Release Date: December 4, 2014
BUFFALO, N.Y. – David Kofke, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
AAAS members are selected by a committee of their peers. Kofke was recognized for his contributions to the fields of thermodynamics of fluids and the statistical mechanics of molecular systems.
"David Kofke is a true scholar,” says Stelios Andreadis, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. “His selection as an AAAS fellow is another testament of his academic achievements and the respect that he enjoys among our peers."
Kofke joined the UB faculty in 1989 as an assistant professor after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in modeling biomolecular interactions.
He has since amassed nearly 130 publications in scientific journals in the areas of statistical physics and molecular modeling, and has received numerous honors and awards for research and teaching.
Although Kofke’s research may seem complex to most outside his field, his work boils down to predicting how materials will behave based on how molecules interact. His work has far-reaching impact in fields ranging from pharmaceutical manufacturing to nanotechnology and biochemistry.
Kofke received a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in the same field from Carnegie Mellon University.