From the desk of Director Sankar
I am truly excited to welcome the readers once again to the second student-generated newsletter
of the Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (ERC-RMB). The raison d'être of our Gen 3 ERC is to transform current medical and surgical treatments by creating "smart" implants to improve treatments for orthopedic, craniofacial and cardiovascular ailments coupled with the development of a vibrant, diverse workforce well-prepared for the multidisciplinary and global challenges and opportunities of the new millennium.
Our ERC-RMB team has continued to work hard with an even sharper focus on our strategic plan as the foundation to integrate research areas, educational and outreach activities, and partnerships with industries, innovation and global leaders. The Center’s operations have thus become more "mission-driven," like an industry, connecting all the needed dots while retaining the "full freedom to dream big" afforded by a University setting, connecting across the boundaries of research and educational disciplines.
This year, the Student Leadership Council has excelled in bringing together the numerous details covering various aspects of the Center and rallying behind the Center philosophy "One Team, One Dream". The 2010-2011 Newsletter aims to document the Converging Technologies, Translational Research, and Education and Innovation Ecosystem philosophy of the Center, and, more importantly, to instantiate how our ERC students - our next-generation innovators and thinkers, have become an integral part of these thought processes.
Again, welcome to our Center. I look forward to your feedback and participation as we continuously strive to improve.
ERC Center Director
ERC-RMB Workshop on Mg-based Screw Projects
On July 15th and 16th, 45 faculty and students of Engineering Research Center - Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (ERC-RMB) from North Carolina A&T, University of Cincinnati, and University of Pittsburgh got together in Pittsburgh for the very first ERC workshop on magnesium(Mg)-based screw projects. The workshop was initiated by Dr. Woo to tackle the challenges that the research groups in Engineering System-1: Orthopaedic and Maxillofacial Applications are facing in coordinating the research plans for year 4 and 5 based on the year-3 site visit by NSF, the ERC’s funding government agency. 9 organizers from the three institutions put together a program that consisted of 7 sessions on topics ranging from clinical requirements to commercialization and intellectual property management.