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Academy of Science-St. Louis announces recipients of Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Awards
Date:1/13/2011

erican College of Surgeons and is President-Elect of the American Surgical Association.

The James B. Eads Award for outstanding achievement in technology or engineering will be presented to Alexander Rubin, PhD, Senior Technical Fellow, Boeing Research and Technology, The Boeing Company, and Ettigounder (Samy) Ponnusamy, PhD, Principal Scientist, Sigma-Aldrich.

Alexander Rubin is an internationally recognized expert in composite materials, structures and analysis. His breakthrough work in thermoplastic composites led to the first wide spread implementation of structural thermoplastic components on military and commercial aerospace and key international partnerships. Dr. Rubin is also recognized for his international leadership of R & D projects and his work with Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches and mentors students.

Ettigounder (Samy) Ponnusamy embodies the characteristics of a leading edge R&D chemist. His area of specialty, Polyamino acid polymer chemistry, has benefited from his many patents and at least 10 global companies use his advances to facilitate their products. His work is dedicated to the design, improvement and scaling up of novel drug delivery polymers and polyamino acids, to advance new medical devices and chemical entities for the cure and treatment of oncology, heart disease and vaccine therapies. One such innovation, an efficient and green chemical synthesis has led to a safe and less toxic formulation of paclitaxol-a leading oncology drug in the US.

Dr. Ponnusamy is also a driving force in the area of Green Chemistryreducing hazardous waste and chemicals in synthesis.

The Fellows Award recognizes a distinguished individual for outstanding achievement in science. Two professional scientists receiving the 2011 awards are: Duane Grandgenett, PhD, Professor, Institute for Molecular Virology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and Toni Kutchan, Ph
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Contact: Mary Burke
mburke@academyofsciencestl.org
314-322-5214
Academy of Science, St. Louis
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