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 named the holder of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Chair in Chemical Engineering.
This is a national American Chemical Society (ACS) award "to recognize and encourage excellence in organic chemistry". It is noteworthy that Yi, as a chemical engineer, is receiving a prestigious award in organic chemistry. As such, this is a particularly special award for Yi who recently accepted a joint appointment in the Organic Chemistry Division of the UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.
Professor James Liao’s laboratory recently made three major advances in biofuels: 1) direct conversion of cellulose to isobutanol, 2) protein-to-fuel conversion, 3) record-setting n-butanol production in E. coli. Click to read White house blog and various news media reports.
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.