Title and Description Page
Childhood and Early Education 1
Family background. Genealogical interests stimulated by 1952 trip the father's German birthplace. Sibling, stepfather. Attendance at country school, encouragement to continue on to high school. Work in machine shop.
Studies at the University of Michigan 8
Admission to University and extramural employment as office cleaner, restaurant worker and summers in the machine shop. First car and tour of North Dakota. Assistant to George Granger Brown, laboratory studies on distillation, some related to patent cases. Ph.D. research. Courses and faculty at Michigan. Influence of Bartell and his teaching of surface chemistry; anecdotes on surface chemical applications useful to Katz in his career. Further discussion of chemical engineering at University of Michigan in 1930s. Effect of the Depression, especially on fellow students.
Phillips Petroleum Company 20
The laboratories at Bartlesville, initial assignments on oil reservoirs. Set up of field well testing unit. Organization of Phillips research activities.
Faculty position at University of Michigan 25
Return to Ann Arbor as assistant professor, beginning research projects and outside consulting. The bibliography on PVT properties of hydrocarbons. Summer work in industry. Early graduate students; fatal accident to one of them. War years at the University, changed teaching responsibilities and research interests. Safety concerns. Properties of liquid metals, work at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Chairman of Chemical Engineering Department 36
Successor to Brown as departmental chairman, further reminiscences of Brown. Changes in the chemical engineering curriculum; impact of computational studies. Ford Foundation funding for the introduction of computer education into chemical engineering.. Origins of the Handbook of Natural Gas Engineering. Consulting on pipelines. Sabbatical in South America. Safety procedures and the hazards of transportation of chemical substances. Underground storage of gas and air. Changes in the chemical engineering profession.