Dr. Joel R. Fried is currently professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Florida State. Previously he was professor and the Wright Brothers Endowed Chair in Nanomaterials at the University of Dayton. He is also professor emeritus of Chemical Engineering and Fellow of the Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati where he served as the director of the Polymer Research Center and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering. He received BS degrees in Biology and in Chemical Engineering and a ME degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MS and PhD degrees in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). At the University of Cincinnati, he has held positions of director of the Polymer Research Center and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Cincinnati. Previously to his academic appointment at Cincinnati in 1978, Professor Fried was an Associate Staff Member at the Corporate Research and Development Center of GE (Schenectady, NY) and later a senior research engineer at the Corporate Research and Development Center of Monsanto (St. Louis) focusing on the development of the new polymeric membranes for gas separations.