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Recent faculty honors

2015

Sriram Neelamegham

  • Sriram Neelamegham was recognized by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher with the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. The award recognizes his many significant contributions to the field of bioengineering, and in particular his work in the area of Systems Glycobiology in the context of the interactions of white blood cells with the vasculature. It also recognizes sustained contributions in integrating engineering and medicine and his dedication to our profession.

Paschalis Alexandridis

  • Paschalis Alexandridis, UB Distinguished Professor and CBE Director of Graduate Studies, was honored on March 23, 2015 at the Annual Inventors and Entrepreneurs Reception given by the University at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR) for his U.S. Patent 8,859,000 "Synthesis of Nanoparticles by a Emulsion-Gas Contacting Process". 

Mark Swihart

  • Congratulations to Professor Mark Swihart, recipient of The Meyerson Award, in recognition of exceptional teaching and mentoring at the University at Buffalo. The award also recognizes faculty that provide guidance and support to undergraduate students in order to help them develop the skills necessary for research as well as creative thinking and innovative research activities. Mark has done an exceptional job in this regard--in addition to maintaining an active and productive research group with a large number of graduate students, Mark has trained 92 undergraduate students to date, including Phil Tucciarone, who received the prestigious Marshall Scholarship.

Dave Kofke

  • Congratulations to David Kofke for his recent election as a Fellow of the AAAS. The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. Dr. Kofke is very well recognized in the field of Statistical Themodynamics and Molecular Simulation, and his election as an AAAS fellow is another testament to his academic achievements and the respect that he enjoys among our peers.

Johannes Nitsche

  • Congratulations to Dr. Johannes Nitsche, who was recently named SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. He was cited by the University at Buffalo as "A leading example to his students as a superb scholar and dedicated researcher, Dr. Nitsche is internationally renowned for his theoretical research in biological transport processes and dermal absorption. Dr. Nitsche's teaching efforts have been exceptional, as recognized through the 1995 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as other teaching awards. Among his numerous innovative and highly effective contributions, Professor Nitsche conceived and put into practice the Spiral Learning Initiative in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, which has revolutionized the undergraduate curriculum in the department. Dr. Nitsche cares deeply about advancing the mathematics and computation ability of graduate students, and has played an instrumental role in graduate curriculum revision that strengthens training in this area. Professor Nitsche has recently received a book contract from Springer to write a problem-based textbook on transport phenomena with the potential to be used by a growing number of bioengineering programs."

Stelios Andreadis

  • Dr. Stelios Andreadis received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

Jeff Errington

  • Professor Jeff Errington was nominated for this prestigious award for his longstanding record of excellence in his research and scholarly activity. The quality of his work is demonstrated by his record of publication in the best journals in his discipline.

2014

Mark Swihart

  • Mark Swihart has been named a UB Distinguished Professor by President Satish Tripathi for his outstanding academic achievements in research and education. He is extremely well published, leads a very large research group of students and post-docs, and he is very well recognized internationally for his work in nanotechnology. While serving UB as the Director of the Integrated Nanostructured Systems strategic strength focus area for several years, he was recently appointed as co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Materials Informatics. Dr. Swihart will be officially honored during thisfall's Celebration of Academic Excellence.

Carl Lund

  • Congratulations to Distinguished Teaching Professor Carl Lund, who has been elected a Fellow of the AIChE, the highest grade of membership that is achieved, only by election by the AIChE Board of Directors in recognition of service to the profession and significant professional accomplishment. To be considered, contribution in one of the aforementioned areas must be outstanding, and some contribution in both areas is necessary.Carl was recognized for:(1)Outstanding teaching, including pioneering implementation of active learning and the development of an online Toolkit for Exceptional Teaching (TExT) for kinetics and reaction engineering.(2)Exceptional service, providing transformative leadership to UB CBE as department chair during a nine-year period of growth and change.(3)Accomplishments in research on heterogeneous catalysis, including publications and graduate student advisement.

2013

Mark Swihart

  • Mark Swihart has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal , awarded by the WNY section of the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes his fundamental discoveries in the field of nanoparticle synthesis and processing. A reception and award ceremony will be hosted by the ACS section sometime this Fall, for the purpose of honoring Mark.

Jeffrey Errington

  • Dr. Jeffrey Errington is the winner of the 2013 CoMSEF Impact Award, which recognizes outstanding research in computational molecular science and engineering, and will be officially presented to him at the CoMSEF plenary session at the AIChE meeting. This award is a very well-deserved recognition of Jeff's work and contributions to the field.

Sheldon Park

  • CBE is excited and proud to welcome Dr. Sheldon J. Park to the ranks of tenured faculty for the 2013-2014 academic year. Sheldon Park has developed a synthetic protein called monomeric streptavidin that scientists worldwide are using for everything from HIV research, drug delivery and the molecular analysis of peptides, proteins and other cellular components. After receiving a National Science Foundation $400,000 CAREER award in 2011--the foundation’s most prestigious honor for young investigators--the foundation committed another $300,000 this August so that he could expand his research into protein engineering.

