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Peter Cummings to Receive the 2007 AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award

Prof. Peter Cummings, Principal Scientist at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and John R. Hall Professor of Chemical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, has been informed that he will receive the 2007 AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of nanoscale science and engineering in the field of Chemical Engineering through scholarship, education or service. Cummings’ citation will read "For outstanding research accomplishments and national leadership in computational nanoscience." Peter will deliver a Nanoscale Science and Engineering Award Lecture during the AIChE Annual Meeting, November 4-9, 2007, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Peter has been a strong advocate for the development of new multiscale modeling techniques as critical enabling tools necessary for theory, modeling and simulation to support fundamental advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology. He has also been a leader in the development of multiscale modeling techniques in his areas of specialization, which include nanotribology, molecular electronics, and hybrid organic-inorganic nanocomposites. Peter will touch on all of these topics during his November 7 award lecture entitled, “Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience – Emerging Tools for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.” Peter was also the recipient of AIChE’s Alpha Chi Sigma Award in 1998 recognizing the most outstanding research achievement in chemical engineering over the previous decade and was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2006.