Eric Beckman received his Ph.D. in polymer science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1988. Dr. Beckman received a Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1992, and the Presidential Green Chemistry Award in 2002. Dr. Beckman’s research group examines the use of molecular design to solve problems in green engineering and in the design of materials for use in tissue engineering. In 2003, Dr. Beckman created the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, a school of engineering institute that examines the design of more sustainable infrastructure. In 2005, Dr. Beckman co-founded Cohera Medical Inc. to commercialize surgical adhesive technology. In 2015 the FDA approved the first product, TissuGlu® for use in patients in the U.S.