Richard Dickinson

Division Director
National Science Foundation

Richard Dickinson serves as Director of the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) Division in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. CBET includes sixteen programs that fund a broad range of research areas including chemical process systems, biomanufacturing, cellular/biomolecular/tissue engineering, disability and rehabilitation engineering, environmental engineering and sustainability, biophotonics, bio/nanotechnology, and transport phenomena. Dr. Dickinson is on temporary assignment from the University of Florida, where he is Professor and former Department Chair of Chemical Engineering. During his eight years as Chair, his department designed and constructed an alumni-funded building (the Chemical Engineering Student Center), increased the endowed faculty positions from two to eight, and nearly tripled the total historical alumni gifts (cash, pledges, bequests).
Dr. Dickinson received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington and a PhD in University of Minnesota (Chemical Engineering) before serving as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Wisconsin (Chemical Engineering), and as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Bonn (Theoretical Biology). His seminal research contributions in the areas of cytoskeleton filament dynamics, bacterial adhesion, and cell motility have been recognized by his election as Fellow of the American Institute of Medical & Biological Engineering, an NSF CAREER Award, and his selection as UF Research Foundation Professor. He also received the R. Wells Moulton Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington Chemical Engineering Department. Dr. Dickinson has supervised or co-supervised 18 PhD graduates, and his commitment to excellence in engineering education has been recognized by the University-wide Teacher-of-the-Year Award, which is the highest teaching honor bestowed by the University of Florida.

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