Peppas Receives Cockrell School of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award
Nicholas A. Peppas, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, will receive the Billy and Claude R. Hocott Distinguished Centennial Engineering Research Award, which is awarded to a faculty member whose documented research has significantly advanced the engineering profession.
He is the leading researcher in the field of biomaterials, drug delivery and controlled release. The Korsmeyer-Peppas equation, developed early in his career, is the basis of theoretical models for controlled release systems. He is also recognized as an innovator in the classroom and has been recognized with prestigious American Society for Engineering Education awards. Peppas has authored an outstanding number of publications — more than 1,200 — and there are more than 38,000 citations of his research, showing the profound impact of his contributions to science and engineering. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.