Charles Cooney

Dr. Charles L. Cooney is Robert T. Haslam (1911) Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at MIT. A consultant to multiple biotech and pharmaceutical companies, Charlie sits on multiple public and private company boards. His research and teaching span many aspects of biochemical engineering and pharmaceutical manufacturing. He holds more than 30 patents, has published more than 250 research papers, and has co-authored or edited five books, including Development of Sustainable Bioprocesses: Modeling and Assessment (Wiley Press, 2006). 

Charlie’s honors include the Gold Medal of the Institute of Biotechnological Studies (London); the Food, Pharmaceutical, and Bioengineering Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; the James Van Lanen Distinguished Service Award from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Microbial and Biochemical Technology; and election to the American Institute of Medical and Biochemical Engineers, the Fellows of the American Chemical Society, and Honoris Causa by Ramon Llull University in Barcelona.

He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and his S.M. and Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from MIT. After a short postdoc at the Squibb Institute for Medical Research, he joined the MIT faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1970, becoming full Professor in 1982. In addition to his professional interests, Charlie is a Trustee Emeritus of the Boston Ballet, Advisor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a board member of the Leventhal Map and Education Center.