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Shu Chien Receives U.C. San Diego Roger Revelle Medal

At the Founders' Celebration dinner Nov. 15, bioengineering professor Shu Chien and other recipients of the Roger Revelle Medal and Chancellor's Medal were recognized by UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. L-R: Steve Hart, Sue Hart, Denny Sanford, Chancellor Khosla, Shu Chien, Peter Gourevitch. UCSD alumni and ViaSat co-founder and CTO Steve Hart serves on the Dean's Council of Advisors at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and received the Chancellor's Medal. Photo credit: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications.

San Diego, Calif., Nov. 20, 2014 -- University of California, San Diego bioengineering professor Shu Chien has received the Roger Revelle Medal from UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla with the citation: “Shu Chien is widely known as an exceptional researcher, instructor, mentor and citizen of the university and his professional community.” 

Chien received the Roger Revelle Medal, which recognizes current and former faculty for sustained, distinguished and extraordinary service to the campus, at UC San Diego’s annual Founders Dinner celebration Nov. 15.

This recognition tops a long list of previous awards given to Chien.  “We congratulate Shu and thank him for his tireless service to the Department of Bioengineering, and for his tremendous energy, vision and effective leadership.  We are proud to call him one of our own,” said Geert Schmid-Schönbein, professor and chair of the bioengineering department at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

Shu Chien received the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama in 2011 in recognition of his contributions in the field of cardiovascular physiology and bioengineering. As a professor of bioengineering and medicine, Chien is a world leader in the study of how blood flow and pressure affect blood vessels. His research has led to the development of better diagnostic tests and treatments for atherosclerosis as well as other diseases. Chien played a crucial role in forming the Jacobs School’s Department of Bioengineering and building it into a world-class institution that is ranked No. 1 for biomedical engineering by the National Research Council. As director of the UC San Diego Institute of Engineering in Medicine, he is leading efforts to further strengthen research and educational collaborations between all departments of the Jacobs School of Engineering, the School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. 

Chien is one of only a few scholars who are members of all three U.S. national institutes—the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine. He has served in leadership positions in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and other professional societies.

Chien joined UC San Diego in 1988 after he was recruited by Y.C. Fung and Benjamin Zweifach, who co-founded the bioengineering program at UC San Diego with Marcos Intaglietta.

"I regard recruiting Shu as my greatest contribution to UCSD," said Fung in 2005 when Chien received the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asian American Engineer of the Year Awards Committee. Chien has held the Y.C. Fung Endowed Chair in Bioengineering since 2006.

Roger Revelle Medal

The Roger Revelle Medal recognizes UC San Diego founder Roger Revelle’s vision of attracting distinctive and visionary faculty leaders to the campus. The Medal honors a record of accomplishment that advances UC San Diego in fulfillment of the campus mission of exceptional teaching, research, service and patient care.

Conceived in 1981 by then-Chancellor Richard C. Atkinson, the Revelle Medal was first awarded at the Atkinson inauguration. The medal had previously honored distinguished and sustained service to the campus but had excluded faculty or staff.

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Ioana Patringenaru
Jacobs School of Engineering