Peppas Receives Benjamin Garver Lamme Award for Teaching Excellence

Nicholas Peppas holds his 2013 Benjamin Garver Lamme Award for Teaching Excellence at the American Society for Engineering Education award ceremony.  A presenter is also shaking his hand.Nicholas A. Peppas, Biomedical Engineering Department Chair, Director of the Center on Biomaterials, Drug Delivery and Bionanotechnology and professor of biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin, received the Benjamin Garver Lamme Award at a special awards ceremony held at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia June 26, 2013.

The Benjamin Garver Lamme Award recognizes excellence in teaching, contributions to research and technical literature, and achievements that advance the profession of engineering college administration.  Peppas received the Benjamin Garver Lamme Award in recognition for his profound educational contribution to biomedical systems, bionanotechnology, biomolecular sciences and engineering, and biomedical engineering education over the past 30 years.  He is also honored for his insight into numerous engineering processes and applications leading to nanoscale analysis, design and development of new biomaterials and medical devises.

Peppas is a leading authority in biomaterials, biopolymers, nanotechnology and biomedical, chemical and pharmaceutical engineering.  Over the past 35 years he has set the fundamentals and rational design of drug delivery systems.  In 2012 Peppas received the Founders Award of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the highest recognition of the Academy.  Peppas is a member of the NAE, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of France, the Royal Academy of Spain, and the Academy of Texas.  He is also a world leader in education of chemical and biomedical engineers.  He has taught these subjects at Purdue and UT Austin and has received 11 departmental, college or university-wide teaching awards.  At Purdue, he designed and taught 16 new undergraduate and graduate courses over 27 years.  At UT Austin, he has taught 7 new courses in 10 years.

Peppas is a recipient of ASEE’s Western Electric Fund Award (1980), George Westinghouse Award (1992), General Electric Senior Research Award (2000) and Dow Chemical Lectureship Aware (2006).  In 2008 he was elected as ASEE Fellow.  He also served as President of the International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Chair-elect of the Engineering Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Past-Chair of the Council of Biomedical Engineering Chairs.  Previously, he served as President of SFB and the Controlled Release Society.  For his research he has been recognized with awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Founders Awards, William Walker Award, Institute Lecture, Jay Bailey Award, Materials Award), the Biomedical Engineering Society (Distinguished Scientist Award), the American Institute of Medical and biolocial Engineering (AIMBE) (Galletti Award), the Society for Biomaterials (Founders, Clemson and Hall Awards)< and other societies.  In 2008 AIChE named him as one of the One Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era.  He is also a fellow of AAAS, AIChE, APS, ACS, MRS, SFB, BMES, AIMBE, CRS, and AAPS.  He has supervised the research of 95 Ph.D.’s and about 180 postdocs and graduate students.

Peppas holds a Dipl. Eng. from the National Technology University of Athens (1971), a Sc.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1973), and honorary doctorates from the universities of Ghent, Parma, Athens and Ljubljana.

About the ASEE Annual Conference

The 2013 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition will be held at the Georgia World Congress & CNN Center, Atlanta, Georgia on June 23-26, 2013.  Each year, deans and faculty members, industry and government representatives, and other leaders in the field of engineering education convene to exchange ideas, effect curriculum changes, enhance teaching methods, and network with peers and those dedicated to furthering engineering education. The conference also offers informational technical sessions, interactive exhibits, student displays, family activities, and entertainment.

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