CEMS alumnus Richard Dickinson to lead NSF Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems

Aug. 17, 2017 - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Richard B. Dickinson (Ph.D. ChE '92) of the University of Florida, Gainesville, as division director of the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) in the Directorate for Engineering. Dickinson is a professor in the University of Florida department of chemical engineering, where he served for eight years as department chair.

Dickinson has spent most of his career at the University of Florida (UF) devoted to teaching and research. As chair of the UF chemical engineering department, he secured support for an overhaul of the undergraduate laboratory, six new endowed faculty positions, and the construction of a new building. Before serving as the department’s chair, he was its director of graduate studies for five years. His excellence in the classroom was recognized with a UF Teacher-of-the-Year Award, the University’s highest honor for teaching.

Dickinson earned his B.S. at the University of Washington and his Ph.D. under the direction of Professor Robert Tranquillo at the University of Minnesota, both in chemical engineering. Prior to joining UF, he held a postdoctoral appointment in chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin and was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in theoretical biology at the University of Bonn in Germany.

The NSF Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET) in the Directorate for Engineering supports discoveries in chemical and biochemical systems; environmental engineering and sustainability; bioengineering and engineering healthcare; and fundamental transport, thermal and fluid phenomena.

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