Curtis Clump joined the Lehigh faculty in 1955 was promoted to professor in 1965, chaired the chemical engineering department in 1969-70, and became associate dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences in 1975.
In 1960, Clump was co-author of a highly regarded textbook titled Principles of Unit Operations along with professors Alan S. Foust, Lehigh's first chair of chemical engineering, Leonard A. Wenzel, Louis J. Maus, Jr., '51PhD, and Laird Bryce Andersen, who moved on to Rice in 1959. This book helped bring world reknown to the chemical engineering department of Lehigh University.
Before coming to Lehigh, Clump served as a first lieutenant with the 755th Squadron of the 458th Bomber Group of the U.S. Army's 2nd Air Division in World War II. He flew 31 sorties from June to September of 1944 as a navigator on a B-24 combat aircraft and received a Certificate of Valor. After the war, Clump received a B.S. and M.S. from Bucknell University, and, in 1954, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology.