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Stuart Cooper voted president-elect of Sigma Xi

Professor Stuart L. CooperProfessor Stuart L. CooperIn an election that ended November 24, 2015, Sigma Xi members voted in a new president-elect, directors and other officers of the society. Stuart L. Cooper, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at The Ohio State University, was voted in as president-elect. Cooper will serve as president of the Sigma Xi beginning July 1, 2017.

About Stuart Cooper

Cooper, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University. He was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin for 26 years and subsequently served as dean of engineering at the University of Delaware, chief academic officer at Illinois Institute of Technology, and provost at North Carolina State University. At both Wisconsin and Ohio State he served as chairman of the departments of chemical engineering. 

Cooper is known for his research on polyurethanes and biomaterials and has supervised the research of 62 Ph.D students and numerous postdocs and visiting professors. He and his collaborators have published close to 400 papers and eight books relating to polymers and biomaterials. He has been active in many professional societies and in 1988 was one of the founding editors of the Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition, a position he still holds.  In 1996 he served as president of the Society for Biomaterials. 

Cooper’s many awards include last year’s Founders Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, as well as the Chemistry of Thermoplastic Elastomers Award from the ACS Division of Rubber Chemistry, the Founders Award from the Society for Biomaterials Science, the International Award for Achievement in Biomaterials from the Japanese Society for Biomaterials, and AIChE’s Charles M. Stine Award.

About Sigma Xi

Sigma Xi, one of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world, is a scientific research and international honor society of science and engineering which has maintained a distinguished history of service to science and society for more than a century. Founded in 1886, it honors excellence in scientific investigation and encourages a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering. Scientists and engineers comprise the membership of the Society, which has inducted over 274,000 members in its lifetime and currently has 31,000 active members.  Over its history more than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members of the Society. The Greek letters “sigma” and “xi” form the acronym of the Society’s motto, “Spoudon Xynones,” which translates as “Companions in Zealous Research.”

Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.


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