Recent CBE graduates Stephanie Noble ’12 and Jasmine Edelstein ’14, as well as graduating senior Zachary Schiffer ’16 have won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Stephanie is currently at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, studying Biomedical Engineering and Stephanie is studying Neuroscience at Yale University. This award "recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students … who are pursuing research-based Master'
Departmental alumni Mort Collins *63 and Tom Connelly ’74 were elected as members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Dr. Collins, a managing partner of Battelle Ventures LLC, was cited “for accomplishments as a builder and manager of technology-based companies and as an adviser to government and universities.” Dr. Connely is currently executive
Cato Laurencin '80 is one of the latest recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, as announced by a White House press release. The award "recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce.” Dr. Laurencin is a University Professor at the University of Connecticut, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Institute
Professor Jackie Ying *91, Executive Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore has won the inaugural Mustafa Prize “Top Scientific Achievement” Award. Prof. Ying is cited for her “scientific and technological contributions and achievements to the synthesis of well-designed advanced nanostructured materials and systems, nanostructured biomaterials and miniaturized&n
On November 18, Merck KGaA closed on the $17.0 billion purchase of the research chemical supplier Sigma-Aldrich, an acquisition spearheaded by CBE Ph.D. alumnus Udit Batra *96, CEO and President of Merck Millipore since 2014. Batra will head the new organization, which will operate as MilliporeSigma in the U.S., and Merck Life Sciences elsewhere. The November 30 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, the member magazine of the American Chemical Society (ACS), contains a two-page i
Claire Adjiman, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, London, was elected to the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering, the U.K.’s national academy of engineering. Prof. Adjiman received her PhD from Princeton University in 1998. Her citation mentions her "outstanding contributions [to] the new discipline of molecular systems engineering, developing novel approaches for the integrated design and optimisation of processes, molecules and products.”
Professor John M. Prausnitz of the University of California, Berkeley, was honored by a Founders Tribute issue of AIChE Journal. Prof. Prausnitz’s Princeton connections include a PhD in chemical engineering (1955), an Honorary Doctorate (1995), and the Wilhelm lectureship (1980). Prof. Prausnitz is recognized as "an exceptional scholar, educator, and intellectual leader in Chemical Engineering.” The tribute issue "contains contributions from a cote
The July 27 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, the member magazine of the American Chemical Society (ACS), includes a full-page profile of former ACS Scholar Jason E. Cummings, who earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton in 2007, working with Professor Kyle Vanderlick. The profile discusses how Cummings’ interests in chemical engineering were fostered while attending his predominantly Native American high school, how he financed his undergraduate education at N
Jennifer Sinclair Curtis *89, currently Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean of Engineering for Research and Facilities at the University of Florida, has been named Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California at Davis, effective October 19. Curtis received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton in 1989. Since then, Curtis has not only received extensive recognition for her research achievements, but also currently serves
Paul C. Johnson *88 has been named the 17th President of the Colorado School of Mines (“Mines”; Golden, CO), effective July 1, 2015. Johnson is currently Dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU). Founded in 1873, Mines currently enrolls approximately 4400 undergraduates and 1300 graduate students across a range of science and engineering disciplines. Johnson received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton in 1988,
Francis J. Doyle III ‘85, currently Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has been named Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, effective August 1. Doyle received his B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton in 1985. To quote from the official announcement, “Doyle takes over at a time of great change and opportunity for SEAS. The number of undergraduate concentrators at
CBE alumna Lisa P. Jackson *86, currently Vice President of Environmental Initiatives at Apple, Inc., will address this year’s graduating class at the University’s Baccalaureate ceremony on May 31, starting at 2:00 pm in the University Chapel. Prior to joining Apple in 2013, Jackson served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For the original University announcement of Jackson’s selection as Baccalaureate speaker, click here.
Yesterday, second-year Chemical and Biological Engineering Ph.D. students Nicole Taylor and Lian Zhu were each awarded a three-year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in support of their research here at Princeton. Both Nicole and Lian are working with Professor Cliff Brangwynne. CBE alumna Michelle Liu ’13, currently a graduate student at the University of California – Berkeley, was also selected for this honor. Heartiest congratulations to Ni
Department alumnus Norman J. Wagner *89, Robert L. Pigford Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), as announced today in an NAE press release. Wagner was recognized “for understanding flow-induced microstructural transitions in complex liquids and invention of ballistic-resistant fabrics by strain-hardening suspensions, contributions to dynamics and rheology of c
The Winter 2015 issue EQuad News, the magazine of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), is dedicated to “Idea to Impact: Entrepreneurship and Princeton Engineering”. A featured story in this issue describes the founding and growth of Vorbeck Materials by John Lettow ’95, building upon inventions from the laboratory of Ilhan Aksay, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, in the scalable production and applications of graphene.&
Thomas M. Connelly Jr. ’74 has been named Executive Director of the American Chemical Society (ACS), effective February 17, 2015. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society. Chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemistry enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the world. After receiving his B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from Pr
Lisa P. Jackson *86, vice president of environmental initiatives at Apple Inc. and former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has been selected as the speaker for the University's 2015 Baccalaureate ceremony. Jackson earned a master's degree in chemical engineering from Princeton in 1986 and is a trustee of the University. For more details, see the story on the university's home page.
