Shu Chien is University Professor of Bioengineering & Medicine and Director of Institute of Engineering in Medicine at UCSD, where he was Founding Chair of Department of Bioengineering. He is a world leader in molecular, cellular and integrative studies on bioengineering and physiology in health and disease. He served as President of Microcirculatory Society, American Physiological Society, Biomedical Engineering Society, International Society of Biorheology, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
He is member of all four US National Academies: National Academy of Science, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of Academia Sinica in Taiwan and Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (Foreign Member). He has received numerous awards and honors, including Landis Award, Zweifach Award, Fahraeus Medal, Melville Medal (twice), Poiseuille Medal, and Founders Award of National Academy of Engineering. He is the only living Honorary Member of Chinese Association of Physiological Sciences and IEEE EMBS. In 2009, he received the Presidential Prize in Life Sciences in Taiwan. In 2011, he received from President Obama the National Medal of Science, the highest honor for scientists and engineers in USA.