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Alan T. Waterman Award Committee Biographies


Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cornell University

Professor Lance R. Collins is the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at Cornell University. Prior to that he served as Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. He joined Cornell in 2002, following 11 years at the Pennsylvania State University. In 2011, He was part of the Cornell leadership team that successfully bid to partner with New York City to build a new campus on Roosevelt Island focused on innovation and commercialization in the tech sector. Professor Collins' research combines simulation and theory to investigate a broad range of turbulent flow processes. In 2007 he was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2014 he received the William Grimes Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and in 2015 he was elected a fellow of the AIChE and also received the AIChE's first-ever Pioneers of Diversity Award. Professor Collins earned his B.S.E. in 1981 at Princeton University and his M.S. in 1983 and his Ph.D. in 1987 at the University of Pennsylvania, all in Chemical Engineering.

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