AES Lifetime Achievement Award

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.

2021 Recipient

Juan G. Santiago

Juan G. Santiago received his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995. He holds the Charles Lee Powell Foundation endowed professorship at Stanford and serves as the Vice Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department. His research includes the development of microsystems for on-chip biochemical analysis, two-phase flow devices, and capacitive deionization methods. Applications of this work include molecular diagnostics, cell analyses, electronics cooling, and the production of drinking water. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the new journal Flow published by Cambridge University Press. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Microfluidics and Nanofluidics. He has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Analytical Chemistry and as Associate Editor of the journal Lab on a Chip. He is a co-founder of several companies in the microfluidics area. Santiago has given more than 32 keynote and named lectures and more than 150 additional invited lectures. As one measure of impact, his work is cited about 1500 times per year (Google Scholar h index of 79). He has graduated 32 PhD students and advised eight postdoctoral researchers, and 34 of these lab alumni have continued in microfluidics research (18 are professors at major universities). He has authored and co-authored over 200 archival publications and 250 conference papers, and he is a named inventor in 60 issued patents (25 of which are currently licensed).


Deadline is traditionally January 1. Details on nomination requirements and process at

Past recipients

2020       Philippe Renaud
2019 Hsueh-Chia (Chia) Chang

2018 Norman Dovichi

2017 Ron Pethig

2016 Jean-Louis Viovy

2015 Cornelius Ivory

2014 Pier Giorgio Righetti

2012 Nancy Stellwagan

2011  Kelvin H. Lee

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