Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani tonight announced the winners of the 1998 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology at a reception at Gracie Mansion. The awards recognize the important role that members of the scientific and engineering communities play in contributing to the success of the City.

Joining the Mayor for the presentation of the awards were Schuyler Chapin, Commissioner of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Rodney Nichols, President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences; and Dr. Herb Pardes, Dean of the Columbia University Faculty of Medicine and Chair of New York City Biomedical and Biotechnology Task Force.

“It is my pleasure to congratulate the recipients of the 1998 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology,” Mayor Giuliani said. “Thanks to talented people like you, who have embraced science and technology, our country and City have risen to new heights in the 20th Century.

“The scientific and technological research applications that are discovered and perfected in New York City constitute not only some of our greatest commercial exports but some of our greatest contributions to the world,” the Mayor continued. “That’s why I announced the formation of a new Biomedical and Biotechnology Task Force in December of last year. Our goal is to help strengthen collaborative research developments throughout our City, recruit more world-class researchers to New York and focus our efforts to promote and expand biotechnology business development in the Capital of the World.” This year’s winners of the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology are:


Professor Acrivos and some of his guests (From left to right: Mahesh Tirumkudulu, Ph.D. candidate; Mary Wright, Office Manager of the Levich Institute; Andreas Acrivos; Demetrios Papageorgiou, NJIT)

Dr. Andreas Acrivos – Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences Award Dr. Acrivos’ Levich Institute for Physicochemical Hydrodynamics brings together the disciplines of science and engineering to explore the dynamics and transport properties of fluids, including chemically and electrically complicated fluids found in biological systems. This important research forms the foundation for modeling, analyzing, and engineering processes based upon fluid mechanics