CEMS alumnus Douglas Lauffenburger named a recipient of the 2021 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education

Jan. 11, 2021 - Professors Douglas A. Lauffenburger (PhD ChE ’79) and Linda G. Griffith, both at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), were awarded the 2021 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education from the National Academy of Engineering for originating biology-based engineering education that is producing a new generation of leaders capable of addressing world problems with innovative biological technologies.

Lauffenburger is the Ford Professor Bioengineering in the Departments of Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Biology at MIT. He was the founding head of the Department of Biological Engineering and served in that capacity from 1998 until 2019. He also holds affiliations with the Center for Biomedical Engineering, Center for Gynepathology Research, and Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, as well as the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard.

A central focus of the Lauffenburger research program is systems biology approaches to cell-cell communication and cell signaling important in pathophysiology, with emphasis on translational application to therapeutics discovery and development in cancer, pathogen infection, and inflammatory disease.

Along with many honors and awards from professional societies, Professor Lauffenburger is a member of the NAE and American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science and the American Scientific Affiliation.

The Gordon Prize recognizes new modalities and experiments in education that develop effective engineering leaders. The focus is on innovations such as curricular design, teaching methods, and technology-enabled learning that strengthen students' capabilities and desire to grow into leadership roles. Awarded annually, the recipient receives a $500,000 cash award, half granted to the recipient and the remainder granted to the recipient's institution to support the continued development, refinement, and dissemination of the recognized innovation.

The intent of the donor, Bernard Gordon, in endowing this prize was to enhance U.S engineering leadership, to foster the development of engineering leaders through innovative educational programs developed by U.S. institutions of learning in the U.S. (i.e., not an international satellite facility) and to increase U.S economic competitiveness.

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