By Mark Dwortzan
Thanks to a generous gift by Professor and Dean Emeritus Charles DeLisi (BME, Bioinformatics), the College has established the Charles DeLisi Award Lecture and Ceremony. Set to launch in 2015, this annual event will feature a lecture by a College of Engineering faculty member or alumnus who has made outstanding contributions to engineering and society.
Charles DeLisi Distinguished Lecturers may include researchers who have contributed significantly to the advancement of their field, executives who have helped shape their industry, and/or entrepreneurs who have invented or mentored transformative technologies that have enhanced our quality of life. The lectures will be open to the entire Boston University community and the general public.
“There are a lot of unusually talented people among our faculty and alumni who have made contributions that make us all very proud to be part of the BU College of Engineering community,” said DeLisi. “This program will provide us with the opportunity to express our gratitude for their contributions, while enabling them to share their work with a wide audience of scientists, engineers and the public in one of the world’s most important high tech communities.”
Widely considered the father of the Human Genome Project, DeLisi was an early pioneer in computational molecular biology, and also made seminal contributions to theoretical and mathematical immunology. He currently serves as Metcalf Professor of Science and Engineering, and continues to direct the Bimolecular Systems Laboratory, where more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students have trained.
As Dean of the College of Engineering from 1990 to 2000, he recruited leading researchers in biomedical, manufacturing, aerospace, mechanical, photonics and other engineering fields, establishing a research infrastructure that ultimately propelled the College to its ranking in US News & World Report’s top 40 engineering graduate schools. In 1999 he founded—and then chaired for more than a decade—BU’s Bioinformatics Program, the first such program in the nation.