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Historical Timeline

       
2016

►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

2015

2014

►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

2013

2012

►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

2011

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

2009
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
2007

 

     

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

2005

 

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

2003

 

 

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
2001

 

 

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

1996

 

 

 

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

1975

 

 

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

1972