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Curt M. Breneman

Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Director, Rensselaer Exploratory Center for Cheminformatics Research
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, with High Honors, the University of California, Santa Barbara, 1987
B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 1980

Breneman has presented over 85 academic papers and lectures, published eight book chapters, and received over $7.7 million in research funding. Throughout his career, he has served as a consultant to several companies including Eastman Kodak Company, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Concurrent Pharmaceuticals, ICAGEN Pharmaceuticals, and General Electric Co. He has also given invited talks at GE’s Global Research Center, the Nalco-Exxon Technology Symposium, SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, and Eastman Kodak Company.

An active contributor to the American Chemical Society (ACS), Breneman recently was re-elected Treasurer and Executive Committee Member of the ACS Division of Computers in Chemistry (COMP). He is also serving as the COMP Division fundraising coordinator. Through this role, he originated and administered the CCG Excellence Award, which funds graduate students’ travel to national ACS meetings that is funded by the Chemical Computing Group, Inc. His other professional society memberships include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Science, and the International Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship (QSAR) Society.

Breneman has served on the National Institutes of Health’s Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Neuroscience (MDCN) review panel since 1998. He has reviewed National Science Foundation (NSF) equipment and research proposals since 1991 and ACS Petroleum Research Fund proposals since 1990; he is a permanent member of California’s Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) review panel. Breneman’s honors include the Best Paper Award at the 1999 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Midnight-Sun Workshop on Soft Computing Methods in Industrial Applications held in Kuusamo, Finland. He also earned a Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellowship in 1991.

Before joining the Rensselaer faculty in 1989, Breneman was a postdoctoral research associate at Yale University. He was granted tenure in 1996 and named Full Professor in 2002.






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