UB CBE Faculty Receive Distinguished Awards

scott weber, sriram neelamegham, satish tripathi.

A. Scott Weber, UB Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Sriram Neelamegham UB Distinguished Professor, and UB President Satish Tripathi

Published November 20, 2022

Several CBE faculty received awards at the UB’s recent Celebration of Faculty and Staff Excellence.

Mark Swihart was named a SUNY Distinguished Professor.


He is a UB Distinguished Professor, Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Empire Innovation Professor in UB’s RENEW Institute.  Mark Swihart is recognized globally for developing new nanoscale materials and for devising new processes for producing them. These materials impact fields ranging from biomedical imaging to renewable energy. Consequently, the methods and materials he creates are used by researchers and industries worldwide. The co-founder of two start-up companies, Swihart is an elected fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has led multiple campus-wide initiatives, including the Strategic Strength in Integrated Nanostructured Systems and the New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics. Beyond UB, he collaborates broadly, promoting interdisciplinary research approaches.

Sriram Neelamegham was named UB Distinguished Professor.

He is a Professor of the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering and of Biomedical Engineering.  Sriram Neelamegham is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Society. He has made pioneering contributions in studies that describe the molecular mechanisms by which white blood cells and platelets interact with other vascular cells in the context of inflammatory disease. He is focused on translating his basic science findings into human health benefits by identifying new targets for drug development. Among his accolades, Neelamegham is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, the Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal from the WNY American Chemical Society and a National Institutes of Health Independent Scientist Award. Neelamegham also leads the development of the Symbol Nomenclature for Glycans at NCBI-NIH.

Haiqing Lin received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

He is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.  Haiqing Lin is a renowned scholar who has made paradigm-shifting breakthroughs in the development of advanced membranes for practical applications. His research focuses on membrane separation science and technology—such as carbon dioxide capture, water purification, industrial gas separations, and polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells—to address societal challenges. The recipient of a CAREER award, Lin develops high-performance materials for various carbon-capture technologies, such as pre- and post-combustion carbon dioxide capture and direct air capture. His work has garnered 23 grants for a total of $12 million, and he is funded by federal sources including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Department of the Interior.

Additional UB CBE Faculty honored were Associate Professor Ashlee N. Ford Versypt, who received the Ray W. Fahien Award from the American Association for Engineering Education, Chemical Engineering Division, and SUNY Distinguished Professor Amit Goyal, who was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

UB CBE PhD candidate Nika Rajabian (Stelios Andreadis research group) received the UB Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity Award.