Professor James E. Peters
September 11, 1954–May 30, 2000
Professor James E. Peters was a devoted and dedicated faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for close to twenty years. He received all his degrees from Purdue University — a Bachelor’s degree in 1976, a Master’s degree in 1978, and his Doctoral degree in 1981. Shortly after his graduation, Dr. Peters joined Illinois as an assistant professor and rose through the ranks to full professor in 1991. Professor Peters had been selected as the first James W. Bayne Professor and his appointment was being processed at the time of his passing. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign awarded this professorship appointment to Professor Peters posthumously.
Professor Peters was a superb and dynamic teacher. He was exceptionally clear in his thinking and presentations, and he was extremely patient and helpful....