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Blanch wins SBE's Bailey Award

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Harvey Blanch
Professor Harvey Blanch.

July 23, 2010

The Society for Biological Engineering has selected professor Harvey Blanch, UC Berkeley Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, to receive the 2010 James E. Bailey Award for Outstanding Contributions in Biological Engineering.

Presentation of the award will take place during the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2010 annual meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. The ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, November 9, at 6 p.m.

Blanch was recently profiled in the College of Chemistry’s Catalyst magazine. He was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1947 and joined the Berkeley faculty in 1978. He immediately set to work with pioneering biochemical engineer Charles Wilke to develop a bioengineering curriculum.

Blanch is currently the Merck Professor of Biochemical Engineering at Berkeley and the Chief Scientific and Technical Officer for the Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville, CA.

Says Blanch, “Jay Bailey was one of the leaders in employing the tools of molecular biology and genetics for engineering applications. He was a friend and a wonderful colleague, and it is especially gratifying to receive the award named in his honor.”

The Society for Biological Engineering, a technological community within AIChE, is a global organization of leading engineers and scientists dedicated to advancing the integration of biology with engineering.

Organized by prominent leaders in industry, academia and government, the society is working to expand the reaches of chemical engineering and build upon the interdisciplinary nature of biological engineering. The society contributes to bio-related programming at AIChE meetings and at leading biological engineering conferences.

More Information

Harvey Blanch Faculty Profile

Blanch Research Group