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April 17th, 2012

SBE Launches the Daniel I. C. Wang Award

By Marina Kalpouzos | Comments (0)
This post is presented by SBE, the Society for Biological Engineering, a global organization of leading engineers and scientists dedicated to advancing the integration of biology and engineering. The Society for Biological Engineering is happy to announce the launch of the Daniel I. C. Wang Award for excellence in biochemical engineering. This award is to show great appreciation for Professor Wang's contributions in the classroom and beyond. He has helped to make vast progress in biochemical engineering as well as make technological innovations in bioprocessing. This award will be presented to a distinguished biochemical engineer by the Biochemical Technology Division of the American Chemical Society and to an established biotechnologist by the Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The very first two recipients of the Daniel I. C. Wang Award are Dr. Noubar Afeyan of Flagship Ventures and Professor James R. Swartz of Stanford University. These two individuals embody Professor Wang's virtues expressed in his teachings and training. Read more about the first two recipients in the press release.

About Professor Wang

Daniel I. C. Wang has been one of the most influential leaders of the biotechnology industry for many years. He has been such an inspiration through many different avenues. He has served as guidance for students and researchers as a mentor and has developed many research and educational initiatives, both national and international. Professor Wang has also given advice to companies worldwide, research institutions, universities, and governments. Through Professor Wang’s many efforts, many contributions have been made to furthering the global development of biotechnology.

The  naming of a few of the many accomplishments made by Professor Wang will give a proper understanding of what a great inspiration he is to the field of biochemical engineering. Daniel I.C. Wang, M.S, PhD, is an Honorary Professor at the Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, East China University of Science and Technology and at the Peking Union Medical College in the People’s Republic of China. Professor Wang founded the Biotechnology Process Engineering Center through the NSF Engineering Research Center Initiative and acted as its director from 1985 to 1998. He has consulted for over 50 companies worldwide and is on the board of directors and scientific advisory boards on a number of public and private companies. Professor Wang has authored and co-authored five books, over 230 publications, and 15 patents. He has advised more than 80 PhD thesis candidates and more than 50 MS thesis candidates.

[caption id="attachment_43973" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="This is a family tree put together in honor of Professor Wang by Wei-Shou."][/caption] His international activities include membership on the International Advisory Committee of the Biotechnology Research Institute of the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Strategic Review Board on Biotechnology (Chairman) in the Republic of China, International Advisory Committee of the National University of Singapore, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Bioprocessing Technology Institute, A*STAR of Singapore and a member of SAB for the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Science, A*STAR of Singapore. He serves as Member of Scientific Advisory Board at Althea Technologies, Inc. Professor Wang has received awards from the American Chemical Society (Marvin J. Johnson Award, and David Perlman Memorial Lecturer) and from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Award, Institute Lecturer and William H. Walker Award). He was also given the Amgen Award in Biochemical Engineering from the Engineering Foundation and the Asia-Pacific Biochemical Engineering Award. Professor Wang has received the Departmental Outstanding Teaching Award, three times, from MIT. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2000 and an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the Catholic University, Valparaiso, Chile.
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