December 23, 2015

UConn's Dr. Cato T. Laurencin to receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation

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Dr. Cato T. Laurencin

UConn's Dr. Cato T. Laurencin will receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama next year, the White House announced Tuesday.

The award is the nation's highest honor for technological achievement that is bestowed by the president on America's leading innovators.

Laurencin is a world-renowned surgeon-scientist in orthopaedic surgery, engineering, and materials science, and is known as a pioneer of the field of regenerative engineering, UConn said in announcing the award. He has made fundamental l contributions in polymeric materials science and engineering, and nanotechnology. His research successes have included the growth and regeneration of bone, ligaments and other musculoskeletal tissues.

Laurencin thanked his family, teachers, mentors, colleagues, and students for inspiring him each day, adding, "What has been accomplished on this journey is in large part due to them."

Laurencin previously received the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award from President Bill Clinton for his work bridging engineering and medicine, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring from President Obama.

Laurencin is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; professor of materials science and engineering; and professor of biomedical engineering at UConn.

He is also the chief executive officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS), UConn's cross-university translational science institute. At UConn Health, he is director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering; the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; and director of The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical, and Engineering Sciences.

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