2012 Founders & Bueche Awards Announced


Fri, September 28, 2012

Washington, DC, September 28, 2012 —

During its 2012 annual meeting, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) will present two awards for extraordinary impact on the engineering profession. The Academy’s Founders Award will be given to Nicholas Peppas, who has made significant contributions in the areas of bioengineering and advanced drug delivery. James Duderstadt will receive the Arthur M. Bueche Award for innovations in engineering research and leadership in the development of education policy. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 1.

In addition to being a member of NAE, Peppas has also been elected to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academies of France and Spain. He is the Fletcher S. Pratt Chair of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacy at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. He also serves as the director of the Center on Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, Bionanotechnology and Molecular Recognition, and is chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at UT. Peppas will receive the Founders Award for “contributions to biomedical and drug delivery applications of polymer networks and hydrogels and for leadership in the bioengineering community.” The award recognizes outstanding professional, educational, and personal achievements to the benefit of society and it includes a commemorative medal.

Peppas is widely known as a pioneer in modern drug delivery and was the first to develop theories and equations that led to the design of a wide range of new systems. His research resulted in the “Peppas Equation” which is now the standard method of analysis of any pharmaceutical device. Peppas’ work has significantly contributed to the development of several medical technologies, most notably a device that releases insulin in response to local glucose levels, which is the first time this type of system has been shown to be effective for oral delivery of proteins. He has published more than 1,100 publications which have resulted in over 44,000 citations of his work, making him one of the most cited engineers in the world regarding the areas of drug delivery, biomaterials, and intelligent materials. He holds over 50 US and international patents and has supervised 180 graduate students and visiting scientists including 93 PhDs.

James Duderstadt, a member of NAE and president emeritus and university professor of science and engineering at the University of Michigan (UM), will be presented the Arthur M. Bueche Award for “for leadership in academe and national service to support innovative science and technology policies.” The award recognizes an engineer who has shown dedication in science and technology, as well as active involvement in determining U.S. science and technology policy and includes a commemorative medal.

Duderstadt is acknowledged for his role in the transformation of the College of Engineering at the UM while serving as its dean and as the university president. As a result of Duderstadt’s efforts, an entirely new engineering campus was built and research funding increased drastically, resulting in period of unparalleled growth and achievement for students which propelled UM to one of the top five engineering schools in the nation.

Duderstadt’s leadership in the development of US science and technology policy is exemplified through his role in several national initiatives. He chaired the National Science Foundation funded “Committee To Assess the Capacity of the U.S. Engineering Research Enterprise”, resulting in the highly-cited NAE publication, Engineering Research and America's Future. He is currently the chair of the National Research Council’s Policy and Global Affairs Division, whose mission is to help improve public policy, understanding, and education in matters of science, technology, and health with regard to national strategies and resources, global affairs, workforce, and the economy. He also serves as the director of the Millennium Project at UM, a research effort to “improve thinking about the future and make that thinking available through a variety of media for feedback to accumulate wisdom about the future for better decisions today.”

The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the wellbeing of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

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