Peppas Receives Hocott Research Award

Peppas, NicolasNicholas A. Peppas, Fletcher Stuckey Pratt Chair in Engineering, chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and professor of chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and pharmacy, has been awarded the Billy & Claude R. Hocott Distinguished Centennial Engineering Research Award by the Cockrell School of Engineering.

The award honors faculty members who have brought significant credit and contributions to the engineering profession through documented research while associated with The University of Texas at Austin.

“Dr. Peppas has authored an outstanding number of publications, more than 1,200, and there are over 38,000 citations of his research, showing the profound impact of his contributions to science and engineering,” said Gregory Fenves, dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering.”

“A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the National Academy of Engineering, Academies in Spain and France, and multiple other esteemed organizations, Peppas’ research areas include advanced materials, polymers and nanotechnology and biotechnology.”

He is considered the leading researcher in the field of biomaterials, drug delivery and controlled release.  One of his most important developments was the Korsmeyer-Peppas equation, the basic theoretical model for controlled release systems.  In 2010 he received the national Distinguished Scientist Award from the Southeastern Universities Research Association and in 2007 the Career Research Excellence Award from the University of Texas. 

Peppas will be recognized during the Fall 2012 commencement ceremony in December.

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