Cato T. Laurencin is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and the Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He is also the Director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences, and the Chief Executive Officer, The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering.
He is the 8th University Professor in the University of Connecticut’s history. An AIChE Fellow, he was named one of the 100 Engineers of the Modern Era by AIChE. He is active with the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC), and has won the AIChE William Grimes Award. More recently, he is the founder of the Regenerative Engineering Society, a new community within AIChE.
He received his B.S.E. from Princeton, his Ph.D. from M.I.T., and his M.D. from Harvard. He has served in board member roles in industry (Board of Directors of Osteotech), academia (Board of Directors of UCONN Health and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center), government (National Science Board of the FDA) as well as science organizations (Board member of AIMBE, BMES, NMA, SFB, and TERMIS). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine, and internationally a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.
He received the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award from President Clinton, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering Mentoring from President Obama, and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, our nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, in ceremonies at the White House.