Thomas Webster, an internationally renowned researcher who has pioneered the use of nanotechnology to improve medical devices, was formally installed as the inaugural Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering on Friday afternoon.
Webster, a professor and chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, was honored at a ceremony in the Raytheon Amphitheater attended by President Joseph E. Aoun and other university leaders, faculty, staff, students, family, and friends. He gave a lecture in which he discussed his career developing nanomaterials for a range of medical applications, his love for working on translational research, and how his entrepreneurial endeavors have paved important paths toward advancing his work beyond the lab.
Endowed chairs and professorships are among the highest recognition that an institution of higher education can bestow on its faculty, and among the most powerful tools Northeastern has for recruiting and retaining top faculty. Donors like Zafiropoulo who establish an endowed chair create a lasting legacy that links their name to excellence in research and teaching in perpetuity. Endowed chairs are reserved for distinguished scholars and teachers and provide funds to the chair holder in support of his or her teaching, research, and service.
Read the full article over at news@Northeastern here! Congratulations Dr. Webster!