Congratulations to Prof James C Liao Elected to the National Academy of Sciences


announcer: Guan-Yu Tung

1980 alumni graduated from the Department of Chemical Engineering of NTU, James C. Liao, a groundbreaking researcher in renewable biofuels and UCLA's Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


Liao, who is chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, is one of 84 new members, including two others from UCLA, elected for their “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.” Liao was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor for engineers in the United States, in 2013.


Liao’s research focuses on understanding fundamental scientific principles of synthetic biology and metabolism, then using that knowledge to solve problems in the production of fuels and chemicals, and in the treatment of metabolic diseases.


Liao’s honors include the 2014 National Academy of Sciences Award for the Industrial Application of Science, which is awarded once every three years; the Environmental Protection Agency's Presidential Green Chemistry Award; a Champion of Change award from the White House; the ENI Prize from the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in Milan; the James E. Bailey Award from the Society for Biological Engineering; the Marvin Johnson Award from the American Chemical Society; the Charles Thom Award from the Society for Industrial Microbiology; the Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; and the Merck Award for Metabolic Engineering. Liao is also a member of Taiwan’s Academia Sinica.