In early June, Professor Emeritus John C. Chen of chemical engineering was awarded the first ever World Scientific Award from the International Conference on Boiling and Heat Transfer. The 8th International Conference, held June 3-7 2012 at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, presented the inaugural award to Chen for his seminal contributions to its field. Chen, who has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in chemical engineering and mechanical engineering over some four decades at Lehigh, is widely recognized as a pioneer and world leader on boiling heat transfer and associated areas. An internationally respected scholar, he has published more than 200 technical articles and won 16 major national or international research awards, and has served as dean of the College of Engineering (1999-2001) and chair of chemical engineering (1983-1989). He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a member of the American Chemical Society, a member of the American Association for Advancement of Science, and a fellow and past president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.