fellowships and taught at the University of Virginia in their Program in Constitutionalism and Democracy and The Program in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law, both of the The Department of Politics, as well as in The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.  He has written and lectured widely on issues in philosophy, politics and ethics, especailly in relation to modern science and technology for both the scholarly and popular presses.

MinkovSvetozar2Svetozar Minkov, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Roosevelt University

Svetozar Minkov (Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago) is an associate professor of philosophy at Roosevelt University. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, Kenyon College, MIT, and the Catholic University of Portugal. He studies the relation between political philosophy and natural science. He is the author of Francis Bacon’s “Inquiry Touching the Human Good,” co-translator and co-editor of Strauss’s Hobbes’s Critique of Religion, author and editor of Enlightening Revolutions: Essays in Honor of Ralph Lerner and of Man and His Enemies: Essays on Carl Schmitt. His latest book, Strauss on Science, will appear in 2016.