Subramanian Ramakrishnan, a chemical and biomedical engineering professor at the FAMU-FSU College, received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2023 Minority Affairs Community Distinguished Service Award.
The award recognizes AIChE members for sustained service and outstanding achievements that advance the goals of the minority affairs community, which includes reducing the underrepresentation of minorities in the Institute, the chemical engineering profession and engineering.
“Professor Ramakrishnan is highly dedicated to recruiting, retaining and graduating minority students in chemical engineering,” said Bruce Locke, professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. “His extensive contributions to outreach to middle and high school, community college and university students have significantly impacted hundreds of people. He has inspired many of these students to pursue engineering by involving them in his laboratory research, supporting their participation in science fairs and running workshops and conference symposia for faculty and students, impacting their career development.”
Ramakrishnan is the director of the Center for Complex Materials Design for Multidimensional Additive Processing (CoManD), a National Science Foundation Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST). The center has excelled in recruiting underrepresented engineering doctoral students to the college and FAMU.
Ramakrishnan earned his Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2001 and received FAMU’s Emerging Researcher award in 2011 and FAMU’s Research Excellence award in 2017. In 2020, he was given the prestigious Joseph Cannon Award in Chemical Engineering by the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. He is a fellow in the Center for Advancement of Stem Leadership 2022-2023. He has published papers in many important high-impact publications, including Physical Review Letters, Journal of Chemical Physics, Langmuir and Macromolecules.