Impact Award in Computational Molecular Science and Engineering

Purpose: This award recognizes outstanding research in computational molecular science and engineering, encompassing both methods and applications. Nominees may hold positions in academia, industry, or a government lab, and must be within 15 years of completion of their highest degree (e.g., someone receiving a PhD degree in 2000 is eligible for the award through 2015).

Requirement: Nominees must be current members of CoMSEF. The CoMSEF Chair and Vice-Chair are ineligible for nomination while they hold these offices. Other CoMSEF officers are eligible for nomination.

Nomination process: A single nomination package consisting of the nominee's CV, a nomination letter (typically from the nominee's department chair or supervisor) and two supporting letters of recommendation should be submitted as a single pdf file to the CoMSEF chair ( The nomination should provide a clear statement as to the impact of the nominees work on the field and an award citation of 25 words or less, beginning with the word 'For'. Self-nominations are discouraged. Call for nominations will coincide with the announcement of the AIChE Annual Meeting's call for papers. Deadline for receipt of nominations will be May 1st annually.

Renomination of candidates is encouraged. It is recommended but not required that the contents of the nomination package be updated each year; while supporting letters may be re-used, the nomination form must have current dates.

Selection process: An ad hoc selection committee consisting of the current CoMSEF chair, the CoMSEF vice-chair and two representatives drawn from related organizations (e.g., area 1a committee, CACHE trustees) will choose the winner based on the overall strength of the research accomplishments of the candidate. A decision regarding the winner of the award will be made by July 1st in order to allow for the award winner to appear in promotional material for the annual meeting.

The award will be presented at the Annual Meeting and the awardee is expected to give a invited talk in the CoMSEF plenary session at the annual meeting.

Frequency: Awarded annually

Prize: A plaque and a cash award

Past Winners

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