BUFFALO, N.Y – David Kofke, Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished
Professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Chemical and
Biological Engineering, was named a fellow of the American
Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
Fellow status in the AIChE is one of the highest honors a
chemical engineer can achieve, and is recognition of outstanding
contributions to both the profession and the Institute. To qualify,
one must be a practicing engineer for more than 25 years, a member
of the Institute for 10 years and be sponsored by five peers.
“Being recognized as an AIChE fellow is an honor,”
says Kofke. “But the real motivator for me, and most others I
know in this field, is the enjoyment of solving interesting
problems and telling others about what you’ve
Kofke joined UB in 1989 as an assistant professor after
completing a postdoctoral fellowship in modeling biomolecular
interactions. He has since amassed nearly 130 publications in
scientific journals in the areas of statistical physics and
molecular modeling, and received numerous honors and awards for
research and teaching.
Although Kofke’s research may seem complex to most outside
his field, his studies boils down to improving the ability of
molecular simulation to predict how materials will behave based on
how molecules interact. His work has far-reaching impact in a range
of fields, including pharmaceutical manufacturing, nanotechnology
The lauded professor has also co-authored chapters in
“Handbook of Materials Modeling” and “Molecular
Dynamics: From Classical to Quantum Methods.”
Kofke received a doctoral degree in chemical engineering from
University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in the
same field from Carnegie Mellon University.