June 27, 2008

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Recognizes AIChE Members

By Anonymous

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and independent policy research centers, has announced its class of new members for 2008. Among the 212 new Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members are a Nobel laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner. Academy Award and Grammy Award winners, a Supreme Court Justice, and three members of AIChE. Pablo G. Debenedetti is the Class of 1950 Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton Univ. His research program addresses a range of topics related to the theory of condensed matter, including glass transition, water and aqueous solutions, nucleation, metastability, and protein thermodynamics. Debenedetti earned his BS at the Univ. of Buenos Aires, and an MS and PhD at MIT, all in chemical engineering. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a past recipient of AIChE's Professional Progress Award.

Klavs F. Jensen is Department Head and the Warren K. Lewis Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT, where his research focuses on the interaction of transport and reaction processes in micro- and nano-structured materials and devices for chemical, optical, and electronic applications. He earned his MSc at the Technical Univ. of Denmark, and a PhD at the Univ. of Wisconsin, both in chemical engineering. Past AIChE honors include the Allan P. Colbum and R. H. Wilhelm Awards, and the Materials Engineering and Sciences Division's C. M. A. Stine Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Rakesh K. Jain is Professor of Tumor Biology at the Harvard Medical School's Dept. of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Edwin L. Steel Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital's Dept. of Radiation Oncology. He also serves on the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology faculty. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Jain earned a BTech degree at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, and MS and PD degrees in chemical engineering at Univ. of Delaware, He is the 2006 recipient of AIChE's Alpha Chi Sigma Award.

The new class of Fellows will be inducted at a ceremony on October 11, at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, MA. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy's elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs. To review the complete 2008 Class of Fellows, visit www.amacad.org.

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