ERC-RMB Public Releases

North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT): 1st ABET-accredited Bioengineering Degree Program at an HBCU

February 23, 2017

As part of its education/outreach initiatives, ERC-RMB in 2009 initiated planning and implementation of MS and BS programs in Bioengineering. This included obtaining university and UNC-system-level approval for the programs and recruitment of faculty. ERC-RMB partner institution University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) provided knowledge and shared resources in curriculum and lab development.  Enrolling their first students in 2010 and 2011, respectively, the programs have grown their enrollments steadily. After graduation of their first cohort of BS students, the BMEN faculty hosted an ABET accreditation visit in the 2015-16 academic year. The curriculum was modified and enhanced based on ABET feedback, following which, the ABET sent NCAT an official letter of accreditation in Fall 2016 for the BS BMEN program, retroactive to October 2013. Now in addition to having the nation’s first seamless BS-MS BMEN program offerings at an HBCU, NCAT is the first HBCU to have an ABET-accredited BS program in bioengineering.

2015-2016 Executive Summary

October 15, 2016

Research efforts within Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (ERC RMB) continue to mature and evolve, emphasizing: 1) synergy of research efforts across ERC RMB institutions and engineered systems (ESs) driven by the research strategic plan; 2) excellence in education; and 3) dynamic outreach activities that highlight the quality and diversity of the ERC RMB.

J. Sankar receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the Governor

June 10, 2015

Dr. Jag Sankar, University Distinguished Professor and Director of the NSF ERC-RMB, was recently recognized by the Governor of North Carolina with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. The award is among the most prestigious civilian awards presented by the Governor to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state. Notable recipients of this award in the past include Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, William Friday, Charles Kuralt and Andy Griffith.

(VIDEO) Science Nation: 'Smart implants' dissolve after healing

July 13, 2015

 
NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials is developing biodegradable metals for surgical implants

We all know that injuries happen and doctors sometimes have to use metal screws or plates to support broken bones while the bones heal. What if that implanted metal just disintegrated on its own after the injury heals?

A team at the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is working to transform current medical and surgical treatments by creating "smart" implants. The major goal is to revolutionize metallic biomaterials to improve treatments for orthopedic, craniofacial, neural and cardiovascular ailments.

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Engineering Research Centers are interdisciplinary, multi-institutional centers that join academia, industry and government in partnership to produce transformational engineered systems, along with engineering graduates who are highly skilled at innovation and primed for leadership in the global economy.

The research in this episode was supported by NSF award #0812348, NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials.

Link to Science Nation video: http://news.science360.gov/archives/20150713

2014-2015 Executive Summary

September 6, 2015

Research efforts within Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (ERC RMB) continue to mature and evolve, emphasizing: 1) synergy of research efforts across ERC RMB institutions and engineered systems (ESs) driven by the research strategic plan; 2) excellence in education; and 3) dynamic outreach activities that highlight the quality and diversity of the ERC RMB.

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