Two MolES Faculty Recognized for Innovative Research and Teaching Approaches Filed Under: News Congratulations to Molecular Engineering & Sciences members James Carothers and Eric Klavins who both received Innovation Awards from the University of Washington this week. James Carothers, assistant professor of chemical engineering, will create new approaches to produce renewable chemicals. He will address fundamental questions of cellular design, which will be used to redesign living systems for biotech applications. Eric Klavins, associate professor of electrical engineering, and his colleagues aim to revolutionize how laboratory courses are taught. Students will learn to encode their experiments as computer programs and use advanced technology to automatically generate their lab notebooks. The Innovation Awards were established in 2014 to recognize the most creative UW thinkers who are addressing the problems of humanity through research and education. These awards support unusually creative early and mid-career researchers engaged in the medical, natural, social and engineering sciences, as well as researchers fostering new levels of student engagement and understanding through active learning.