Historical Timeline


►15th Biomedical Engineering faculty member elected to AIMBE College of Fellows

►Institute for Accessible Science becomes newest biomedical research center in Discovery Park

►7th biomedical engineering faculty member named a Purdue Faculty Scholar

►Active U.S. patents exceed 100, with 50 active corporate licenses

►Biomedical Engineering cumulative licensing revenues exceed $20 million

►12th start-up company based upon biomedical engineering discovery launched

2010 ►Center for Implantable Devices formed

►Purdue chapter of Alpha Eta Mu Beta, the Biomedical Engineering Honor Society, created

►Internship program at National University of Ireland-Galway initiated
►Online Professional Master’s degree program launched

►20th Biomedical Engineering faculty member hired
2008 ►Undergraduate biomedical engineering program receives ABET accreditation

►National Science Foundation funds scholarship program in quantitative physiology

►National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) grant with Indiana University School of Medicine awarded

►MD/PhD Program receives National Institutes of Health Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) funding

►The new building is formally renamed the Martin C. Jischke Hall of Biomedical Engineering
►Leslie Geddes receives the National Medal of Technology in a White House ceremony

►Korean Institute of Science and Technology Nanomedicine research partnership created

►University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez graduate education partnership founded

►Purdue Imaging Center created in partnership with GE Healthcare and Innervision

►Institute for Biomedical Development launched
Inaugural biomedical engineering undergraduate class graduates
     2006 ►The new home of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering is dedicated

►Cook Group, Inc. endows Leslie A. Geddes Professorship
►The Biomedical Entrepreneurship graduate certificate program is started in collaboration with the Krannert School of Management through the generous support of the Guidant Foundation and the C.R. Bard Foundation

►The Havel and Decker Families endow the first undergraduate scholarship at the School

►Biomedical Science graduate program with Veterinary Medicine launched

►Biomedical Engineering undergraduate industrial internship program created
2004 ►In recognition of the generosity of the Weldon family, the Purdue Board of Trustees elevates the Department of Biomedical Engineering to the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
►Whitaker Foundation funding for building granted
Ronald W. Dollens Graduate Scholarship established by the Guidant Foundation for graduate students in biomedical engineering and pharmacy

►Groundbreaking takes places on a new biomedical engineering building
  2002 ►State of Indiana funding for new building and program growth secured
►Creation of an undergraduate biomedical engineering program is approved by the Purdue Board of Trustees and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education

►Joint MD/PhD program is formed with the Indiana University School of Medicine
2000 ►Department receives the prestigious Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award from the Indiana Public Health Foundation
►National Science Foundation IGERT grant in Therapeutic and Diagnostic Devices awarded 1999
1998 ►The Department of Biomedical Engineering is formed
George Wodicka named head of the new department
Whitaker Foundation Special Award received
►Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program approved by the Purdue Board Trustees and sanctioned by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education

►Alumni David and Stephen Grubbs fund an annual research stipend for students
1992 ►Alumnus Neal Fearnot creates the Fearnot Award to recognize the student giving the most outstanding summer seminar presentation on their research
►Leslie Geddes “retires” as Center Director and Showalter Professor to become the Showalter Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering 1991
1987 ►Leslie Geddes creates the Geddes-Laufman-Greatbatch Graduate Student Award for productivity and service
►The Biomedical Engineering Center is formally renamed the William A. Hillenbrand Biomedical Engineering Center by the Purdue University Trustees 1985
1976 ►The Biomedical Engineering Center moves into the newly completed Potter Engineering Building
►First biomedical engineering course (EE522) was developed and taught

►Norman Weldon awards first grant received by the Center, $25,000, to create the best automatic implanted cardioverter defibrillator
1974 ►Charles Babbs, Joe Bourland, Leslie Geddes, and Willis Tacker create the Biomedical Engineering Center

►Leslie Geddes named Director of the Biomedical Engineering Center and the Showalter Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering

►Offices and laboratories were in the basement of the Electrical Engineering Building
►William Hillenbrand anonymously donates $500,000 to establish biomedical engineering research at Purdue

►Grace Showalter endows the Showalter Distinguished Professorship of Biomedical Engineering