Welcome to 2024! As we reflect on 2023, several critical milestones were reached for our department. For example;
- The inaugural Jane and Jerome Schultz Lectureship in Engineering occurred in March, with Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig as the lecturer.
- The department added three new faculty members, Drs. Tingting Xiang, Chung Hao Lee, and Juhong Chen brought our total faculty members to 20 for the first time in our 18-year history.
- Our research contracts and grant allocations reached over $6.5 million, more than double what we have had for any year in the past five years.
- Our BMES Student Chapter received the Outstanding Outreach Chapter Award in October at the national BMES meeting.
The inaugural Jane and Jerome Schultz Lectureship in Engineering. On March 3, 2023, the inaugural Jane and Jerome Schultz Lectureship in Engineering welcomed Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Betzig as the lecturer. Dr. Betzig’s presentation “Windows into the Secret Lives of Cells” was well-received, with over 100 in-person and webcast attendees. The Jane and Jerome Schultz Lectureship was made possible by a gift from the Schultz family. The Schultz family established this Lectureship in Engineering in Jane’s memory and as a lasting legacy of their commitment to the education of future researchers and engineers. Jane was the Director of Research Development, and Jerry was the Founding Chair of the Department of Bioengineering.
Department of Bioengineering Reaches 20 Core Faculty Members. The department added three new faculty members, Drs. Tingting Xiang, Chung Hao Lee, and Juhong Chen brought our total faculty members to 20 for the first time in our 18-year history. All three help strengthen the teaching and research mission of the department.
Research Contracts and Grants Over $6.5 Million. This year, our departmental research contracts and grant allocations reached over $6.5 million. This represents more than a twofold increase compared to any previous year.
BMES Student Chapter received the Outstanding Outreach Chapter Award. The UCR Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Chapter received the Outstanding Outreach Program Award at the Annual BMES meeting held in October at the Seattle Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. The chapter was recognized for its outstanding outreach efforts within the Inland Empire region in Southern California. The Inland Empire is considered an underserved community in California.
Our alumni have also seen substantial achievements as they continue to join some of the best companies and institutions in the world. One notable example is our 2018 doctoral graduate, Dr. Jaimie Stewart, who is now a core faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA.
While we are proud of our accomplishments, we look forward to an even more illustrious year in 2024. Please enjoy our brief newsletter and visit our website for more information.