Johannes Nitsche

  • Dr. Johannes Nitsche has received a new grant from the National Science Foundation that supports the next phase of a long-standing research program on theoretical understanding and modeling of how drugs and chemicals penetrate the skin.  The new project is both a collaboration with Prof. Gerald B. Kasting (University of Cincinnati) and Prof. Ludwig C. Nitsche (University of Illinois at Chicago), and a GOALI project with industrial partner Dr. Russel H. Devane (The Procter & Gamble Company).  It will develop computational models that advance understanding in areas representing significant current stumbling blocks for reliable prediction of transient drug/chemical absorption, including anisotropic diffusion through skin lipids, molecular binding to keratin and other skin proteins, and the micromechanics of hindered diffusion through keratin and collagen/proteoglycan matrices. 

Chong Cheng

  • Chong Cheng receives American Chemical Society grant for Well Defined Polyrings via Diyne-Functionalized Cyclic Monomers..Polyrings, i.e. polymers with each repeat unit carrying a sizable ring without a spacer, are interesting model polymers for the study of structure-property relationship of polymers. However, they're challenging to synthesize, hence the objective of this project is to develop a novel synthetic approach for the preparation of well-defined polyrings.

Dr. Stelios Andreadis

  • Congratulations to UB CBE Professor and Chair, Dr. Stelios Andreadis, who has been given the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity. The nomination for this award cites Stelios’ expertise in engineering biomaterials for protein and gene delivery, engineering lentiviral microarrays for real-time monitoring of stem cell behavior, adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells for cardiovascular tissue engineering and intercellular adhesion signaling in epithelial development and stem cell differentiation  In 2002, the State University of New York announced the creation of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, designed to recognize outstanding academic and creative achievements across a broad spectrum of scholarly and artistic fields.

David A. Kofke

  • Congratulations to SUNY Distinguished Professor David A. Kofke, who has been elected a Fellow of the AIChE, the highest grade of membership that is achieved, only by election by the AIChE Board of Directors in recognition of service to the profession and significant professional accomplishment. To be considered, contribution in one of the aforementioned areas must be outstanding, and some contribution in both areas is necessary. Dave was recognized for:

    1) Chemical Engineering research on molecular modeling and simulation as well as software development2) Educational accomplishments such as the development of educational modules to teach students the methods of molecular simulation, and 3) Service to our profession in multiple roles including his service to CACHE (Secretary 2004-2006; Vice President 2008-10; and President 2010-12).

2012

David A. Kofke

  • UB Distinguished Professor in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been appointed as a SUNY Distinguished Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees at its Dec. 17, 2012 meeting. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced Dr. Kofke's promotion in recognition of his national and international prominence in his field, stating “In bestowing its highest faculty honor, SUNY proudly recognizes the extraordinary achievements of [Dr. Kofke] and the positive impacts [he] has had on our great system of higher education, as well as [his] colleagues and students”.

Dave Kofke and Andrew Schultz

  • David Kofke and Andrew Schultz have been selected to receive the 2012 David Himmelblau Award for Innovations in Computer-Based Chemical Engineering Education "for the development of the etomica modules, a community-developed suite of interactive simulations to help students understand the molecular origins of macroscopic behaviors." The award is given by the Computing and Systems Technology Division of the AIChE and recognizes an individual or group making new and novel contributions to computer aids for chemical engineering education.

Eli Ruckenstein

  • Eli Ruckenstein, SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UB and one of the world's most influential chemical engineers, has been elected to the 2012 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.

Paschalis Alexandridis

  • Received The Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award, administered by the Graduate School to recognize faculty for their support and development of graduate students through their mentoring activities. 

2011

Paschalis Alexandridis

  • Recognized as a Visionary, along with industrial partner
    Global EIS at the 2011 Inventors and Entrepreneurs
    Reception on March 29, 2011, for their collaborative work in controlled synthesis of nanocrystals and nanoparticles by a gas-emulsion process, and controlled synthesis of polymorphic nanostructures using templates.

Sriram Neelamegham

  • Honored in April with the Exceptional Scholar Award in the
    category of Sustained Achievement, based on his body of work over a number of years. His research work has “garnered
    public and professional accolades beyond the norm”, according to award criteria.

Mark Swihart

  • Celebrated at the 2011 Inventors and Entrepreneurs
    Reception, recognized along with his interdisciplinary coinventors
    on patent 7,767,226, Calcium Sulfate Based Nanoparticles.

