Preetinder S. Virk

Research Interests

turbulent drag reduction, graph-theoretic modeling of hydrocarbon pyrolysis pathways, mechanistic investigation of high-transfer hydrogen transfer pathways


Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1967

B.Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 1962


Honors and Awards

Outstanding Veteran Advisor Award, 2016

Clark K. Colton

Research Interests

biomedical engineering, biochemical engineering, mass transfer


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1969

B.ChE., Cornell University, 1964


Honors and Awards

Gambro AB Award, International Society of Blood Purification, 1986

Curtis W. McGraw Research Award, American Society for Engineering Education, 1980

Allan P. Colburn Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1977

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award, 1972

Charles L. Cooney

Research Interests

biochemical engineering


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970

S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1967

B.S., University of Pennsylvania, 1966


Honors and Awards

Honoris Causa by Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, 2012

Dieter & Inga Koehn Lecture, 2010

Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 2009

Founding Fellow, American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, 1992

Institute of Biotechnological Studies, 1989 Gold Medal

James Van Lannen Award for Distinguished Service to the Division of Microbial & Biochemical Technology of the American Chemical Society, 1985

Food, Pharmaceutical & Bioengineering Division Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1983.

Becten-Dickenson Award lecturer, American Society for Microbiology, 1977

Listed in Who’s Who in Frontiers of Science & Technology

Listed in American Men of Science

Sigma Xi

Karen K. Gleason

Research Interests

chemical vapor deposition, membranes, organic surfaces, interfaces, and devices


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1987

S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982

S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982


Honors and Awards

AIChE’s Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement by a Woman Chemical Engineer, 2021

John M. Prausnitz AIChE Institute Lecturer Award, 2019

Charles M.A. Stine Award, 2015

Elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering, 2015

Elected AIChE Fellow, 2013

AIChE Process Development Research Award, 2012

Printed Electronics Europe Best Materials Award, 2011

Keynote speaker, 23rd Int’l Conf. on Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Semiconductors, 2009

Chair, 5th Intl. Conf on Hot-Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition, August 2008

Donders Visiting Prof., Utrecht University, Netherlands, 2006

Excellence Award, SEMATECH, 2000

Tenth Annual Van Ness Award Lecturer, RPI, 2000

Chair, Gordon Conference of Diamond Synthesis, Oxford UK, 1998

Presidential Young Investigator, National Science Foundation, 1990

Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research, 1990

Amoco Foundation Fellow, 1982-85

NCAA Post-graduate Fellow, 1982

All-American NCAA Division III Swimming, 1978-82

Paula T. Hammond

Research Interests

macromolecular design and synthesis, targeted drug delivery for cancer, nanoscale assembly of synthetic biomaterials, electrostatic and directed materials assembly


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993

M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1988

S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984


Honors and Awards

Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry, 2024

James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award, 2023-24

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), 2021

Inaugural Black in Cancer Distinguished Investigator Award, 2021

MIT Institute Professor, 2021

MRS Turnbull Lectureship Award from the Materials Research Society, 2019

AIChE’s Margaret H. Rousseau Pioneer Award, 2019

Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 2019

ACS Nat’l Award in Applied Polymer Science, 2018

Elected to the National Academy of Engineering, 2017

Elected to the National Academy of Medicine, 2016

Elected AIChE Fellow, 2016

Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research, 2014

Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2013

Charles M.A. Stine Award, 2013

Ovarian Cancer Research Program Teal Innovator Award, 2013

Elected Fellow, ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY), 2012

Distinguished Scientist Award, the Harvard Foundation, 2010

Elected AIMBE Fellow, 2010

Bayer Distinguished Lecturer, 2004

Georgia Tech Outstanding Young Alumni Award, 2004

Radcliffe Institute Fellow, Harvard University, 2003

Henry Hill Lecturer Award, 2002

Junior Bose Faculty Award, 2000

GenCorp Signature University Award, 2000

Lloyd Ferguson Young Scientist Award, 2000

NSF Career Award, 1997

EPA Early Career Award, 1996

DuPont Young Faculty Award, 1996

3M Innovation Fund Award, 1995

NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemistry, Harvard University, 1994

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow, 1992

MIT Karl Taylor Compton Prize, 1992

Eastman Kodak Theophilus Sorrel Fellow, 1990

Robert S. Langer

Research Interests

drug delivery, biomaterials, tissue engineering, biotechnology, immobilized enzymes, biomedical engineering


Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1974

B.S., Cornell University, 1970


Honors and Awards

Kavli Prize in Nanoscience, 2024

Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research, 2023

Balzan Prize, 2022

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biology and Biomedicine, 2022

Maurice-Marie Janot Award, 2020

Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences, 2019

Number 1, Master of the Bench, Medicine Maker “Power List”, 2018

Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine, 2017

Number 1, Master of the Bench, Medicine Maker “Power List”, 2017

Honorary Doctor of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 2016

World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds list, Thomson Reuters, 2016

Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, 2015

Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year, 2015

Kyoto Prize, 2014

The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, 2013

Israel’s Wolf Prize in Chemistry, 2013

National Medal of Technology and Innovation, 2013

Elected to National Academy of Inventors, 2012

Wilhelm Exner Medal, 2012

Perkin Medal, 2012

Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, 2011

American Chemical Society Fellows, 2011

Millennium Technology Prize, 2008

Max Planck Research Award, 2008

Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, 2008

AIChE Founders Award, 2008

Chemistry of Materials Award (American Chemical Society), 2007

Herman F. Mark Award (ACS), 2007

United States National Medal of Science, 2006

National Inventors Hall of Fame, 2006

Dan David Prize in Materials Science, 2005

Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomed Research, 2005

General Motors Kettering Prize for Cancer Research, 2004

Heinz Award for Technology, Economy and Employment, 2003

Harvey Prize in Science and Technology and Human Health, 2003

John Fritz Award, 2003

Charles Stark Draper Prize, 2002

Dickson Prize for Science, 2002

Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation, 1998

Gairdner Foundation International Award, 1996

William Walker Award (AIChE), 1996

Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 1992

Elected to the National Academy of Engineering, 1992

Stine Award in Materials Science and Engineering (AIChE), 1991

Professional Progress Award (AIChE), 1990

Elected to the Inst. of Medicine of the NAS, 1989

Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Award (AIChE), 1986

Kristala L. Jones Prather

Research Interests

metabolic engineering, biochemical engineering, bioprocess engineering, synthetic biology


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1999

S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994


Honors and Awards

MIT, Committed to Caring (C2C) Award, 2023-25

AIChE’s Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering, 2021

Gordon Y. Billard Award, 2021

Fellow of the AAAS, 2018

MLK Leadership Award, 2017

Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2014-15

MacVicar Faculty Fellow, 2014

Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award, 2011

MIT School of Engineering Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2010

National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2010

Technology Review “TR35” Young Innovator, 2007

Outstanding Faculty Award for Undergraduate Teaching, 2006

Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 2005

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award, 2004

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 1998

UNCF-Merck Science Initiative Graduate Fellowship, 1996

NOBCChE/DuPont Graduate Fellowship Award, 1996

NDSEG Fellowship, 1994

Robert T. Haslam Cup ChemE Dept, MIT, 1994

Karl Taylor Compton Prize, MIT, 1994

NSBE Distinguished Fellow, 1994