The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ) has announced the 2023 SPSJ International Award recognizing polymeric scientists and others who have contributed to the field of basic and applied sciences of polymer science and engineering for many years and have remarkable accomplishment of exchanges with Japan:

  • Rigoberto C. Advincula, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, “Design and Synthesis of Nanostructured Polymers and Layered Materials.”

  • Bruno Ameduri, Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier (CNRS), “Pioneering Contribution on Synthesis of Fluoropolymers for Advanced Applications.”

  • Suwabun Chirachanchai, Chulalongkorn University, “Development of Functional Environmentally Friendly Polymers for Advanced Materials.”

  • Jae-Suk Lee, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, “Founding and Utilization of Living Anionic Polymerization of Isocyanates.”

Election to the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.” The following materials researchers or engineers whose work involves materials science have been elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2024—including three international members— and they will be formally inducted during the NAE’s annual meeting on Sept. 29, 2024:

  • Nancy Lynn Allbritton, Frank and Julie Jungers Endowed Dean, College of Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle. For innovation and commercialization of single-cell, analytical, and gut-on-chip technologies for drug screening and for engineering education.

  • Martha C. Anderson,research physical scientist, Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Md. For application of thermal satellite remote sensing in hydrology.

  • Marc A. Baldo, Dugald C. Jackson Professor in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. For efficient light-emitting diodes for the modern display industry.

  • Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. For engineering tools using bio-orthogonal chemistry for novel biomaterials, diagnostics, and drug delivery systems.

  • Irene J. Beyerlein, Mehrabian Interdisciplinary Professor, College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara. For methodologies predicting the mechanics of complex engineering materials to improve their stability and strength.

  • Jacopo Buongiorno, Tokyo Electric Power Company Professor in Nuclear Engineering and director, Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. For nuclear reactor safety, advanced nuclear power development, and community outreach.

  • Babu R. Chalamala, senior scientist, Grid Modernization and Energy Storage, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M. For advancement of battery storage systems.

  • Tejal A. Desai, Sorensen Family Dean, School of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, R.I. For nanofabricated materials to control biologics delivery, and leadership in the fields of nanotechnology and regenerative medicine.

  • Carolyn R. Duran, senior director, Product Integrity, Apple Inc., Cupertino, Calif. For holistic materials innovations in semiconductor manufacturing.

  • Dario Gil, senior vice president and director of research, IBM Research, IBM, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. For advancement and practical use of artificial intelligence and quantum computing in industry and society.

  • Patrick R. Gruber, chief executive officer and director, Gevo, Inc., Englewood, Colo. For renewable resource-based chemicals, plastics, and fuels, demonstrated by scalable, economically viable processes.

  • John M. Guerra, president and CEO, Nanoptek Corp., Concord, Mass. For inventing and commercializing nano-optics to advance super-resolution microscopy and produce hydrogen directly with sunlight.

  • Mark C. Hersam, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. For the synthesis, purification, functionalization, and application of low-dimensional nanoelectronic materials.

  • Kei May Lau, chair professor, School of Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kowloon. For photonics and electronics based on III–V semiconductors on silicon.

  • Chunqing Liu, R&D senior fellow and senior manager, Green H2 Growth Vector Group, Honeywell, Des Plaines, Ill. For polymer and membrane innovations for cost-effective natural gas and green hydrogen production and use.

  • Timothy P. Lodge, regents professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. For contributions to the understanding of the dynamic properties of multicomponent polymers and self-assembled structures.

  • George Michael Morris, founder and CEO (retired), Apollo Optical Systems LLC, West Henrietta, N.Y. For nanophotonic optical filters, super-resolution imaging, laser metrology and optical storage.

  • Tina M. Nenoff, senior scientist, Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M. For translating fundamental understanding of nanoporous materials into applications with societal and national security impact.

  • Melissa E. Orme, vice president, Additive Manufacturing, The Boeing Company, El Segundo, Calif. For industrialization of additive manufacturing for aerospace applications and research advancing 3D printing.

  • Umit S. Ozkan, distinguished university professor and distinguished professor of engineering, William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus. For research in electrocatalysis and elucidation of mechanisms of oxidation catalysis.

  • Ravi Prasher, chief technology officer, Bloom Energy, San Jose, Calif. For development of thermal management technologies for microelectronics and the decarbonization of thermal energy systems.

  • Maureen Fahey Reitman, group vice president and principal engineer, Polymer Science and Materials Chemistry, Exponent Inc., Natick, Mass. For understanding the selection, performance, and durability of polymeric materials in consumer, medical, and industrial applications.

  • Jorge J. Rocca, university distinguished professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins. For soft x-ray lasers and their applications to photolithography, microscopy, and chemical analysis.

  • M. Taher A. Saif, Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For characterizing mechanical properties of materials at small scales, with applications in materials science and biology.

  • Christine E. Schmidt, distinguished professor and J. Crayton Pruitt Family Endowed Chair, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville. For biomaterials and tissue engineering for neural regeneration and improved wound healing and for leadership in diversifying bioengineering.

  • Jill E. Seebergh, principal senior technical fellow, Boeing Research & Technology, The Boeing Company, Seattle. For materials and coating processes that enable efficient and sustainable aircraft production, performance, and safety.

  • David S. Sholl, director, Transformational Decarbonization Initiative, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn. For addressing large-scale chemical separation challenges, including carbon dioxide capture, using quantitative materials modeling.

  • Raj N. Singh, regents professor of materials science and engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. For the science and technology of manufacturing fiber-reinforced ceramic matrix composites leading to their applications and commercialization.

  • Metin Sitti, president, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. For bioinspired adhesives and small-scale mobile robotics.

  • Cristina Urdaneta Thomas, 3M Global R&D Services Leader (retired), 3M, Stillwater, Minn. For innovation, commercialization, and leadership in using polymeric materials for energy savings and traffic safety, and to ensure worker well-being.

  • James M. Tour, T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Rice University, Houston. For synthesis, fabrication, properties, applications, and commercialization of novel forms of carbon and their composites and derivatives.

  • Daniel Christopher Worledge, distinguished research scientist and senior manager, Magnetic Random-Access Memory, IBM, San Jose, Calif. For development of magnetic random-access memory materials, devices, and technologies.

  • Tien Y. Wu, chief executive officer, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc., Kaohsiung, Taiwan. For sustainable electronics manufacturing and advancements in the high-volume production of semiconductor packaging.

  • Wonyong Choi, director and distinguished professor, Institute for Environmental and Climate Technology, Korea Institute of Energy Technology, Naju, South Korea. For solar-based photoelectrocatalysis for water and air treatment.

  • Taeghwan Hyeon, distinguished professor, School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea. For scalable synthesis of precisely controlled nanoparticles and design of inorganic nano-biomaterials.

  • Tobias J. Kippenberg, professor, Laboratory of Photonic Integrated Circuits and Quantum Measurements, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland. For development and commercialization of chip-scale optical frequency combs.

  • Qinghuang Lin, director, Lam Research Corporation, Fremont, Calif. For electronic materials for the manufacturing of integrated circuit products.

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