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Jerome Schultz


Jerome Schultz

A Top Chemical Engineer Who Calls UC Riverside Home

How would you describe a top engineer of our time? Look no further than UCR’s Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering Jerome Schultz, who was honored in 2008 as one of the One Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Every one of us has likely benefited from Schultz’s half-century of research. Perhaps it was his work making possible the manufacture of antibiotics and steroids in large quantities. Or the development of synthetic membranes used in artificial kidneys and water purification. If you’re a diabetic, your implanted optically-based glucose sensor providing continuous and noninvasive monitoring of blood sugar is likely due to Schultz’s research.

I see immense opportunities in the convergence of the engineering and biological disciplines for new and expanded technologies to improve health and well being throughout the world. Every day I have the opportunity to meet with students and excite their imagination as to how they can become the innovators of the future. At UCR there are no barriers to cooperative collaborations across disciplines and with our neighbors and colleagues worldwide.

Engineers can thank the UCR pioneer researcher for his active role in the founding of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. The organization gave biological engineers funding clout before the National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, now a major source of bioengineering research funding. NIH has been among several organizations to recognize Schultz’s career achievements.

Generations of bioengineering practitioners, researchers, and faculty members — and the fruits of their research — continue to emerge from bioengineering departments Schultz founded at two major universities. The center and academic program in Bioengineering he founded at the University of Pittsburgh have been recognized by major national awards, with the program ranked in the top 20 bioengineering departments by U.S. News & World Report. In 2004 Schultz left Pittsburgh to build a bioengineering program at UC Riverside.

Schultz is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He is known internationally for his work on biosensors, biomaterials, pharmacokinetics and membrane processes. He has come a long way from the Brooklyn boy who sneaked a peak into his physician father’s microscope for his first view of the biochemistry of life.

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