Wilfred Chen

Biotechnology award

Engineering's Wilfred Chen wins Biotechnology Progress Award

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10:25 a.m., Sept. 17, 2012--Wilfred Chen, Gore Professor of Chemical Engineering in the University of Delaware’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will receive the 2012 Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual meeting in Pittsburgh, Oct. 28-Nov. 2.

Given annually, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to literature in biomedical engineering, biological engineering, biotechnology, biochemical engineering and related fields.

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Chen was selected for his foundational contributions to biomolecular and protein engineering, particularly in the areas of bio-sensing and biofuel production.

“I am pleased and honored to receive this award as it recognizes not only my work, but the hard work of my many students, post-docs and collaborators,” Chen said.

As part of the award, Chen will have a review paper published in Biotechnology Progress, a bimonthly publication of AIChE and its technological community, the Society for Biological Engineering. 

This features peer-reviewed research articles, reviews and descriptions of emerging techniques for the development and design of new processes, products and devices for the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical and bioprocess industries.

About the professor

Chen joined UD as a Gore Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in January 2011. He previously was a professor of chemical and environmental engineering at the University of California Riverside, where he served as the Presidential Chair of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering from 2006-10. 

His research focus at UD centers on developing biomolecular tools to address key global problems in viral infection, disease pathogenesis, biofuel production and separation of protein pharmaceutics.

Chen was named a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2011. He is the author of over 190 journal papers and has delivered over 50 invited lectures. 

Article by Megan Marschall

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