Abie Award Winners, Emerging Leader in Honor of Denice Denton

Susan Daniel

2012 Winner of the Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award

Dr. Susan Daniel is an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Cornell University. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Lehigh University, where she discovered and studied novel methods to manipulate liquid droplets on surfaces to create digital fluidic devices. During postdoctoral work in the chemistry department at Texas A&M University, she studied biomimetic microfluidic devices for biological applications. Dr. Daniel joined Cornell University in 2007.

Dr. Daniel’s research group studies phenomena that occur at interfaces and biological surfaces and focuses on two main themes: the dynamic organization of biomolecules in cell membranes and its impact on biological function, and the interaction of viruses with cell membranes and the entry processes that lead to infection. Dr. Daniel is also committed to increasing the number of women in science. She is the faculty advisor for the graduate women’s group in her department, which fosters professional development of graduate women and hosts an annual K-12 outreach program for rural families.

Dr. Daniel has been honored with a National Science Foundation CAREER award and an American Society of Engineering Education Outstanding Teaching Award.