Nicholas A. Peppas is the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering, He is Professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Surgery in the Dell Medical School and Pharmacy. He is the Director of the Institute of Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, and Regenerative Medicine of the University of Texas at Austin. His work in biomaterials, polymer physics, drug delivery, and bionanotechnology has followed a pioneering multidisciplinary approach by blending modern molecular and cellular biology with engineering principles to design the next-generation of medical systems and devices for patient treatment. Over the past 42 years he has set the fundamentals and rational design of drug delivery systems and developed models of drug and protein diffusion in controlled release devices and biological tissues. In 2012 he received the Founders Award of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the highest recognition of the academy, for these contributions to the field. Peppas is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the National Academy of Pharmacy of France, the Royal Academy of Spain, the Academy of Athens, and the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Sciences of Texas (TAMEST). He has been recognized with numerous awards by AIChE, BMES, AIMBE, the Society for Biomaterials, and other societies. In 2008, AIChE named him one of the One Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era. He is president of the International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (2008–2016) and a fellow of AAAS, AIChE, APS, ACS, MRS, is SFB, BMES, AIMBE, CRS, AAPS, and ASEE. Peppas has been one of the very early proponents and supporters of CRS and has been attending its meetings for 39 years. He was CRS president in 1987–1988. CRS has awarded him the CRS Founders Award (1991), the CRS Service to the Society Award (1992), the Jorge Heller Award for Outstanding Research (1999), and the Eurand Award for Outstanding Contributions to Oral Drug Delivery (2002). He is an inaugural CRS Fellow (2010). Peppas was the force and program organizer behind the first international meeting of CRS (Geneva, 1985) and was a co-organizer of the 1988 (Basel) and 1991 (Amsterdam) CRS meetings. In addition, he helped found 12 of the initial CRS local chapters in the early 1990s, including the chapters in Spain/Portugal, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, the Nordic countries, Argentina, and Australia. Peppas has been a Visiting Professor in the Pharmacy Departments of the Universities of Paris-Sud, Geneva, Parma, Pavia, Naples, Santiago de Compostela, Complutense, Marmara, Haccetepe, Free University of Berlin, and Hoshi (Tokyo). He is the co-author of 1,600 publications with 100,000 citations (H=150). He has supervised the research of 107 PhDs and about 180 postdocs and graduate students. Peppas holds a Dipl. Eng. from the NTU of Athens (1971), a Sc.D. from MIT (1973). He has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Ghent (Belgium), Parma (Italy), Athens (Greece), Ljubljana (Slovenia), and Patras (Greece). He is also honorary professor at Sichuan University (Chengdu) and Peking Union Medical College (Beijing) both in China.