Almirall named AAAS fellow

José R. Almirall has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Jose Almirall

Almirall, a chemistry professor in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education and director of the NSF-funded Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science, earned the lifetime distinction for his contributions to the field of forensic chemistry, particularly for efforts to standardize approaches in the detection and analysis of drugs, explosives and materials.   

From helping bring criminals to justice, to developing the latest technology in forensic chemistry, Almirall has led the charge for innovation and standardization in forensic chemistry. He testified in more than 100 criminal cases as a forensic scientist with the Miami-Dade Police Department. Since joining FIU in 1998, he has mentored more than 75 visiting scientists on sabbatical, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in forensic chemistry research. In addition to authoring a book and more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications in the field of analytical and forensic chemistry, Almirall has received six U.S. patents, serves on several national forensic science boards and is editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal Forensic Chemistry.

John L. Volakis, dean of FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing and professor of electrical and computer engineering, was also named a fellow for his leadership in engineering education, authorship of important texts, game-changing contributions to electromagnetics, and for developing and transitioning hybrid finite element into commercial tool sets.  

AAAS Fellows are elected each year by their peers serving on the Council of AAAS, the organization’s member-run governing body. The title recognizes important contributions to STEM disciplines, including pioneering research, leadership within a given field, teaching and mentoring, fostering collaborations, and advancing public understanding of science.

A virtual induction ceremony for the 2020 fellows will take place Feb. 13, 2021.