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Guillermo Ameer Elected Fellow of AIChE

Ameer honored for his pioneering work in biomaterials and regenerative engineering

Northwestern Engineering’s Guillermo Ameer has been elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals.

An expert in biomaterials and regenerative engineering, Ameer was recognized for his valuable contributions to the field. He officially received the award on October 31 at the AIChE Fellows Breakfast in Minneapolis.

Guillermo Ameer“It’s an honor to be recognized and receive this distinction from AIChE,” said Ameer, the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery. “It puts me in the company of such highly accomplished chemical engineers.”

Ameer is a faculty affiliate of Northwestern’s Simpson Querrey Institute for Bionanotechnology, the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, and the International Institute for Nanotechnology.

Nominated by their peers, AIChE fellows are elite members who have practiced chemical engineering for more than 25 years and made significant contributions to the profession. AIChE’s board of directors elected 28 fellows this year.

A founding board member of AIChE’s Regenerative Engineering Society, Ameer focuses on biomaterials, medical devices and regenerative engineering, specifically for cardiovascular, orthopedic applications, urological, and diabetes applications. His work includes designing and evaluating biodegradable materials that promote tissue regeneration, wound healing and prevent scarring. His other interests include controlled drug, protein, and gene delivery, patient-specific medical devices using 3D-printing, and stem cell engineering.

Ameer has received many awards and honors for his work. In 2003, MIT Technology Review selected him as a top innovator under 35. He also received the American Heart Association Established Young Investigator Award, the Wallace Coulter Early Career Translational Award, and a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. He is also a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.