Joseph M. DeSimone
Dr. Joseph Z. Dickson, a Pittsburgh physician, and his wife, Agnes Fisher Dickson, provided funds in their wills for Carnegie Mellon University to award an annual prize to individuals who make outstanding contributions to science in the United States.Chemist and chemical engineer Joseph DeSimone is this year’s recipient of the Dickson Prize in Science. DeSimone is best known for his breakthrough contributions to polymer and materials science, including the invention of an environmentally friendly process for manufacturing high-performance plastics, and a fully bioabsorbable, drug-eluting stent that is being tested to treat coronary artery disease. DeSimone’s most recent work focuses on 3-D printing.
DeSimone is one of only a few individuals who have been elected to all three of the National Academies: the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He has received more than 50 major awards and recognitions for his work, including the Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation, the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, and the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Innovation.
DeSimone has published more than 300 scientific articles, and holds more than 150 patents, with more than 80 additional patents pending. He has co-founded several companies including Micell Technologies, Biostent, Liquidia Technologies and Carbon3D.
DeSimone is the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, and an adjunct faculty member at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is presently serving as the CEO of Carbon3D in Silicon Valley.