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Julio M. Ottino Named to Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

Ottino is among 162 engineers who make up AIMBE’s College of Fellows Class of 2024

Northwestern Engineering’s Julio M. Ottino has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows.

AIMBE fellows represent the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers in academia, industry, education, clinical practice, and government. Advancing innovation to improve healthcare and the safety of society, fellows have distinguished themselves through notable contributions in research, industrial practice, and education.

Julio M. Ottino

Ottino is among the 162 engineers in the College of Fellows Class of 2024, who were formally inducted on March 25 during AIMBE’s Annual Event in Arlington, Virginia. 

Ottino, Distinguished Robert R. McCormick Institute Professor, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and (by courtesy) professor of mechanical engineering, was recognized for “outstanding contributions to the understanding of fluid mixing and biocomplexity, and for leadership in engineering education.”

An internationally recognized researcher in fluid and granular dynamics, Ottino’s research has impacted a wide range of fields including geophysical sciences, material processing and microfluidics, and nonlinear dynamics and complex systems. 

Ottino, who ended his tenure as dean of the McCormick School of Engineering in 2023, was selected as the 2023 G.I. Taylor Medal recipient by the Society of Engineering Science. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

A former Guggenheim Fellow, Ottino was named by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers as one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era,” and was previously the recipient of the American Physical Society’s Fluid Dynamics Prize. 

A prolific author, Ottino published The Kinematics of Mixing: Stretching, Chaos, and Transport (Cambridge University Press, 1989); The Mathematical Foundations of Mixing, with Rob Sturman and Steve Wiggins (Cambridge University Press, 2010); and, most recently, The Nexus: Augmented Thinking for a Complex World, The New Convergence of Art, Technology, and Science (MIT Press, 2022), with collaborator Bruce Mau.