Keynote Speakers


 Shu Chien, Ph.D.

Shu Chien is University Professor of Bioengineering & Medicine and Director of California Institute of Bioengineering in the University of California System. At UC San Diego, he is Y.C. Fung Professor of Bioengineering and Director of Institute of Engineering in Medicine at UCSD, where he was Founding Chair of Department of Bioengineering. He is a world leader in molecular, cellular and integrative studies on bioengineering and physiology in health and disease. His current research interests are mechanotransduction in endothelial cells in health and disease, and the role of microenvirnoment in modulating stem cell fate. He served as President of Microcirculatory Society, American Physiological Society, Biomedical Engineering Society, International Society of Biorheology, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. He is member of National Academy of Science, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as Academia Sinica in Taiwan and Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (Foreign Member). He has received numerous awards and honors, including Landis Award, Zweifach Award, Fahraeus Medal, Melville Medal (twice), Poiseuille Medal, and Founders Award of National Academy of Engineering. He is an Honorary Member of Chinese Association of Physiological Sciences and IEEE EMBS. In 2009, he received the Presidential Prize in Life Sciences in Taiwan. In 2011, he received from President Obama the National Medal of Science, the highest honor for scientists and engineers in USA.

 Richard Conroy, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Conroy is currently the Director of the Division of Applied Science and Technology (DAST) at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). DAST is the largest of the three divisions in NIBIB with a portfolio of nearly 250 research grants in biomedical imaging. The goals of the division include nurturing development of innovative biomedical technologies, promoting low-cost effective and accessible imaging technologies, supporting informatics strategies for improved understanding and decision-making, advancing precise medical diagnostics and therapies and training the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists. Richard is also a coordinator for the NIH Common Fund program on Single Cell Analysis, the Bridging the Sciences program in collaboration with the NSF and the Bioengineering Research Partnership program.

Richard has a background in physics, biophysics, and biomedical imaging. Before joining NIBIB, he was a researcher in the intramural program of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) developing multimodal imaging agents for tracking cells in vivo and methods for characterizing and manipulating individual biomolecules in vitro working in collaboration with researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Prior to joining NIH, Richard completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Physics and Chemistry Departments at Harvard University, and held a Humboldt Fellowship at the Universität Konstanz.

 Pramod Khargonekar, Ph.D.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) selected Dr. Pramod P. Khargonekar to serve as assistant director for the Directorate of Engineering (ENG). In this position, Khargonekar will lead the ENG Directorate with an annual budget of more than $800 million. The ENG Directorate invests in frontier engineering research and education, cultivates an innovation ecosystem, and develops the next-generation of engineers.

Prior to his position at NSF, Khargonekar was the deputy director for technology at the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). He is the Eckis Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida, a position he has held since 2001, and one he will retain while at NSF. He served as the dean of the University of Florida's College of Engineering from 2001 to 2009.

Khargonekar's engineering research encompasses control systems theory and applications, smart grid and renewable energy, semiconductor manufacturing, and modeling and control of neural systems, among other areas. He has received many awards and honors including the IEEE Baker Prize, the American Automatic Control Council's Donald Eckman Award, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and was named a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher. Khargonekar is a fellow of IEEE. Most recently, he has been a member of NSF's Engineering Advisory Committee, where he provided guidance to ENG on strategic directions.

 Arthur F. Kramer, Ph.D.

Arthur Kramer is the Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology and the Swanlund Chair and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Illinois. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive/Experimental Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1984. He holds appointments in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience program, and the Beckman Institute. Professor Kramer's research projects include topics in Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Aging, and Human Factors. A major focus of his labs recent research is the understanding and enhancement of cognitive and neural plasticity across the lifespan. He is a former Associate Editor of Perception and Psychophysics and is currently a member of six editorial boards. Professor Kramer is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, a former member of the executive committee of the International Society of Attention and Performance, and a recent recipient of a NIH Ten Year MERIT Award. Professor Kramer's research has been featured in a long list of print, radio and electronic media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, CBS Evening News, Today Show, NPR and Saturday Night Live.

