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10-Year Anniversary

In January 2014, the Board of Trustees gave the approval to create a Department of Bioengineering.  What started off as a program with one faculty member through the Graduate School of Engineering in 2009 has turned into a multi-million dollar research department with 37 tenure and tenure-track faculty, 7 teaching faculty, and 7 staff members (as of Fall 2023).


10-Year Anniversary Celebration

Two students working in the labOn January 12, 2024, we celebrate the cutting-edge research, student accomplishments, and department successes together. Alumni, current students, faculty, staff, college and university leadership will be able to partake in a day of learning about current research from the students and faculty, networking, hearing from a panel of alumni, and touring our state-of-the-art labs.

The event is by invitation only.  The schedule is as follows:

  • 9am – 9:30
    Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:30am
    Opening Remarks by Lee Makowski, Chair and Professor of Bioengineering
  • 9:45am – 12pm
    Research Presentations by Faculty and PhD Students 
    Student Presenters: Ana Vargas, Caroline McCormick, Josh Pace, & Noam Grunfeld
    Faculty Presenters: Ning Wang, Director of the Mechanobiology Institute and Professor of Bioengineering
    Mona Minkara, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
  • 12pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 1pm
    Vision of the Department and Bioengineering field by Gregory Abowd, Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
    Lee Makowski, Current Chair and Professor of Bioengineering,
    & Abraham Joy, Incoming Chair and Professor of Bioengineering
  • 2pm
    Poster Session
  • 3pm
    Lab tour of ISEC and BCC tour
  • 4pm
    Alumni Panel
  • 5pm
    Department History Reflections
  • 6pm – 8pm
    Dinner and Reception