Eli Ruckenstein

  • Will be publishing a third collection volume, with coauthor
    Dr. Haiyou Wang, this time focusing on his work in catalysis: Contributions to Heterogeneous Catalysis, Experimental and
    Theoretical Studies.

Paschalis Alexandridis

  • Received the 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence
    in Scholarship and Creative Activity, recognizing outstanding academic and creative achievements across a broad spectrum of scholarly and artistic fields.

Amy Marschilok

  • Recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of WNY in the Education Category.

Eli Ruckenstein

  • Recently elected as a Fellow of American Nano Society, the largest scientific society exclusively serving the nanotechnology community both nationally and internationally.

Mark Swihart

  • Selected Professor of the Year by the student chapter of the AIChE at their end of the year banquet on April 29.

 

2010

Paschalis Alexandridis

  • 2010 recipient of the Jacob F. Schoellkopf medal, given by the Western New York chapter of the American Chemical Society.

Esther Takeuchi

  • Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, UB's highest award, during the university's 164th general commencement on May 9Norton Medal at 2010 commencement ceremony.

Mark Swihart

  • The Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement, created by UB in 2002 to honor outstanding professional achievement focused on a particular body of work over a number of years.

Eli Ruckenstein

  • Eli Ruckenstein published a second collection of his papers, Nanodispersions: Interactions, Stability, and Dynamics

2009

Paschalis Alexandridis

  • UB Distinguished Professor

Stelios Andreadis

  • Exceptional Scholar: Sustained Achievement Award

Carl R. F. Lund

  • Chemical Engineering Professor of the Year, UB Student Chapter, AIChE

Esther S. Takeuchi

  • National Medal of Technology

2008

Jeffrey R. Errington

  • UB SEAS Faculty Excellence Award.

Michael Lockett

  • Elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Esther T. Takeuchi

  • Named Greatbatch Professor of Advanced Power Sources.
  • Astellas USA Foundation Award.

Marina Tsianou

  • UUP Professional Development Award.

2007

Paschalis Alexandridis

  • UUP Professional Development Award.

David A. Kofke

  • Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Achievement Award.
  • Jacob F. Schoellkopf Award.

Tamara G . Kofke

  • Teacher of the Year Award, University at Buffalo Student Chapter, AIChE.

Carl R. F. Lund

  • SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor.

Mark T. Swihart

  • Director of the UB2020 Strategic Initiative in Integrated Nanostructured Systems (INS).
  • Kenneth T. Whitby Award.

2006

Paschalis Alexandridis

  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mattheos Koffas

  • Interdisciplinary Research and Development Fund Award, University at Buffalo.

Carl R. F. Lund

  • Chemical Engineering Professor of the Year, University at Buffalo Student Chapter, AIChE.

Mark T. Swihart

  • Outstanding McNair Faculty Mentor, UB Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

Manolis Tzanakakis

  • James D. Watson Investigator Award,  New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research - NYSTAR.

2005

Paschalis Alexandridis

  • Bodossaki Foundation Academic Prize in Applied Science (Micro & Nano).
  • Distinguished Scientst and Researcher, Prefecture of Serres (Greece).

Jeffrey R. Errington

  • UB Exceptional Scholar Award (Young Investigator).

Mattheos Koffas

  • Promising Young Inventor Award, State University of New York.

 Johannes M. Nitsche

  • Professor of the Year Award, University at Buffalo Student Chapter, AIChE.

Mark T. Swihart

  • Licensed Innovation Award, Research Foundation, SUNY.

2004

Paschalis Alexandridis

  • Eminent Engineer, Tau Beta Pi (New York Nu Chapter).

Jeffrey R. Errington

  • Received the James D. Watson Investigator Award. This award is designed to recognize and support outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show potential for leadership and scientific discovery in the field of biotechnology. This award carries a $200,000 grant, which Dr. Errington will use for his work on developing methods to preserve biomaterials to impact the design of pharmaceutical drug formulations, as well as other industrially relevant products.

David A. Kofke

  • John M. Prausnitz Award in Applied Chemical Thermodynamics for significant and lasting contributions to the field of applied chemical thermodynamics.   Awarded by the organizing committee of the triennial International Conference on Properties and Phase Equilibria for Product and Process Design (PPEPPD).
  • Named UB Distinguished Professor in recognition of his outstanding record of scholarship and contributions to UB's teaching and public service missions.
  • Received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.

Sriram Neelamegham

  • Independent Scientist Award, from the National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood, NIH.

Eli Ruckenstein

  • Founders Award, National Academy of Engineering .

Michael E. Ryan

  • Eminent Engineer, Tau Beta Pi.
  • Service Excellence Award, University at Buffalo.

Mark T. Swihart

  • Chemical & Biological Engineering's Professor of the Year Award, selected and presented by UB's Student Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

2003

Paschalis Alexandridis

  • Invited Participant, NSF Workshop on "Three-Dimensional Nanomanufacturing".

