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2016-2017 Executive Summary

November 21, 2017

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.

8th SLC Newsletter

November 21, 2017

Welcome to the 2016-2017 issue of the student-generated ERC-RMB newsletter. The ERC-RMB continued to enhance the scientific research progress while simultaneously impacting the local communities with STEMrelated activities. The Student Leadership Council (SLC) is pleased to report our Year 8 progress revolving around research activities, education and outreach efforts and student accomplishments.

Featured articles include updates on student travel and knowledge gained from both national and international conferences. The SLC hosted a standardization workshop at this year student retreat exposing the students to the importance of the development of working standards for characterization of bioabsorbable metallic materials. Graduated students have been able to successfully transition into careers in industry as showcased through the alumni highlights. This year there was momentous advancement made in student research as seen in the abundance of papers we published, with some selections showcased in this newsletter. The talent in our dynamic center was put on display in a number of recognitions and strong showings in competitions on both research and entrepreneurship.

As always, we greatly appreciate and commend the effort put forth by our newsletter team, editor Dandan Hong, as well as the continued support and excellent guidance from the ERC leadership team.

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2016-2017 Research Highlights

November 21, 2017

The ERC-RMB team continued to gain experience and deepen its knowledge base, leading to the development of various Mg-based alloys especially with different processing routes and conditions. Center scientists continued to progress on innovative non-biomedical technologies that are being developed or discovered while they investigated fundamental scientific issues in areas such as alloy development, coatings technology, corrosion control, sensor development and miniaturization, and so forth. Selected key accomplishments include listing of research-related activities, publications, patents, key meetings, sponsorships and ERC technology transfer. 

2016-2017 Education and Outreach Highlights

November 21, 2017

2016-2017 Education and Outreach highlights include

   Education Programs:
     - Bioengineering Program
     - Courses, Workshops, Seminars
   Outreach Programs:
     - REUs
     - RETs
     - Young Scholars
     - B.R.A.I.N. Games 
     - Informal Educational Outreach
   ERC Student Activities


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.

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