Jane Chang, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, has been awarded the 2018 Plasma Prize from the AVS Plasma Science and Technology Division. She is the first female scientist to receive this award.

The organization promotes scientific research and technological innovation. The award, which is known as the division’s highest honor, is given to scientists who conduct extensive research in plasma science and technology. Chang, who holds the William Frederick Seyer Endowed Chair in Materials Electrochemistry, was selected for her contributions to the understanding and applications of plasma-assisted etching and thin film deposition techniques. 

Chang’s research focuses on the synthesis and chemical processing of novel materials and atomistic understanding of solid state interfaces. She joined the UCLA faculty in 1999 and was named chemical engineering professor of the year in 2004 and 2009.