The CoMSEF Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Professor Bernhardt Trout of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 CoMSEF Impact Award. This annual award recognizes outstanding research in computational molecular science and engineering and will be given to Bernhardt during the CoMSEF General Meeting at the AIChE Annual meeting in Minneapolis. He will also present a talk on his research at the CoMSEF Plenary Session at the AIChE Annual meeting. Bernhardt is the Director of the Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing, Co-Chair of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Chemical and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, and a Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Bernhardt has made important contributions to the development of new computational methods, which he has then applied to the solution of important pragmatic problems; most notable is the impact of his work on the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.
He is receiving the CoMSEF Impact Award "For the development of generally applicable and widely used molecular computational algorithms and their use to obtain new mechanistic understanding of industrially relevant problems."
CoMSEF Impact Award recipients must be within 15 years of completion of their highest degree and be current members of CoMSEF.