Researchers named Biomedical Engineering Society Fellows.
The list of career honors keeps growing for scientists and engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology with the recent election of Hanjoong Jo and Cheng Zhu as Fellows of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).
BMES, a professional organization for biomedical engineering founded in 1968, has about 6,500 members dedicated to human health and well-being. The election of Zhu and Jo brings the number of BMES Fellows currently based at Georgia Tech to seven, all of them connected with the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience and/or the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (a collaborative effort with Emory). The other, previously named Fellows who are part of the current the Tech/Emory team are are Ravi Bellamkonda, Larry McIntire, Bob Nerem, Krish Roy and Ajit Yoganathan.
In addition to his scholarly contributions as a researcher, Jo’s role in leadership positions played a role in his election.
“Hanjoong is a true international leader in applying engineering to vascular biology,” Nerem says. “The other thing is, his great service to BMES. For example, he was overall conference chair for the 2012 national BMES meeting here in Atlanta.”
Nomination criteria also include a record of exceptional achievement and accomplishment, and Zhu certainly has that.
“Cheng is one of just a few who have been able to really perform significant experiments on the single cell and how a single cell responds to mechanical forces,” says Nerem, who recruited Zhu to Tech in 1990.
McIntire, who nominated Zhu, says, “The series of papers from Cheng’s group over the last 10 to 12 years is truly groundbreaking and combines the best in detailed engineering measurements and computational modeling with the best in modern cell and molecular biology.”
Apparently, the BMES agreed.
“The significance of it is still sinking in,” says Zhu. “I’m humbled by this great honor.”