Adrienne Minerick, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at Michigan Tech, has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the AES Electrophoresis Society in the society’s annual meeting held in Salt Lake City November 9-12 .
The Distinguished Service Award honors individuals that have had significant long-term involvement with the Society and made a considerable effort toward its success and growth. The award recognizes individuals that have served with excellence through consistent dedication in many different capacities and have contributed to the continuing success of AES Electrophoresis Society. The governing board of the society elected Adrienne “for a decade of consistent and active passion in service to the society, and her significant impact on both the quality and numbers of our current membership”.
Prof. Minerick first joined AES as a graduate student in 2001, became an AES officer in 2004, served as councilor, webmaster, Vice President and eventually served as President from 2010 to 2013. Under her leadership, the AES Electrophoresis Society expanded to sustained programming at two partner societies, and select special programming with an additional two organizations. Membership and contributions grew by 65% and 140%, respectively. As a consequence of the growth, the society’s council was expanded and financial solvency was improved. The research program of Dr. Minerick is at the intersection of electrokinetics and microfluidic devices. One of her primary areas of expertise, dielectrophoresis grew as a focus area within the society during her tenure. “It is an honor to be recognized by the society with this prestigious recognition since the AES Electrophoresis Society played such an integral role in my professional growth from graduate student to my current position,” Adrienne said at the annual meeting, which marked the end of her term as past-president.
“Beyond her considerable scientific and engineering accomplishments, Professor Minerick has been a tireless leader in our community—supporting opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities. We have been lucky enough to have her infectious attitude contribute to AES in many roles over many years” said Mark Hayes, president of AES 2013-2015.
The AES Electrophoresis Society, previously the American Electrophoresis Society or AES, is a unique organization founded in 1980 to improve and promote technologies for electrophoretic separation and detection. With time, this focus has expanded to include all electrokinetic and related techniques for the advancement of different fields. The expertise of our members stretches from electrophoresis to dielectrophoresis and micro/nanofluidics with application in healthcare diagnostics, forensics, advanced manufacturing. The mission of the society is to promote excellence across diverse disciplines; facilitate communication between members worldwide; facilitate the training of scientists and students in electrokinetic technologies; and facilitate peers training peers across the globe. This mission is supported by hosting forums and conferences, recognizing the top talent in electrokinetics and supporting the development of the next generation of researchers and educators.