Ruben G. Carbonell is the Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State University. He joined NC State in 1984, after ten years in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of California, Davis. Prof. Carbonell is Director of the Golden Leaf Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at NC State. He has published over 235 technical papers in the area of small, robust ligands for the capture and purification of biopharmaceuticals, transport processes in porous media, and surface and colloid science. Prof. Carbonell has supervised over 75 MS and PhD students, has published over 235 technical papers, and is an inventor on over 30 patents, several of which have been commercialized. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. In 2007 he was awarded the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence at NC State University, the highest award given to university faculty. In 2011 he was elected a Corresponding Foreign Member of the Academy of Sciences of the Bologna Institute, a prestigious scientific society dating back to 1731. He earned his BS degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College and the PhD degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.