Cato T. Laurencin is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Laurencin earned his B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and his M.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the Harvard Medical School. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Clinically, Dr. Laurencin is a shoulder and knee surgeon. He is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Dr. Laurencin is an elected member of both the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Internationally, he is an elected Fellow (Associate) of the African Academy of Sciences, an elected Fellow (Foreign) of the India National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences. Dr. Laurencin is an Academician and Member (Foreign) of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.