Dr. Robert Amai Chemistry Award

Dr. Amai with the Chemistry Club in 1963

Dr. Amai joined the research staff at Highlands in 1962 and became a member of the chemistry faculty in 1962.

From 1969 to 1974, Dr. Robert Amai served as the chairman of the Chemistry Department. During his tenure, he also served as the graduate dean and adviser to international students.

In 1986, Dr. Amai became the first faculty member to receive both the Professor of the Year award and the Exceptional Service to the University awards in the same year.

When asked about his involvement with Highlands and the community, Dr. Amai said, “We like to do something for the community, and it’s always fun because you’re interacting with other people. It’s about bringing joy to someone for a little while, and you hope it has a lasting effect.”

Those of us who were fortunate to have worked with Dr. Amai knew him as overpoweringly optimistic, a mentor, and a strong supporter of Highlands University and our students. For more than 50 years, his commitment to our students, many who have gone on to distinguished scientific careers, is unmatched in the university history.

Former students of Dr. Amai’s have started a scholarship fund in his name through the Highlands Foundation. If you’d like to contribute, you can donate online and designate your gift for the Dr. Robert Amai Chemistry Award, or call us at 505-454-3248 to discuss giving options.