The AES Lifetime Achievement Award is given for exceptional career contributions to the fields of Electrophoresis, Electrokinetics, and related areas. One award is presented every year at the AES Annual Meeting. The recipient of the award will receive a plaque, a certificate of lifetime membership in the society, and one complementary registration to the annual meeting where the award will be presented.
Hsueh-Chia (Chia) Chang, Notre Dame
Professor Hsueh-Chia (Chia) Chang is the Bayer Corporation Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Notre Dame. He was born to a diaspora Chinese family and grew up in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and California. His early career included two moves (UC Santa Barbara and U of Houston) to be with his mathematician wife and a stint as the Department Chair at Notre Dame (at 35). His original research was on the mathematical theories of nonlinear reaction dynamics, reactant transport and interfacial fluid dynamics. Building on this diverse background, he reoriented his research in 2002 towards the development of diagnostic biochips based on electrokinetics. With collaborators/students from backgrounds in fabrication, manufacturing, medicine and chemistry, he parlayed his fluid mechanics and electrokinetics knowledge into integrated commercializable devices. These devices often involve new technologies based on fundamental insights into the underlying physics and intricate systemic integration of different modules. His lab has brought to the field several key electrokinetic technologies for flow and pressure actuation, dielectrophoretic cell sorting and molecule concentration, electrophoretic exosome isolation and purification, acoustic cell and vesicle lysing, droplet molecular quantification and cell encapsulation, molecular sensing and fractionation etc. Eleven of these technologies have been patented, with 5 more pending. Five have been licensed to startups. He served as the Chief Scientific Advisor of F Cubed LLC (now Cubed Laboratories) for 4 years. He believes that robust multiplexed point-of-care (POC) diagnostic devices will transform health care within the next decade. Professor Chang founded a new journal, Biomicrofluidics of the American Institute of Physics, to serve this community. Since 2003, more than 15 PhD and post-doc students from his laboratory have embarked on academic careers in electrokinetics as tenure-track professors in all engineering and science disciplines over 5 continents. Professor Chang received the Frenkiel Award from the American Physical Society for his interfacial dynamics work. With Leslie Yeo, he coauthored the book “Electrokinetically Driven Microfluidics and Nanofluidics” by Cambridge University Press. He was recognized with a commercialization award from the First-Source Bank of South Bend. He has delivered several named and keynote lectures on electrokinetics and integrated diagnostic technologies.
Deadline is January 1. Details on nomination requirements and process at http://www.aesociety.org/awards/lifetime_achievement_nomination.php.