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Julia Ross named Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering

Julia Ross, Ph.D. | Via Virginia Tech | May 24, 2017

Julia Ross, who becomes dean of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech on July 31, has been named the Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean’s Chair in Engineering was established in 2006 by Eric E. Schmidt, chairman and chief executive […]

Tom Webster on National Geographic, Episode 2

Thomas J. Webster | Via Northeastern | May 24, 2017

ChE Chair Tom Webster, speaking about his nanotechnology research, was featured in Episode 2 of Year Million, a National Geographic television series on what life is going to be like for humans one million years in the future. What was once conceived as science fiction is now anchored in reality. YEAR MILLION, a new six-part […]

Neuromechanics of Flamingos’ Amazing Feats of Balance

Lena Ting | Via The Conversation | May 23, 2017

Authors Lena Ting – Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy, Emory University Young-Hui Chang – Professor of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology — If you’ve watched flamingos at the zoo – or if you’re lucky, in the wild – you’ve likely wondered how flamingos manage to sleep standing on […]

New Chair Named for Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University

Susan Margulies | Via Georgia Institute of Technology | May 22, 2017

Susan Margulies, Ph.D., named the Wallace H. Coulter Chair Susan Margulies, Ph.D., has been named the Wallace H. Coulter Chair of the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Georgia Tech and Emory University, and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Injury Biomechanics. Her appointments are effective August 1. Margulies is currently professor of […]

Donald Peterson named new dean of engineering and technology

Donald Peterson | Via NIU Blogspot | May 19, 2017

An accomplished researcher who straddles the line between engineering and medicine has been appointed the new dean of the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. The NIU Board of Trustees appointed Donald Peterson, former dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, to the role May 18 after […]

ASME Launching Nerem Medal

Robert Nerem | Via Georgia Institute of Technology | May 9, 2017

Petit Institute founding director recognized with national education and mentorship award named in his honor Bob Nerem has won some of the top awards and honors in his field, recognitions for his dedication and accomplishments over a long career as a trailblazing bioengineer. But this summer, he’ll receive the kind of honor that will outlast […]

This Pitt-developed wheelchair can roll in the water

Rory Cooper | Via TRIB Live | May 1, 2017

A new wheelchair developed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh takes people where other powered wheelchairs fear to tread: the water. Rory Cooper and his team at Pitt’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories have developed an air-powered wheelchair and scooter. “There’s no electronics at all,” Cooper said. “It’s completely submersible.” That means veterans could wade […]

Stem Cells Edited to Fight Arthritis

Farshid Guilak, Ph.D. | Via Washington University School of Medicine | April 27, 2017

Stem cells edited to fight arthritis Goal is vaccine that targets inflammation in joints by Jim Dryden • April 27, 2017 Using new gene-editing technology, researchers have rewired mouse stem cells to fight inflammation caused by arthritis and other chronic conditions. Such stem cells, known as SMART cells (Stem cells Modified for Autonomous Regenerative Therapy), develop […]

Tissue Engineer Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic Earns Columbia’s Highest Academic Honor

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic | Via Columbia | April 13, 2017

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, a pioneer in the engineering of functional human tissue for use in regenerative medicine, has been appointed to the rank of University Professor, Columbia University’s highest academic honor. Her research has led to the development of novel biomaterials and scaffold architectures for growing bone grafts for facial reconstruction, the creation of electromechanically functional […]

Professor and Biomaterials Expert Nicholas Peppas Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences  

Nicholas Peppas | Via U. Texas Austin | April 13, 2017

Nicholas Peppas, professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and an expert in biomaterials and drug delivery systems, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Peppas is one of 228 new members elected this year. They include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, […]

University Of Pittsburgh Group Invents Wheelchair Powered By Compressed Air

Rory Cooper | Via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 8, 2017

Years ago in Germany, Rory Cooper learned from the director of a production, engineering and automation institute about motors powered by compressed air. It got him thinking. Most wheelchairs are heavy, run on batteries with lots of electronics involved. They do work well — but only if they stay dry. “It dawned on me that […]

Studying the Brain’s Suspension System in TBIs

Philip Bayly | Via Wash. U. St. Louis | April 4, 2017

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can be devastating and debilitating. Despite intense interest and years of study, the exact mechanisms linking force and neurological injury remain unclear. Researchers know that the membranes separating the skull from the brain play a key role in absorbing shock and preventing damage caused during a head impact, but the […]

Professor Reineke receives 2017 Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award

Theresa Reineke | Via University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry | April 3, 2017

Professor Theresa Reineke received the prestigious 2017 Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS), Division of Polymer Chemistry. This award recognizes accomplishments and innovations of unusual merit in the field of basic or applied polymer science by individuals younger than 45. She received the 2017 Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer […]

Forty-nine years in Biomaterials Science: an interview with Buddy Ratner

Buddy Ratner | Via NCBI | April 1, 2017

Buddy Ratner talks to Francesca Lake, Managing Editor. After receiving his PhD in polymer chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (USA) in 1972, Ratner moved to the University of Washington (USA), where he has since become joint professor of bioengineering and chemical engineering and Michael L & Myrna Darland Endowed Chair in Technology Commercialization. […]

Mikos Lab Aids New Push for Regenerative Medicine

Antonios Mikos | Via Rice U. | April 1, 2017

Rice University bioengineers led by Antonios Mikos will take part in a five-year, $20 million effort to apply advanced manufacturing techniques to regenerative medicine. The goal of the effort led by the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is to speed up the availability of replacement tissue and organs to patients. The award springs from […]

Fortune: Richards-Kortum among ‘World’s Greatest Leaders’

Rebecca Richards-Kortum | Via Rice U. | March 23, 2017

Fortune magazine named Rice University global health pioneer Rebecca Richards-Kortum to its prestigious list of World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. The annual list, which was announced March 23, is packed with world-famous people, including Pope Francis, Melinda Gates, Joe Biden and Elon Musk. “I first saw the news on Twitter, and I thought, ‘Wait, what? That can’t […]

Schmidt Named President-Elect of AIMBE

Christine Schmidt | Via U. Florida | March 21, 2017

Christine E. Schmidt, Ph.D., Pruitt Family Professor and chair of the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biological Engineering, has been named president-elect of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Schmidt was inducted at AIMBE’s annual event held March 19-20, 2017 in Washington D.C. She will begin her term as president in […]

Grove School Dean Gilda Barabino Receives Top AIMBE Honor

Gilda Barabino | Via CUNY | March 21, 2017

Gilda A. Barabino, Berg Professor and Dean of The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, is the winner of the 2017 Pierre Galletti Award presented by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.  AIMBE’s highest individual honor, it recognizes a member’s contributions to public awareness of medical and biological engineering, and […]

Duke Engineering Dean Discusses Confronting and Overcoming Biases

Ravi Bellamkonda | Via Duke | March 21, 2017

Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering Dean Ravi Bellamkonda explains why diverse university settings can be an important catalyst in helping society confront and overcome biases.

Alumnus Develops First Blood Test for Autism

Juergen Hahn | Via U. Texas Austin | March 20, 2017

An algorithm based on levels of metabolites found in a blood sample can accurately predict whether a child is on the Autism spectrum of disorder (ASD), based upon a recent study. The algorithm, developed by Texas ChE alumnus Juergen Hahn (Ph.D. ’02) and researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is the first physiological test for autism […]