Rensselaer Professor Steven Cramer Wins American Chemical Society Award

Troy, N.Y. – Steven Cramer, the William Weightman Walker Professor of Polymer Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), has received an American Chemical Society award in Separations Science and Technology.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) awards program is designed to encourage the advancement of chemistry in all its branches, to support research in chemical science and industry, and to promote the careers of chemists. With more than 158,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information.

“Steven Cramer is one of the world’s foremost leaders in the field of bioseparations. He has harnessed the power of fundamental molecular-level theory and modeling and creative experiments to solve important problems in the biotechnology industry,” said Shekhar Garde, dean of the School of Engineering at Rensselaer. “Steve is an outstanding educator and has mentored a generation of students who have become the movers and shakers in global biotechnology industry. We congratulate him on this well-deserved national recognition from the American Chemical Society.”

Cramer, a member of the Rensselaer Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, is a recognized global leader in chromatographic bioprocessing. His research focuses on developing new methods and technologies to separate and purify biological compounds, both of which are major challenges facing drug discovery. This is particularly true of drugs that include proteins, which are notoriously difficult to separate from potentially harmful variants and impurities.

Cramer joined the Rensselaer faculty as an assistant professor in 1986 and in 1990 was named the Isermann Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering. He became a full professor in 1995, and in 2007 was named the William Weightman Walker Professor of Polymer Engineering.

The recipients will be honored at the ACS awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in conjunction with the 251st ACS national meeting in San Diego, California.