UT Austin Biomedical Engineering professor Nicholas Peppas is a recipient of the 2024 BMES CMBE Shu Chien Achievement Award. The recognition is the most prestigious honor bestowed by the BMES Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Special Interest Group.

Presented at the 2024 CMBE Conference during the first week of January, the award recognizes an individual who made exceptional contributions to the field of cellular and molecular bioengineering. These contributions include groundbreaking scientific advances, the development of programs to support the field, as well as the mentoring and training of the next generation of scientists.


I am honored to have received the Shu Chien award from CMBE. It is a recognition of the great  biomedical research done by our great students at the University of Texas at Austin, said Peppas.

In addition to Biomedical Engineering, Peppas is a professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering and the UT Austin College of Pharmacy. He holds the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering #6.

Professor Peppas is the current director of the Institute for Biomaterials, Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine at UT Austin. The institute brings together Texas Engineering's leading researchers in chemical and biomedical engineering who are investigating new ways to improve the body's systems, repair failing organs and administer drugs and vaccines. Through his teaching, research, and accolades, Peppas has brought global prestige to the Cockrell School of Engineering. He has multiple honorary doctorates, dozens of U.S. patents pending or issued, and more than 1,350 papers published.

He is also a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors, National Academy of Medicine, French Academy of Pharmacy, Royal Academy of Spain, Academy of Athens, and The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas.