Biographies of Organizing Committee Members
John L. Anderson (Co-Chair) is a University Professor of Chemical Engineering and is affiliated with the Center for Complex Fluids Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the dean of the College of Engineering. He received his B.S. from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. His research interests are membranes, colloidal science, electrophoresis and other electrokinetic phenomena, polymers at interfaces, and biomedical engineering. He is a former co-chair of the BCST and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
John I. Brauman (Co-Chair), the J. G. Jackson and C. J. Wood Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University, is a physical organic chemist whose research centers on structure and reactivity of organic and organometallic compounds in solution and in the gas phase. He received his B.S. in 1959 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1963. Brauman is a recipient of numerous awards, including the American Chemical Society's Award in Pure Chemistry, the Harrison Howe Award, and the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry. He is chair of the Senior Editorial Board of SCIENCE Magazine and has served on several National Research Council panels and committees, including the Committee on Risk Assessment of Hazardous Air Pollutants. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Jacqueline K. Barton (Steering Committee liaison) is Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. She received her A.B. from Barnard College in 1974 and her Ph.D. from
Columbia University in 1979. She did subsequent postdoctoral work at both AT&T Bell Laboratories and Yale University. Barton's research areas are biophysical chemistry and inorganic chemistry. She has focused on studies of recognition and reaction of nucleic acids by transition metal complexes, and particularly upon DNA-mediated charge transport chemistry. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dow Chemical Company and the National Academy of Sciences.
Marvin H. Caruthers is professor of biochemistry and bioorganic chemistry at the University of Colorado. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1968. His research interests include nucleic acid chemistry and biochemistry. His laboratory uses modern concepts in nucleic acid chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology to study regulation and control of gene expression. Caruthers is a former member of BCST and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Liang-Shih Fan is Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Chemical Engineering Department at Ohio State University. He received his B.S. from National Taiwan University in 1970, his M.S. from West Virginia University in 1973, his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 1975, and his M.S. in statistics from Kansas State University in 1978. He performs fundamental and applied research in fluidization and multiphase flow, particulate reaction engineering, and particle technology. Fan is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Larry E. Overman is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. He received a B.A. from Earlham College and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is an organic chemist, specializing in new methods for organic synthesis, natural products synthesis, and medicinal chemistry. Overman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and served as co-chair of the BCST from 1997 to 2000.
Michael J. Sailor is professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. He received his B.S. from Harvey Mudd College in 1983 and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1988. He completed postdoctoral work at Stanford University and California Institute of Technology from 1988 to 1990. His research focuses on the chemistry of nanophase semiconductors, phosphors, and biomaterials, with emphasis on chemical and biological sensors. His group has invented detectors for explosives and nerve warfare agents. He received the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award in 1993 and was named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1994-1995). Sailor received a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award (1993-1998) and a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award in 1994. He is a former member of the Defense Sciences Study Group.
Jeffrey J. Siirola (Steering Committee and BCST liaison) is a research fellow in the Chemical Process Research Laboratory at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee. He received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Utah in 1967 and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1970. His research centers on chemical processing, including chemical process synthesis, computer-aided conceptual process engineering, engineering design theory and methodology, chemical technology, assessment, resource conservation and recovery, artificial intelligence, non-numeric (symbolic) computer programming, and chemical engineering education. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a former member of the BCST.