 Raphael Lee, M.D., Sc.D., FACS

Dr. Lee, a Paul S. and Allene T. Russell Professor at the University of Chicago, holds appointments in Surgery (Plastic), Medicine (Dermatology), Molecular Medicine, Translational Medicine and Organismal Biology & Anatomy (Biomechanics). He directs the Laboratory for Molecular Regeneration at the University. He is also a founder and Chairman, Board of Directors of Avocet Polymer Technologies, Inc., Renacyte BioMolecular Technologies, Inc., Electrokiinetic Signal Research and of Maroon Biotech, Inc. all of Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Lee is a surgeon and biomedical engineer. His professional research interests have focused on the effects of physical forces on tissue injury and healing processes, pharmaceutical control of scar formation, and reconstructive surgery. He completed general surgery residency at the University of Chicago and plastic surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard University. Dr. Lee's research group is recognized for characterizing basic aspects of the molecular biophysics of cell injuries caused by electrical shock, ionizing irradiation and thermal trauma. In 1992 Dr. Lee's laboratory developed a pharmaceutical method to restore structure and function to disrupted cell membranes using biocompatible surfactants copolymers resulting in a now widely validated new class of trauma therapeutics that for first time off promise to restore viability damaged tissue following severe injury such as motor vehicle accidents and military trauma. Most recently, his polymer research has been extended to develop synthetic chaperones to restore function to denatured and aggregated proteins which has broad implications in tissue preservation and thermal trauma. Clinically, Dr. Lee and his surgery residents were first to describe obturator sensate fasciocutaneous flaps for congenital and acquired perineal deformities.

Regularly listed in "America's Top Surgeons" by the Consumers' Research Council of America and US News & World Report, and earlier one of "America's brightest Scientists under the age of 40" by Science Digest, Dr. Lee has received more than 40 professional awards including being named a Schering Scholar (1978), MacArthur Prize Fellow (1981), a Searle Scholar (1985). He has been elected to membership into the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering (WHO), The National Academy of Engineering (USA) and to Fellowship in the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1981, he received the Coller Society Award for outstanding general surgery residents and in 1988, the James Barrett Brown Award from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons for "advancing knowledge in the field of Plastic Surgery"; In 1997 he was awarded the American Electrical Power Association Award for "Advancing Electrical Safety and Health".

 P. Hunter Peckham, Ph.D.

P. Hunter Peckham is the Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics; Distinguished University Professor; Executive Director, Institute for Functional Restoration at Case Western Reserve University; Senior Career Research Scientist and Associate Director of Technology Transfer, Cleveland FES Center of Excellence, in the Department of Veterans Affairs; and on the Bioscientific Staff at Metrohealth Medical Center.

The Institute for Functional Restoration, or IFR, at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) deploys neuroprosthetic interventions into clinical use to restore the functions lost due to spinal cord injury or other paralytic conditions. Under the leadership of Dr. Hunter Peckham, the IFR acts as the surrogate corporate partner for the neural technologies that have demonstrated feasible within the research programs. Dr. Peckham is also the Principal Investigator on the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Biomedical Research Partnership award which has led to the development of the Networked Neuroprosthesis.

The major area of Dr. Peckham's research is in rehabilitation engineering and neuroprostheses. Dr. Peckham's research effort focuses on functional restoration of the paralyzed upper extremity in individuals with spinal cord injury. He and collaborators developed a number of implantable neural prostheses which utilize electrical stimulation to control neuromuscular activation. They have implemented procedures to provide control upper extremity in individuals with tetraplegia, enabling individuals with central nervous system disability to regain the ability to perform essential activities of daily living. His present efforts concern technology development, expansion of the indications for this technology, and technology transfer.

Dr. Peckham is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering; a fellow and honorary member of the American Spinal Injury Association; member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is a member of numerous professional organizations. Dr. Peckham received the Paul B. Magnuson Award, the highest honor for VA Rehabilitation Investigators. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University), Potsdam, NY, and his MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.



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