Guggenheim fellowship awarded to Illinois engineering professor

The Guggenheim Foundation has selected Huimin Zhao, professor in Engineering, to receive a fellowship.

Each year, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation awards fellowships to applicants that have previously shown significant contributions to their field. Zhao is one of 181 fellows for 2012, selected from a pool of over 3,000 applicants.

“It is a big honor, I feel very lucky. I just gave it a try and didn’t think I could get [it],” Zhao said, on being awarded the fellowship.

As a Guggenheim fellow, Zhao will receive grants for between six and twelve months in order for him to pursue his research and work freely.

Zhao is the Centennial Chair Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and has published numerous research articles. After working and teaching at the University since 2000, Zhao was made a full professor in 2008.