Purdue University’s Board of Trustees on Friday (Oct. 14) ratified the headship named for orthopedics pioneer Dr. Dane A. Miller and appointed George Wodicka as the Dane A. Miller Head of Biomedical Engineering.Wodicka is founding head of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. He joined Purdue in 1989 as assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Under his leadership the Weldon School has grown to prominence including an intellectual property portfolio of more than 100 issued U.S. patents, with more than half licensed to Indiana medical device companies.He conducts a translational research program in the area of biomedical acoustics – the application of sonic technologies toward the solution of problems in clinical medicine. His research has been supported by government agencies and private foundations, resulting in numerous F.D.A.-approved medical devices through startup company formation and corporate partnerships. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, as well as a Guggenheim Fellow.
George Wodicka, head of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and a professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, is the recipient of the 2010-2011 Outstanding Commercialization Award for Purdue University Faculty.
The award is given annually to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding contributions to, and success with, commercializing Purdue research discoveries. It was established with an endowment gift from the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Foundation.
Under Wodicka’s direction, the Weldon School has built upon a legacy of discovery and translational research to improve patient care through company partners such as Cook Inc. Licensed technologies are improving the practice of medicine in areas including wound care, surgery, cardiovascular and orthopaedic.