Stelios T. Andreadis

  • Exceptional Scholar Young Investigator Award, University at Buffalo
  • (With P. Lei) Awarded Outstanding Scientific Poster entitled, "Rate-limiting Steps in Retrovirus Synthesis and Assembly," at the Annual AIChE Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 2003.
  • (With P. Koria, D. Brazeau and P. Hayden) Awarded Outstanding Scientific Poster entitled, "Functional Genomics in Tissue Engineering:   Gene Expression Profiles of Tissue Engineered Skin Subjected to Barrier Disruption," at the Engineering Tissue Growth International Conference & Exposition (ETG), Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Exceptional Scholar Young Investigator Award, University at Buffalo.
  • Outstanding Scientific Poster Award, at the Engineering Tissue Growth International Conference & Exposition (ETG), Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Invited to contribute two book chapters ("Gene Therapy in Tissue Engineering," In Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering , Metin Akey (Ed.), John Wiley and Sons (In Press),   and "Genetically Engineered Skin Tissue," in Tissue Engineering , Kyongbum Lee and David Kaplan (Eds.), Springer-Verlag (In Press)).
  • Invited to contribute a chapter entitled:   "Gene Enhanced Tissue Engineering," in Biomedical Technology and Devices Handbook , edited by James Moore and George Zouridakis, CRC Press.

Jeffrey R. Errington

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

Carl R.F. Lund

  • Chemical Engineering Professor of the Year, awarded by the AIChE Student Chapter, SUNY-Buffalo.

Johannes M. Nitsche

  • Fulbright Scholar Award in the Russian Federation (Research Award), Far-Eastern State Technical University, Vladivostok, May – July 2003.

Eli Ruckenstein

  • Recognized at the Chancellor's Recognition Dinner in Albany, NY on October 20, 2003, honoring Faculty Research and Scholarship.
  • Thomas P. Cooke Award, SUNY at Buffalo.

Michael E. Ryan

  • Service Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the ASCIT Appraisal Project Phase I, Division of University Services, University at Buffalo, June 10, 2003.   Project Team was selected for the Outstanding Service Excellence Project – Small Scale.

Mark T. Swihart

  • J.B. Wagner Young Investigator Award of the High Temperature Materials Division of the Electrochemical Society.   This is an international award presented to only one person every two years.
  • Promising Inventor Award, from the Research Foundation of SUNY.
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Undergraduates CBE University at Buffalo.

2002

Paschalis Alexandridis

  • Plenary Lecturer, 2002 Sigma Xi Forum and Annual Meeting.
  • Young Investigator Award, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.
  • Invited Speaker, 10th Annual NSF Materials Chemistry Workshop.
  • Invited Speaker, 224th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.
  • Invited Speaker, 14th International Symposium on Surfactants in Solution.
  • UB Exceptional Scholar – Sustained Achievement Award.
  • Invited Speaker, "Self-Assembly – The Future" Symposium, Massa Marittima, Tuscany.
  • Member of the Editorial Committee, Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology (2001, 2002).
  • Section Editor, Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science (2001, 2002).

Vladimir Hlavacek

  • Received Honorary Degree of Doctor of Chemical Sciences, Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Slovak Republic.
  • Certificate of Recognition, Department of the NAVY, ONR.

David A. Kofke

  • UB Exceptional Scholar Award (Sustained Achievement).
  • Recognized by the UB Office of Career Planning and Placement for having positive impact on UG students.

 

Sriram Neelamegham

  • UB Exceptional Scholar Award (New Investigator Award).

Johannes M. Nitsche

  • AIChE Professor of the Year Award 2001-2002, AIChE Student Chapter, University at Buffalo.

Eli Ruckenstein

  • Founders Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Pioneer of Science Award, Western New York, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute.

Michael E. Ryan

  • ASEE Campus Representative Award for outstanding achievement in recruiting the most new faculty in the St. Lawrence Section, 2001-2002 Membership Promotion Program, American Society for Engineering Education.
  • ASEE Campus Representative Award for outstanding achievement in recruiting the highest percentage of members in the St. Lawrence Section, 2001-2002 Membership Promotion Program, American Society for Engineering Education.
  • Second Place paper in the Freshman Programs Division of ASEE 2002 Best Paper competition for the paper entitled "Retention and Success of Engineering Undergraduates:   A Discussion of Retention-related Initiatives at the University at Buffalo," by W.G. Wild and M.E. Ryan, presented at the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Montreal, Canada.
  • University Faculty Senate Best Practice Paper Award for the paper entitled, "Reasons to Stay:   Re-orienting Toward the Retention of Future Engineers," W.G. Wild and M.E. Ryan, presented at the Student Retention Symposium – Best Faculty and Student Life Collaborative Practices, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY.
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