Yoram Cohen | AIChE

Yoram Cohen

Distinguished Professor
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Yoram Cohen received his B.A.Sc. (1975), and M.A.Sc. (1977) in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Toronto, and Ph.D. (1981)from the University of Delaware. He is a Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he has been a member of the Faculty since 1981. He is on the Faculty of the Institute of the Environmental and Sustainability, a Faculty Affiliate of the California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA Luskin Scholar at the Center for Innovations (School of Public Affairs), Associate Faculty with the UCLA Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, and he is Adjunct Professor at Ben-Gurion University (Department of Desalination & Water Treatment, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research). He was a Visiting Professor at the Technion (1987-1988), at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain 1994), and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Victoria University (Australia 2006). Dr. Cohen is a recognized expert and technology innovator in water treatment and desalination, membrane separations, environmental impact assessment, toxicity modeling, machine learning and nanoinformatics. His research contributed to the development and deployment of advanced flexible, self-adaptive and energy optimal water desalination systems, new membranes and monitoring of membrane fouling, mineral scaling and membrane integrity. His contributed to environmental protection efforts to promote water reuse, develop clean drinking water supplies for disadvantaged communities, and reduce risks from exposure to chemical contaminants. In 2003 he received the Lawrence K. Cecil award in Environmental Chemical Engineering from the AIChE Environmental Division and was elected AIChE Fellow in 2009. In 2008 he received the  Ann C. Rosenfield Community Partnership Prize (2008), a California Senate Certificate of Recognition, and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (US) for contributing to legislation to protect public health and dedicated service to the community. He is a founder and Director (2005-present) of the UCLA Water Technology Research (WaTeR) Center, co-founded and served as Director (1987-1992) of the UCLA/EPA National Center for Intermedia Transport Research and was co-founder and Director (1995-2008) of the Center for Environmental Risk Reduction. He is also co-founding member of the UCLA/NSF Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology which received the 2012 California Governor’s Award in Green Chemistry.