Two School Alumni, Richard Korsmeyer (MS 1980, PhD 1983) and Antonios Mikos (MS 1985, PhD 1988), Elected to NAE

Richard W. Korsmeyer
Richard W. Korsmeyer
Antonios G. Mikos
Antonios G. Mikos
We are proud to announce that two School alumni were elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) today.

We are proud to announce that two School alumni were elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) today.

Dr. Richard W. Korsmeyer (MS 1980, PhD 1983) is currently Global Head of Licensing, Worldwide Pharmaceutical Sciences and Senior Research Fellow with Pfizer.  He has been a major figure in the development and commercialization of drug delivery systems. Specifically, he is the co-inventor of a method that permits delivery of a full course of the antibiotic azithromycin therapy with a single oral dose, which was developed into the commercial product, Zmax™.   He has authored 65 publications and 25 patents.  He is a member of the Connecticut Nanotech Coordinating Group, member of several journal editorial boards and a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).   

His citation reads: “For contributions to drug delivery formulations and medical devices.”

Dr. Antonios G. Mikos (MS 1985, PhD 1988) is the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University.  In addition, he is Director of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering at Rice University.

Dr. Mikos’ research focuses on the synthesis, processing, and evaluation of new biomaterials for use as scaffolds for tissue engineering, as carriers for controlled drug delivery, and as non-viral vectors for gene therapy. His work has led to the development of novel orthopaedic, dental, cardiovascular, neurologic, and ophthalmologic biomaterials.  An author of over 420 publications and 25 patents, he has been cited more than 28,000 times.

Dr. Mikos is the editor-in-chief of Tissue Engineering, the premier journal of the field, and serves on several other journal editorial boards. He is currently President of the North American Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society and has co-authored the premier textbook on biomaterials.  His previous recognitions include the Founders Award of the Society for Biomaterials, AIChE’s Alpha Chi Sigma Award and the Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Award, and ASEE’s Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award and the Chemstations ChE Lectureship Award.  He received our School’s Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award in 2008. 

His citation reads:  “For advances in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, biomaterials, and drug delivery, including development of biodegradable polymers.”

Both Drs Korsmeyer and Mikos completed their PhD research under the direction of Professor Nicholas A. Peppas, a distinguished member of our School’s faculty during 1976-2002.  He is currently Fletcher Stuckey Pratt Chair in Engineering and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas-Austin.