ERC Researchers from Pitt and NCAT visit the University of Cincinnati

Teams from the Univ. of Pittsburgh, and North Carolina A&T State University visited the University of Cincinnati (UC) January 20,21 2009 to Discuss Research and Teaching in the NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials. Visitors from NCAT were Dr. Jag Sankar (ERC Director), Dr. SergeyYarmolenko (Senior Scientist), and Dr. Dhananjay Kumar (project leader). Visitors from the University of Pittsburgh were Dr. Harvey Borovetz (BME Head), Dr. William Wagner (deputy director ERC and of the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine at Pitt), Dr. Charles Sfeir (project leader), and Dr. Prashant Kumta (project leader). Dr. Cynthia Powell of the National Energy Technology Laboratory could not attend.
A dinner on January 20 opened the visit. Thirty-one faculty and staff members and students attended the dinner. The following day tours of laboratories in the Colleges of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, and Medicine were given, see Figures. The visitors also met with department heads Raj Singh, Teik Lim, and Robert Highsmith, and Dean Carlo Montemagno. Presentations or tours were given by the Materials Characterization Center, Chemistry, Nanoworld, and Cell Biology groups. UC interventional cardiology faculty Mehmet Cilingiroglu and Massoud Leesar also gave presentations on stents. Dr. Prabir Roy-chaudhury is sending a presentation as time ran out. The visit was capped off by a seminar by Dr. Harvey Borovetz. The seminar title is: “Mechanical Circulatory Support for Adult and Pediatric Patients: Problems and Promise.” There was standing room only for the seminar. The flyer attached gives an abstract of the seminar. The agenda for the meeting is attached for reference. This tour set the stage for close cooperative research between the universities.

Figure 1. Visitors in Nanowold Lab: (a) Student Dingchuan Xue explaining corrosion testing of Mg and Mg Y samples to visitors; (b) Dr. Shanov discussing synthesis of carbon nanotubes.