We are delighted to announce the addition of Dr. Yvonne Y. Chen (PhD, Caltech) to our faculty as assistant professor. Dr. Chen’s research interests are focused on the creation of synthetic biological systems with modular, programmable functions for wide-ranging applications in, for example, energy production and human healthcare. She also has demonstrated a passion for teaching, and we are excited about her future contributions to our undergraduate and graduate instructional programs. Dr. Chen will join us on campus after a two-year leave of absence as a Junior Fellow with The Society of Fellows at Harvard University.
Professor Panagiotis D. Christofides has been elected Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). Election to IFAC Fellow recognizes outstanding and extraordinary contributions in the fields of interest to IFAC. Panagiotis will be presented with a pin and certificate at the IFAC World Congress banquet in Milan, Italy.
Professor Manousiouthakis to receive the Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering
Professor Manousiouthaki will be presented with the Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering of the AIChE Environmental Division at the 2010 Annual AIChE Meeting in Salt Lake City. This award recognizes an individual's outstanding chemical engineering contribution and achievement in the preservation or improvement of the environment.
James C. Liao, the Chancellor's Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been awarded the 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for his work on "Recycling Carbon Dioxide to Biosynthesize Higher Alcohols".
Professor Jane Chang was appointed Associate Dean for Research and Physical Resources of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS).
Chancellor's Professor James C. Liao received two major AICHE institute awards at the 2009 Annual AIChE Meeting in Nashville, the James E. Bailey Award for Outstanding Contributions to the field of Biological Engineering and the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research.