Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of UCSD Department of Bioengineering

May 11, 2014

On April 11th, members of the UCSD community gathered to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Department of Bioengineering, which was founded in 1994. Albert P. Pisano, Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering, provided introductory remarks to kick-off the event, followed by a welcome by the Chair of Bioengineering, Geert Schmid-Schoenbein. Professors Shu Chien, Shankar Subramanian, Gabriel Silva, Karen Christman and Todd Coleman recounted the history of the department over the past twenty years.

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Drs. Arnost Fronek (left), Kitty Fronek, and Geert Schmid-Schoenbein during the celebration

The event was attended by faculty, students and staff of the Department, alumni, industry representatives, and guests, including Dr. Mary Berglund, Treasurer of the Lee Powell Foundation. The event recounted a document presented at the 10th Anniversary celebration covering the first ten years of the department’s life. We wish to share that with you by making it available on our website for the first time.

A website to document and record the department's history is forthcoming, which will include this celebration volume as well as photos and videos taken during the 20th anniversary celebration.

The Institute of Engineering in Medicine celebrates all of the extraordinary individuals who have contributed to the Bioengineering Department's success and to all those who continue to contribute today and in years to come.