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Yoram Cohen

Yoram Cohen


University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Yoram Cohen received his B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., in 1975 and 1977, respectively, both in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1981. He has been on the Faculty of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) since 1981. Dr. Cohen is an Adjunct Professor at Ben-Gurion University. He was a Visiting Professor at the Technion (1987-1988), at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (1944) and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Victoria University (2006). He is a founder and Director of the Water Technology Research Center and the Center for Environmental Risk Reduction, and a member of the UCLA/National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN). Dr. Cohen is a UCLA Luskin Scholar and a recipient of the 2008 Ann C. Rosenfield Community Partnership Prize in recognition of his environmental research. He received the 2003 Lawrence K. Cecil award in Environmental Chemical Engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the AIChE Separations Division Outstanding Paper Award (1997 and 2009), and was elected Fellow of the AIChE in 2009. In 2008 he received a County of Los Angeles Commendation (2008), a State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition, and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (US) for contributing to legislation to protect public health and dedicated service to the Los Angeles community. Dr. Cohen served as Chair of the AIChE Environmental Division (2002) and of the Separation Division (2008). He published over one hundred and sixty research papers and book chapters in water technology, separations processes, transport phenomena, polymer science, surface nano-structuring and environmental engineering. He is also the Editor of three environmental volumes. Dr. Cohen developed patented technologies in membrane synthesis, reverse osmosis desalination, surface nano-structuring and chemical sensors, and developed models and software for environmental multimedia impact assessment. He has served on numerous Government Advisory Committees (including the USEPA Science Advisory Board) and Boards (e.g., NRC Board on Environmental studies and Toxicology). Dr. Cohen organized over thirty scientific conferences, including the 2008 International Congress on Membranes and membrane processes (ICOM), the 2009 West Coast Water Technology Transfer workshop, and he is the Meeting Program Chair of the 2010 Annual AIChE Meeting.

Co-teaching the course on Water Technologies: An eye on the 21st Century Technologies & Markets.

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