Bernhardt L. Trout, Ph. D.
Director, MIT Benjamin Franklin Project
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT

Bernhardt L. TroutBernhardt 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 and the Co-Chair of the Singapore-MIT Alliance Program on Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering. 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.  His research focuses on Pharmaceutical crystallization and separations, Pharmaceutical manufacturing and development, biopharmaceutical (protein and antibody) processes and stabilization, multi-scale modeling, electronic-structure calculations, and rare events simulations in order to engineering chemical products and processes with unprecedented specificity.  In 2007, together with several colleagues from MIT, he set up the Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing, an $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 130 papers and currently has 10 patents pending.

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

Daniel DonesonDaniel 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, especially in relation to modern science and technology for both the scholarly and popular presses.

Kathryn E. Hansen, Ph. D.
Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT

Kathryn SensenKathryn Hansen is a Lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department at MIT. She teaches a freshman seminar on “Engineering, Science, and the Good Life,” and serves as an academic adviser to freshmen. She received both her A.B. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. She has also done research at Cambridge University, and has taught at both Tulane and Harvard.

Dr. Hansen loves helping students to examine and reflect on the ends or goods for the sake of which they pursue science and engineering. Most students would like to improve the world, and make a good life for themselves. But what does it mean to live a good life? And what sorts of changes would truly make society better? These aren’t easy questions to answer, but Dr. Hansen thinks they are necessary ones for any thoughtful student of science and engineering to reflect on. Her own work has explored the question of how the study of nature may—or may not—help to provide normative guidance for human life. She has examined this question particularly through a careful study of Aristotle, who was outstanding as both a political scientist and natural scientist, and whose approach differs from that of modern scientists in ways that are often instructive.

Affiliated Faculty

Karen K. GleasonKaren K. Gleason
Alexander and I. Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering



Barry S. JohnstonBarry S. Johnston
Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Officer, Department of Chemical Engineering



Kristala L. Jones PratherKristala L. Jones Prather
Theodore T. Miller Career Development Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering



Shankar RamanShankar Raman
Professor of Literature



Natasha ShüllNatasha Shüll
Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society



Roe photoMerritt Roe Smith
Leverett and William Cutten Professor of the History of Technology



George StephanopoulosGeorge Stephanopoulos
Arthur D. Little Professor of Chemical Engineering