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Professor Srinivas Sridhar Receives 2016 BMES Diversity Award

July 14, 2016

The Awards Committee of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Board of Directors has selected Professor Srinivas Sridhar from the College of Science and Chemical Engineering as the recipient of the 2016 BMES Diversity Award.

“We are very fortunate to have Prof. Sri Sridhar affiliated with chemical engineering due to his tireless efforts promoting diversity at both the undergraduate and graduate levels which have clearly influenced the next generation on scientists and engineers. This award from BMES solidifies his legacy proactively promoting and achieving diversity across all levels of higher education,” remarks Thomas Webster, Professor and Department Chair, Chemical Engineering and Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering.

The 2016 BMES Diversity Award honors an individual for outstanding contributions to improving gender and racial diversity in biomedical engineering.  Prof. Sridhar was selected for the award because of his strong impact on diversity through national institutional programs, training grants and mentoring. Prof. Sridhar’s achievements include establishing the NSF-funded Nanomedicine Academy of Minority Serving Institutions, the NSF IGERT on Nanomedicine, and the NIH-funded Cancer Nanomedicine Co-Ops for Undergraduate Research Experiences (CaNCURE). Furthermore, Prof. Sridhar shares his time through mentoring of women and URM biomedical scientists including faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students.

Prof. Sridhar will deliver a plenary lecture at the BMES 2016 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis on Saturday October 8th, 2016. An important purpose of the lecture is to offer a vision of the challenges and opportunities facing greater diversity in biomedical engineering. BMES President, Prof. Richard T. Hart, will present Prof. Sridhar with a special plaque.