Top Society Honors NJIT Bio-Medical Engineering Professor

NEWARK, April 3--Michael Jaffe, Ph.D., a professor of bio-medical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) was recently named one of nine fellows for the year of 2002 in a program sponsored by the American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE).

Since 2000, the fellows program in this division annually honors a small number of PMSE members who have distinguished themselves in the field of polymeric materials. These individuals have been recognized for specific technical achievements, overall advancements of the field and service to this division. Jaffe finds this recognition particularly rewarding as it comes from a group he has worked closely with over a 30-year career.

Jaffe, a Maplewood resident, has an expertise in high performance polymers and liquid crystalline polymers. Prior to coming to NJIT, he was a research fellow with Hoechst Celanese, which he joined upon completion of his Ph.D. in chemistry from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in 1967.

At Hoechst, Jaffe was highly involved with the commercialization of many products including polyester tire cords - the plastics that reinforces tires and liquid crystalline polymers. These are versatile high performance materials used in computers, communications and micro-communications as well as in high strength ropes and cables used to anchor oil drilling platforms.

In 1998, Jaffe left Hoechst Celanese and turned his attention to examining biomaterials designed for in-vivo use as well as integrating the biological and physical sciences. He was named professor at NJIT, became director of the Medical Device Concept Laboratory, Newark, and continued in his role as chief scientist for industrial programs for the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, a statewide research consortium.

Jaffe is a member of the National Materials Advisory Board, is a past chairman of PMSE and currently is a PMSE councilor. In addition to being named a PMSE fellow, Jaffe is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a fellow of the North American Thermal Analysis Society. He has authored more than 50 technical publications, six book chapters and 14 patents.


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