Ruth Misener *12 was selected to receive the W. David Smith, Jr. Graduate Student Paper Award from the Computing & Systems Technology Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for her work with Professor Christodoulos Floudas, the Stephen C. Macaleer ’63 Professor of Engineering and Applied Science . The award is given “to an individual for outstanding published work in chemical engineering computing and systems technology.” The award consists of a
Recent Princeton University Chemical and Biological Engineering postdoctoral researcher Jeremy Palmer received a 2014 Blavatnik Regional Award for Young Scientists. The award recognizes outstanding postdoctoral scientists in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Palmer, who was in the group of Prof. Debenedetti and is now an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Houston, was named the regional winner in the chemistry category, one of only three categor
Department alumni Ruben G. Carbonell *73, Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University, and Thomas F. Edgar *71, George T. and Gladys H. Abell Chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), as announced in a press release issued today. Carbonell was recognized “for research and innovation in
CBE alumna Alice P. Gast *84, currently President of Lehigh University, will become President of Imperial College London in September 2014. Gast will be the 16th head of Imperial, the first woman and the first appointment from overseas to lead the College. As President, Gast will lead Imperial’s strategy, including the development of its new 25 acre campus Imperial West, and its links to government, industry, philanthropists and alumni. For additional information, see the
Raffaelle Ocone *89 AM *92 PhD, currently Professor of Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Ocone was recognized as a world authority on the modelling of complex reactive systems, in areas ranging from the hydrodynamics of granular materials to the physics of chemical looping combustion, which is seen as one of the most promising technologies in the development of carbon capture and storage. She has
CBE alumnae Rebecca (Weiss) Bergman ’78 and Susan Rea Peterson ’00 were recently named Technical Fellows by Medtronic. The Technical Fellows program is “designed to recognize technical employees who have significantly and consistently distinguished themselves in their field through contributions to the technical and scientific goals of Medtronic, to encourage them to further serve as technical educators, mentors, and consultants in order to foster technical excellence wit
Dr. Ruth Misener *12 and Christodoulos A. Floudas, Stephen C. Macaleer '63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, have developed the software ANTIGONE (Algorithms for coNTinuous / Integer Global Optimization of Nonlinear Equations), a computational framework for globally optimizing nonconvex mixed-integer nonlinear programs (MINLP). Deterministic global optimization of MINLP is broadly applicable in areas ranging from molecular biology to refinery operations to computational che
John H. Seinfeld *67, the Louis E. Nohl Professor and Professor of Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), as announced in a press release issued today. The NAS, established by a Congressional act signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to
Each spring, the editors of the Journal of Chemical Physics select a few of the most innovative and influential articles published in the preceding year to highlight to the community as “Editors’ Choice”. For 2012, one of the five highlighted articles in the “liquids, crystals, and glasses” area was “A Computational Investigation of the Phase Behavior and Capillary Sublimation of Water Confined Between Nanoscale Hydrophobic Plates”, from lead autho
First-year Chemical and Biological Engineering Ph.D. students Granton Jindal and Michael Siedlik were recently each awarded a three-year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in support of their research here at Princeton. Jindal is working with Professor Stanislav Shvartman on “Live Imaging and Computational Modeling of Heart Development”, while Siedlik is working with Professor Celeste Nelson on “Building a Designer Lung”. CBE alumnus Thom
Department alumnus Eric S. G. Shaqfeh ’81, Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Lester Levi Carter Professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), as announced in a recent press release. Shaqfeh was recognized “for contributions to dynamics and rheology of complex fluids, including polymeric liquids, vesicles, and fiber suspensions”.
Jeffrey Kramer *84 MA *87 PhD has recently been named Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., a Fortune 300 company headquartered in Bethlehem, PA and specializing in atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and related equipment and services. Kramer most recently held the post of Vice President and General Manager, Packaged Gases, for Air Products (based in Brussels, Belgium), and had previously held positions with Air
Ian S. Metcalfe *83 MA *87 PhD, currently Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials at the University of Newcastle, was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Metcalfe was recognized as a world leader in the field of catalytic and transport mechanisms in ceramic membrane reactors and solid oxide fuel cells, for his pioneering work on the thermodynamics of catalyst promotion, and for his textbook on chemical reactor engineering. A researc
The Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering of Princeton University Cordially Invites Alumni and Friends to a Reception at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA Room 324 Monday, October 29, 2012 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Richard M. Felder *66, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, received the first Lifetime Achievement Award in Engineering Education from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) last week at ASEE’s 2012 Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. The award recognizes “sustained contributions to education in the fields of engineering and/or engineering technology throughout [the awardee’s] career”
First-year Chemical and Biological Engineering Ph.D. student Anna Hailey was today awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship in support of her research here at Princeton. Hailey is working with Professor Lynn Loo on “Controlling Crystallization in Solution-Processed Binary Blends for Organic Photovoltaics”. CBE alumnus Jeff Thompson ’10, currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, was also selected for
John H. Seinfeld *67, the Louis E. Nohl Professor of Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, will share the 2012 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, an honor widely regarded as the premier award for environmental science, environmental health, and energy. This prize recognizes Seinfeld’s groundbreaking work leading to understanding of the origin, chemistry, and evolution of particles in the atmosphere. The fundamental understanding of the physics
This Saturday, February 25, both a CBE alumna and a current CBE graduate student will be recognized by the University at Alumni Day with two of its top honors. Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will receive the Madison Medal, presented each year to an alumnus or alumna of the Graduate School who has had a distinguished career, advanced the cause of graduate education or achieved an outstanding record of public service. Jackson received her M.