AES Mid-Career Award

Recognizes exceptional contributions to the field of electrophoresis, microfluidics, and related areas by an individual who is currently in the middle of their career.

2022 Recipient

Aditya S. Khair

Professor Khair’s nomination points to his internationally recognized research at the leading edge of theoretical fluid mechanics, his outstanding mentorship, and his service to the AES and other organizations. His research utilizes applied mathematical techniques to solve problems in electrokinetics, fluid dynamics, rheology, and colloid science. Prof. Khair deploys these techniques to analyze the dynamics of complex fluids and soft materials under conditions, or regimes, that cannot be addressed by traditional approaches. He has given over 40 seminars and published 87 peer-reviewed articles—including 10 single-author papers—making breakthrough research contributions in a remarkably wide range of topics, the most relevant here include electrophoresis, microfluidic and electrokinetic flows, and ion transport in electrochemical devices. Regularly collaborating with experimentalists, he publishes in premier journals, including PNAS, Phys. Rev. Lett., Soft Matter, J. Fluid Mech., Electrophoresis, Langmuir, Phys. Rev. Fluids, and J. Colloid and Interface Science. Four of Dr. Khair’s papers include undergraduate co-authors, two where the undergraduate is the first author, which is testament to his passion for deeply involving undergraduates in research. He has received several awards, including the Metzner Early Career Award from the Society of Rheology, the Camille-Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, an NSF CAREER Award, young investigator grants from ACS Petroleum Research Fund and Charles E. Kaufmann Foundation, and the Francois Frankiel Award of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics.


Due each year on November 15. For details on requirements and nomination process, visit

Past recipients

2021 Nathan S. Swami

2020 Alexandra Ros

2019 Christopher J. Easley

2018 Michael Roper 

2017 R. Scot Martin 

2016 Amy E. Herr

2015 Adam T. Woolley 

2014 Kevin Dorfman

2013 Todd Squires

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