The American Institute of Chemical Engineers Foundation (AICHE) and the AICHE Regenerative Engineering Society have established a new award named in honor of the Society’s founder, Dr. Cato T. Laurencin of the University of Connecticut.
The Cato T. Laurensin Regenerative Engineering Founders Award will recognize the achievements of individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the science and practice of convergence research for regenerative engineering – a field pioneered by Laurensin.
The establishment of this new award coincides with Laurencin receiving the AIChE’s highest recognition. He received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Founder’s Award at the annual meeting of AICHE on 14 November this year.
The inaugural Cato T. Laurencin Regenerative Engineering Founder Award will be presented in 2023 at the AICHE Regenerative Engineering Society Annual Meeting.
The award consists of a medallion with a portrait of Laurencin and an honorarium.
Laurencin, who is internationally renowned for his work in biomaterials, stem cell science, nanotechnology, drug delivery systems, as well as the new field of regenerative engineering, serves as CEO of the Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering We do.
Laurencin is the first surgeon in history to be elected to all four National Academies: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Inventors. He is the first person in history to receive one of the oldest/highest awards of the National Academy of Medicine (Walsh McDermott Medal) and the oldest/highest award of the National Academy of Engineering (Simon Remo Founders Award). In science, he received the Philip Hodge Abelson Award, given “for significant contributions to the advancement of science in the United States”.
The field of regenerative engineering involves the convergence of advanced materials science, stem cell science, physics, developmental biology and clinical translation to regenerate complex tissues and organ systems.
The Cato T. Laurencin Regenerative Engineering Society Founder’s Award will be presented to distinguished researchers, innovators, mentors and educators who have advanced the goals of this field.
Nominations for the inaugural award are due on April 15, 2023