We Stand in Solidarity Against Racism
The Department of Bioengineering stands in solidarity with our students, staff and faculty against social injustice and acts of racism. We are shocked and saddened by the recent, brutal deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Rayshard Brooks and others. Like many members of our community, we are frustrated that these deaths are only the most recent manifestations of long-standing racial inequality in this country.
The Department supports the call to action made by the Bourns College of Engineering.
• We acknowledge that systemic racism permeates and poisons all levels of academia.
• We affirm that the Department has zero tolerance for racism, institutional bias or acts of violence against Black members of our community.
• We are committed to supporting Black students and combating the bias and inequity they face.
• We are committed to critically examining our recruitment and retention efforts to better support Black students, faculty and staff.
We would also like to take this moment to recognize the essential contributions made every day by Black students, faculty and staff. They are part of the Bioengineering family, and the department would not be as strong today without their efforts.
It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of one of bioengineering’s greatest individuals, Professor Warren Grundfest. We are sure you are acquainted with Professor Grundfest’s many accolades that he received throughout his lifetime that were in recognition of his creative technical contributions to bioengineering. But it was his selfless devotion to helping propel bioengineering forward that truly helps define who Professor Warren Grundfest is. In particular, his contributions to the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Riverside are equally as significant, for which, we have always been most grateful.
Even at the beginning of our program, Professor Grundfest was there to support us. In 2007, when our department was barely one year old, we were tasked with hosting the UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium. The UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium is the annual gathering of all the biomedical engineering and bioengineering programs in the UC System. Professor Grundfest helped us find significant financial support for the event and secured sponsorship with TATRC (Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center of the United States Army). Through his efforts the UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium was one of the best programs in recent years.
Since 2013, Professor Grundfest has been a member of our Bioengineering Advisory Board. We recall the pivotal discussions that began the year he joined as Professor Grundfest recognized the needs for the program and, with his usual, no-nonsense, tireless approach, shared his concerns with our dean and others. Today, though his efforts, our program is rapidly moving towards distinction.
Given all of his technical accomplishments and time commitments, we were especially grateful that Professor Grundfest took the time to support Bioengineering at UCR. Professor Grundfest was a wonderful friend of the department and we will miss him.
Professor and Chair, Department of Bioengineering