Christopher Jacobs Award for Excellence in Leadership
This award honors leadership excellence in the field of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) and is named in memory and honor of Christopher R. Jacobs, Ph.D.
This award shall be presented in recognition of leadership excellence in the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering community. Leadership is broadly defined and includes leadership in education, service, and publication/dissemination of the CMBE field. Dedicated service will also be recognized based on time and level of involvement in various programs and activities at, typically, regional or international levels. Contributions should emphasize the awardee's dedication to the cause and needs of the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering community, willingness to give time and effort, and the ability to draw together varied resources to affect change in the community. The BMES acknowledges the generous contribution from the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in establishing this award.
Christopher Jacobs received his BS in systems science and mathematics from Washington University in 1988, and his MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1989 and 1994, respectively. In 1994, Dr. Jacobs joined the faculty of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Pennsylvania State University. Then in 2001, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. From 2008-2018, Dr. Jacobs was a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. Among his honors, he won the prestigious Van C. Mow Medal in bioengineering and the Richard Skalak Award for best paper in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. In addition to teaching and research, he co-authored an acclaimed textbook, “Introduction to Cell Mechanics and Mechanobiology.” Professor Jacobs embodied a culture of volunteerism as a co-founder and council member of the CMBE Special Interest Group (SIG). In honor of the decade long service to the CMBE community, and for championing and leading the efforts to create a Special Interest Group in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering under the umbrella of the BMES parent organization, this award is being named in his honor. Click here for more information about Dr. Jacobs.
A plaque and a named lecture at the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Annual Conference. The financial component of this award is contingent upon the development of an award fund.
Presented at a special meeting of the CMBE Special Interest Group
Award History and Rationale
For nearly 30 years, the Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine (SPRBM) held annual meetings focused on the many biophysical influences in control of growth, repair, and remodeling in biology and medicine. Early in the 2000s, the SPRBM conference was concentrated in the emerging field of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE). At that time, the field of cellular and molecular bioengineering was becoming an increasingly important area in the biomedical engineering community. In 2008, the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) formed a new society journal, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. Shortly thereafter, a few investigators including Prof. Chris Jacobs spearheaded an inaugural joint BMES-SPRBM Conference on Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE), which was held in 2011. The CMBE Conference features authoritative leaders in the field to showcase the current state of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. In addition to outstanding scientific programs, the conference recognizes Post-Doctoral and Graduate Student trainees (travel awards), junior faculty (Rising Star Award), and Lifetime Achievement in the field (Shu Chien Award). This history and success of the CMBE conference and SIG is grounded in the culture of volunteerism embodied by its founders and council members over the years. In honor of the decade long service to the CMBE community, and for championing and leading the efforts to create a Scientific Interest Group in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering under the umbrella of the BMES parent organization, this award is being named in honor of Christopher Jacobs, Ph.D.
Award Application Requirements
- A nomination package that includes a nominator’s letter with a description of the leadership excellence of the nominee,
- Nominee’s full curriculum vitae, resume or a short bio including a brief description of leadership and service contributions to CMBE community, and three-letter(s) of support, and
- Award recipients must be a BMES member in good standing.