Michael L. Shuler is the James and Marsha McCormick Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering as well as the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Chemical Engineering in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He was also a NYSTAR Distinguished Professor (2001-2006). Shuler received both of his degrees in chemical engineering (BS, University of Notre Dame, 1969 and PhD., University of Minnesota, 1973) and has been a faculty member at Cornell University since January 1974. Shuler’s research is focused on biomolecular engineering and includes development of an “artificial” animal (in vitro) for testing pharmaceuticals and chemicals for toxicity, bioprocess production systems for useful compounds, such aspaclitaxel from plant cell cultures, production of foreign proteins using a wide variety of genetically engineered hosts, and computer models of cells relating physiological function to genomic structure. Shuler has co-authored a popular textbook in bioprocess engineering (selected by AIChE as among 30 authors of groundbreaking chemical engineering texts). Shuler has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received numerous awards for research, teaching, and advising of students.