Praxair Inc has pledged a $250,000 gift to establish the Praxair Professor in Operations Research at the University of Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a further $25,000 gift to support the university's annual Business Partners Day.

Mark H. Karwan, University of Buffalo professor of industrial and systems engineering and the dean of the school from 1994 to 2006, will be named to the professorship.

Steve Lerner, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Praxair, commented on the gifts and the partnership between the company and university as he said, $quot;Through the years, Praxair has benefited from the knowledge and experience of one of UB's most accomplished and respected scholars in the field of operations research. It gives us pleasure to be able to honour him through a gift to the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. We enjoy our partnership with UB and look forward to continued collaboration.$quot;

Praxair's support of UB (University of Buffalo) includes multidisciplinary optimisation research, lecture series, fellowships in chemical engineering, internships, and various sponsorships of UB engineering events.
The gift will complement Karwan's research in the fields of mathematical programming, applied operations and multiple-criteria decision making and teaching.

Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America and has been a valued corporate partner of the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for many years.