“ERVA is poised to play an important advisory role in the optimal allocation of R&D resources to address society’s greatest challenges. I am honored to be serving on the inaugural Standing Council and will draw upon my past leadership experiences in industry (bio-pharmaceutical) and government (NSF) to help us deliver on the vision for society.”
Sangtae Kim is the Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld Head and Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, where he is engaged in rational computer-aided drug discovery research. A native of Seoul who was raised in Montreal, Kim earned simultaneous bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a doctorate from Princeton. He started his career at the department of chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in computational micro hydrodynamics, rising to the rank of Wisconsin distinguished professor in eight years.
In 1997, Kim left Madison to work in the pharmaceutical industry as vice president of research and development information technology, first with Warner Lambert’s Parke-Davis Division and then later with the Lilly Research Laboratories of Eli Lilly. He returned to academia in 2003 to become a distinguished professor at Purdue University and to serve at the U.S. National Science Foundation as the inaugural division director for the national cyberinfrastructure programs. Among many honors, Kim has received the 1993 Allan P. Colburn Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, was inducted in 2001 as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and received the 2013 Ho Am Prize in Engineering from the Samsung/Ho Am Foundation.