A pioneer in the engineering of polymers for drug-delivery applications to treat diseases such as cancer and mental illness, Dr. Robert Langer has been awarded the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. The QEPrize, often called the "Nobel" of engineering, is a £1 million ($1.5 million) prize designed to promote engineering globally. Langer is the second recipient of the award, which was first given in 2013 to a group of five people who contributed to the development of the Internet.
Langer is one of 11 Institute Professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT's highest honor. His laboratory is the world's largest academic biomedical engineering laboratory.