News & Events
|BME Faculty Member Mike Ramsey Elected to National Academy of Engineering|
BME congratulates Professor Mike Ramsey on his 2014 election to the National Academy of Engineering. The Academy selected 67 members and 11 foreign associates this year, its 50th year in existence. Dr. Ramsey was chosen for his work in developing microfluidic technologies for analytical applications. Membership in the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest honors of the field, and this appointment only adds to Dr. Ramsey’s already long-list of accomplishments, which includes serving as an American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) fellow in 2008, an election as a 2011 American Chemical Society fellow, and a Ralph N. Adams Award in Bioanalytical Chemistry in 2013. Dr. Ramsey is a Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering and also holds an appointment as the Minnie N. Goldby Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Ramsey is the second faculty member of the joint department to be elected to the national academy of engineering.
To see the full press release, which includes the names of the other members elected this year, please visit the National Academy of Engineering’s Website.
|Cortical Metrics Selected as a Winner of NFL & GE’s Head Health Challenges|
Cortical Metrics, a spinout company pioneered by BME core faculty members Mark Tommerdahl and Bob Dennis, has been selected as one of the winners for the first round of GE & NFL’s $20M Head Health Challenges. GE & NFL have partnered together in this program to promote research in both the expedient diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury in athletes, members of the military, and society overall. As a round one winner, Cortical Metrics is one of sixteen initial awardees who will receive $300,000 in funding; the sixteen winners were selected from a competitive pool of well over 400 applicants from 27 countries. In 2015, six of these round one winners will be selected to receive $500,000 in funding to continue their research.
The funding for Cortical Metrics comes for its device, shaped like a computer mouse and able to connect to any desktop or laptop, which uses both vibrations and the patient’s ability to sense those vibrations to measure the severity of a concussion. The vibrations activate adjacent places of the brain that typically communicate with each other—the key is that these communications characteristically deteriorate with the severity of the concussion and improve with the patient’s recovery. Cortical Metrics, in collaboration with the Tommerdahl and Dennis research groups, is working on a web-based computer program to measure brain health by determining the quality of communication between these adjacent brain areas. This work will increase the device’s portability and expedite the diagnosis of concussion. Congratulations to Dr. Tommerdahl and Cortical Metrics on their award and well-deserved recognition!
To read about all the funded projects in the first round of GE and NFL’s Head Health Challenges, take a look at the article from Reuters.
|BME Remembers Dr. Peter Mente|
One of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering’s original faculty members, Dr. Peter Mente, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on January 20, 2014. Professor Mente held degrees from both the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, had fellowships at the University of Minnesota and the University of Vermont, and had been teaching at NC State since 1999, when he joined the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. In 2003 he was one of the founding members of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at NC State and UNC. Dr. Mente worked in rehabilitation engineering, specifically in the area of cell & tissue loading as well as in early degenerative changes in cartilage following impact injury. During his teaching career, Dr. Mente received numerous teaching accolades, including a 2007 Outstanding Teacher Award and a 2008 Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award. BME Alumnus Austin Hampton remembers Dr. Mente fondly, recalling him as “one of the best professors” and noting that “Biomechanics will never be the same.” Close BME colleague and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Lianne Cartee, shares similar sentiments describing Peter as “a dedicated teacher who cared deeply for his students and was well loved by them in return. He was a founding member of the BME faculty and a friend to many of us. He’ll be missed."
Peter’s obituary can be found online at Dee Funeral Home's website.
To honor Dr. Mente’s commitment to and passion for teaching, BME in collaboration with the Mente family has established a scholarship fund in his honor. The family encourages donations be given to the scholarship fund in lieu of flowers. If you would like to donate, please go to the NC State Engineering Foundation’s web portal and designate the Peter Mente Scholarship.