NAE announces winners of 2020 Simon Ramo Founders and Arthur M. Bueche Awards


Washington D.C., October 02, 2020 –
On Sunday, Oct. 4, during the 2020 annual meeting, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) will present two awards for extraordinary impact on the engineering profession. The Simon Ramo Founders Award will be presented to Frances S. Ligler for her research contributions and leadership in engineering. The Arthur M. Bueche Award will be given to Arden L. Bement Jr. for his contributions to technology research, policy, and national and international cooperation.

Frances S. Ligler is the Ross Lampe Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University and the School of Medicine and College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ligler is being recognized with the Simon Ramo Founders Award “for the invention and development of portable optical biosensors, service to the nation and profession, and educating the next, more diverse generation of engineers.” The award acknowledges outstanding professional, educational, and personal achievements to the benefit of society and includes a commemorative medal.

Prior to joining the joint department in 2013, Ligler was at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory for 28 years, serving since 1995 as the U.S. Navy Senior Scientist for Biosensors and Biomaterials. Earlier in her career, she was successively a principal scientist, project leader, and group leader for cellular immunology at DuPont. She has served on the board of trustees of Furman University and currently serves on the academic advisory board for Plaksha University, a new engineering college in India.

Ligler is currently working in the fields of biosensors, microfluidics, tissue-on-chip, and regenerative medicine; she has also conducted research in biochemistry, immunology, and analytical chemistry. She has over 400 publications, including 35 U.S. patents and four books, and has served on