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CHESS is proud to note that CHESS user, Hongyou Fan, working at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico has been named the Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) 2012 by the Chinese Institute of Engineers USA (CIE/USA). Hongyou is well known for his innovative work in the field of nanomaterials and self-assembly.

Fan is a technical staff member at Sandia national Laboratory and a joint research professor at University of New Mexico. Fan's expertise is focused on soft self/directed-assembly and engineering of nanostructured materials and elucidation of their structure-property relationship for device integration. Recently, his group used the unique high pressure SAXS/WAXS techniques only available at CHESS and developed pressure-tuned assembly of nanomaterials for studies of coupling based physical property and new nanostructures. He authored and co-authored more than 60 refereed journal articles and two book chapters, and also holds 15 patents. Over last ten years, he has been honored for his many outstanding scientific and technical achievements, including Sandia National lab’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Award for Excellence, R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Award for technically significant products, the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Outstanding Technology Development Award, and a UNM Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award.

The CIE/USA award recognizes engineers who have established the professional career and also made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession along with benefits to the public welfare and the humankind. Fan will receive his award in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the AAEOY 2012 award ceremony and banquet being held at the Marriott Uptown on Saturday, March 3, 2012. More information about the program and event is available at http://www.aaeoy2012.org/.