Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Ph.D.
Chair – 2016
Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Medical Sciences
For exceptional creativity in research, seminal pioneering work in translational regenerative medicine, outstanding leadership, and use of her high visibility to inspire, mentor and advocate particularly for women in engineering.
Christine Schmidt, Ph.D.
Chair – 2015
Pruitt Family Professor and Chair
University of Florida
For development of synthetic biomaterials that stimulate the regeneration of damaged peripheral and spinal nerves and successful clinical application.
Jennifer L. West, Ph.D.
Chair – 2014
Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
For many contributions in biomaterials and tissue engineering including seminal work in diagnosis and treatment of cancer by nanotechnology.
Shankar Subramaniam, Ph.D.
Chair of the Bioengineering Department and the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Endowed Chair in Bioengineering and Systems Biology
University of California, San Diego
For innovative research on modeling protein homology and molecular recognition, and contributions to the definition and advancement of bioinformatics.
David Mooney, Ph.D.
Chair – 2012
Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering
For outstanding achievements advancing the field of tissue engineering through scientific discovery and the training of graduate and postdoctoral fellows.
Alan J. Russell, Ph.D.
Chair – 2011
Distinguished University Professor of Surgery and Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
For excellence in enzymology and rational biomaterial design as applied to medicine.
Robert Linsenmeier, Ph.D.
Chair – 2010
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Neurobiology, Professor of Ophthalmology, Director of Northwestern Center for Engineering Education Research
For pioneering research on retinal oxygenation processes and the use of engineering methodology for studies of the retinal microenvironment.
Charles J. Robinson, D.Sc., P.E.
Chair – 2009
Herman L. Schulman Endowed Chair in Rehabilitation Eng. and Director of CREST
For contributions to rehabilitation engineering and the welfare of spinal cord injured individuals and for international leadership in biomedical engineering.
Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair – 2008
University Professor, and Albert & Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Connecticut Health Center
For leadership in the development of new degradable biomedical polymers and new techniques in musculoskeletal tissue engineering.
Nicholas A. Peppas, Sc.D.
Chair – 2007
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Pharmacy, Director, Institute for Biomaterials, Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine
University of Texas at Austin
For significant contributions in the areas of biomaterials, in particular, hydrogels.
Steven Goldstein, Ph.D.
Chair – 2006
Professor Emeritus, Orthopaedic Surgery, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan
For outstanding contributions to the understanding of trabecular bone architecture and bone remodeling.