Three Women Named Fellows of the Biomedical Engineering Society

The Biomedical Engineering Society, headquartered in Landover, Maryland, has more than 5,000 members worldwide. The society has announced the selection of it 2012 Class of Fellows. Society members who demonstrate exceptional achievements and experience in the field of biomedical engineering, as well as a record of membership and participation in the society, have the opportunity to become fellows. Three of the nine new fellows are women.

Ann Saterbak is a professor in the practice of bioengineering education and associate chair for undergraduate affairs at Rice University in Houston. She joined the Rice University faculty in 1999.

Dr. Saterbak is a summa cum laude graduate of Rice University and earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois.

Melody A. Swartz is a professor of bioengineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. A native of Illinois, she is a former assistant professor at Northwestern University.

Dr. Swartz is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences at Columbia University. The long-term goals of her research are to engineer tissue grafts for application in regenerative medicine, develop enabling technologies for stem cell research, and design high-fidelity models for studies of tissue development, remodeling and disease.

She holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Belgrade in Serbia.

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