This is the second time India has honored Laurencin. In 2015, the Indian National Academy of Sciences, founded in 1930, elected him a Foreign Fellow. The Academy noted in its citation that he is a pioneer in materials science and a world leader in polymer-ceramics composites research.
With his election to the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Laurencin becomes the first American-born scientist to be elected to both of these academies of India.
“I am honored to be recognized by my colleagues and peers in India with election to the Indian National Academy of Engineering,” said Laurencin. “I am also honored to represent the University of Connecticut, demonstrating to the world the great level of science that is present at our school. I look forward to further collaborations with the talented engineers and scientists of India to advance knowledge in the service of mankind.”
Laurencin is a pioneering surgeon-scientist in orthopaedic surgery, engineering, materials science and regenerative engineering. This year at the White House he received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honor in the U.S. for technological achievement.
At UConn he is a designated University Professor, the eighth in the school’s history. He is professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, professor of materials science and engineering, and professor of biomedical engineering. He serves as chief executive officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS), UConn’s cross-university science institute.
At UConn Health, Laurencin serves as director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering, the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and director of The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical, and Engineering Sciences. He is an elected member of both the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering.