Professor Chris Bowman was one of six University of Colorado faculty members to be named a Distinguished Professor, the most prestigious honor for faculty at the university.
Each year, the recognition goes to faculty members who demonstrate exemplary performance in research or creative work, a record of excellence in classroom teaching and supervision of individual learning, and outstanding service to the profession, university and its affiliates.
Professor and Patten Chair of chemical and biological engineering, Bowman is considered the world’s leading expert in photo-induced polymerization reactions (think of dental work using polymer paste cured by ultraviolet light). At CU since 1992, Bowman is the founding director of the Materials Science and Engineering Program, and his leadership has led to rapid growth in his department and college. He also is a clinical professor of dentistry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He has mentored more than 150 undergraduate students, 50 doctoral students and 20 postdoctoral associates in his research lab.
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