Case Biomaterials Faculty and Students Win Research Awards and Officer Elections at SFB 2014 in Denver

An excellent team of 10 students and 7 faculty from Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering attended the Society For Biomaterials (SFB) Annual Conference in Denver during April 16-19. This meeting is the nation’s largest and most prestigious annual meeting of biomaterials engineers and scientists.

The students presented on their research while the faculty networked with their colleagues, took part in SFB officer elections and Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings. Two graduate students (Christopher Hernandez from Dr. Agata Exner’s lab and John Hermann from Dr. Jeff Capadona’s lab) as well as one undergraduate student (Victor Pan from Dr. Anirban Sen Gupta’s lab) received the prestigious STAR (Student Award for Outstanding Research) award, while graduate student Christa Modery-Pawlowski (also from Dr. Anirban Sen Gupta’s lab) received an honorable mention in the student awards.

Additionally a team of five students (Christa Modery-Pawlowski, Alexanedra Kolberg, Jack Edelbrock, Nicholas Schindler, and Thomas Cotey) competed in the Biomaterials Education Challenge, where they demonstrated a fun and effective module to teach 6-8th graders about the design of knee joints; this team won 2nd place in the Challenge competition and took home a $1500 cash prize. Among the faculty, Prof. Nicholas Ziats (Case School of Medicine and Case Biomedical Engineering) was officially inducted as the new president of the society.

Prof. Horst von Recum was elected as the Member-at-Large which makes him one of the five members of the Board of Directors as well as a member of the Executive Council for SFB. Prof. Anirban Sen Gupta is serving officially as the Program Chair for the Biomaterials Education SIG, while Prof. Steve Eppell is serving as the Chair of the Nanomaterials SIG for SFB. Altogether, the Biomaterials group at Case Biomedical Engineering continues have a strong presence nationally and internationally.