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Historical Timeline


►Family of orthopedics pioneer endows headship;George Wodicka appointed inaugural Dane A. Miller Head of Biomedical Engineering

►$10M NIH SPARC grant in electroceuticals awarded

►30th Biomedical Engineering faculty member hired

►Senior design team wins NIH NIBIB $20K first prize in DEBUT challenge

►3 Biomedical Engineering faculty members inducted into National Academy of Inventors

►Six Biomedical Engineering faculty members promoted to full professor

►10th faculty member named Purdue University Faculty Scholar

►$5.4M DARPA grant in implantable neurostimulators awarded



►Federal and foundational research funding doubles over past year

►10th Biomedical Engineering faculty member receives NSF CAREER Award

►FDA Food Safety Challenge $300K Grand Prize awarded

►1st of three Biomedical Engineering preeminent faculty teams selected for support by Purdue College of Engineering

►NIH T-32 institutional training grant for diabetes research awarded

►Study abroad programs with ETH in Switzerland and DTI Denmark launched



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

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

►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



►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


►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




►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




►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





►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