Pratim Biswas, Ph.D., dean of the University of Miami College of Engineering

College of Engineering Dean Pratim Biswas Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Pratim Biswas, Ph.D., Dean of the University of Miami College of Engineering
By Richard Westlund

Pratim Biswas, Ph.D., Dean of the University of Miami College of Engineering

College of Engineering Dean Pratim Biswas Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

By Richard Westlund

Pratim Biswas, Ph.D., dean of the University of Miami College of Engineering, has been elected by his peers as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest scientific society, for his pioneering contributions to aerosol science and engineering.

“I am honored to be selected by this prestigious scientific society, and look forward to creating a preeminent Center for Aerosol Science and Technology (CAST) at the University of Miami,” said Biswas, who is also professor of chemical, environmental and materials engineering with an affiliated appointment in the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

Each year, the AAAS elects fellows who make scientifically or socially distinguished contributions to the advancement of science. Biswas was named a 2021 fellow for advancing the fundamental understanding of aerosol particle formation, growth, transport and deposition in high temperature systems.

A member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, Biswas has applied his research in multiple areas, such as energy and environmental nanotechnology, solar energy, air pollution control, and medicine. His recent work has also studied the airborne spread of SARs-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I look forward to working with other AAAS fellows and members to advance its scientific mission,” said Biswas. “There is a major role for scientists and engineers, to impact society in a positive manner.”

Biswas’ distinguished research career spans more than 25 years.  He is also a fellow of the American Association for Aerosol Research, the International Aerosol Research Assembly, and the Association of Environmental Engineering Science Professors. In addition to these honors, he currently serves as president of the International Aerosol Research Assembly.

Biswas was the only University of Miami researcher elected as an AAAS fellow in 2021. He joins a select group of nine UM faculty members in a variety of AAAS primary sections: Daniel Berg, Ph.D., Industrial Science and Technology; Robert Corell, Ph.D., Atmospheric and Hydropheric Sciences; Murray Deutscher, Ph.D., Biological Sciences; Gregor Eberli, Ph.D., Geology and Geography; Howard Gordon, Ph.D., Atmospheric and Hydropheric Sciences; R. Rodney Howell, M.D., Medical Sciences; Karl Magleby, Ph.D., Medical Sciences; Frank Millero, Ph.D., Chemistry; and Joseph Prospero, Ph.D., Atmospheric and Hydropheric Sciences.

A full list of 2021 fellows can be found at the AAAS website: https://www.aaas.org/page/2021-fellows