Ruben G. Carbonell completed his BS in chemical engineering from Manhattan College in 1969 and his PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1973. He is the Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State University, which he joined in 1984 after 10 years on the faculty at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Carbonell is the Director of the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center (BTEC) at NC State. As BTEC Director, he has overall responsibility for all activities of the center, including academic programs, professional development courses, and process and analytical services provided for industry. Dr. Carbonell has been an author on more than 210 publications and is an expert on downstream processes, particularly affinity separations. He has won several university awards for teaching and research, and he is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society.