Why do we hold the Annual Kenneth C. Schraut Memorial Lecture?

This lecture is held each year in honor of Dr. Kenneth C. Schraut. It is funded entirely from alumni contributions.

Kenneth Charles Schraut was a professor of mathematics at the University of Dayton for over 50 years. He was born in Hillsboro, Illinois, on May 19, 1913 and received his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1936 from the University of Illinois. He earned both a master's degree (1938) and a Ph.D. (1940) from the University of Cincinnati.

He taught full-time at UD from 1940- to 1978 and continued teaching part-time from 1978 to 1993. Schraut was chair of the Department of Mathematics from 1954 to 1970 and founded a summer institute for high school mathematics teachers on campus. He taught math classes to business and pre-medical students, along with algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and advanced engineering mathematics. Schraut established the UD chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon (National Mathematics Honor Society) and was an advisor for premedical students.

Among his most notable accomplishments was his pioneering work with what became the University of Dayton Research Institute. In 1949, Schraut and ten students received a $10,200 contract from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) to analyze or "reduce" aircraft flight load data. This project, which became known as Project Globe, was followed by a second data reduction contract for $25,000. During 1951-1952, Dr. Schraut directed the expansion of research efforts at UD. In 1952, he began Project Delta, recruiting full-time professional researchers for nuclear weapons effects research. From these beginnings, sponsored research at UD grew to $1 million by 1956 and on September 1 of that year, the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) was formally established.

Dr. Schraut's civic and professional activities included the American Math Society; the Math Association of America; the American Society for Engineering Education, for which he was chairman of the Math Division; the American Association of University Professors; the Metropolitan Dayton Honors Society; and the National Science Foundation Summer Institute, which he directed in 1959 and 1961-1967.

The UD Libraries retains a collection of Dr. Schraut's papers.  Learn more >>