University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler will headline the next "1st Tuesday Speaker Series" on December 6 at 11:30 a.m. in the University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center.

Kaler is the 16th president of the University and is the second University alumnus to serve as president of Minnesota's land-grant and research University. Prior to assuming the presidency at the University of Minnesota on July 1, 2011, Kaler served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and vice president for Brookhaven affairs at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York.

Before his appointment as provost of Stony Brook in October 2007, Kaler was a member of the faculty at the University of Delaware from 1989 to 2007. He served as chair of the Chemical Engineering Department from 1996 to 2000 and dean of the College of Engineering from 2000 to 2007. Kaler was named the Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1998. He was an assistant professor and an associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Washington from 1982 to 1989.

Kaler received his undergraduate degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1978 and his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1982.

He has received many awards and recognitions for his research, including election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010.