Historical Timeline

       

►Innovation for Clinical Translation Fellowship graduate Program named to honor alumna Leslie Bottorff

►$2.9M NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse grant awarded to combat opioid crisis

►Purdue College of Engineering and Indiana University School of Medicine announce major Engineering—Medicine Partnership

►Marta Gross and Dick Barnes endow named professorships for junior faculty members

►Biomedical Engineering cumulative licensing revenues exceed $30M

2019

2018

►Construction begins for $18M Innovation Wing for Martin C. Jischke Hall of Biomedical Engineering

►Professional master’s degree program in biomedical engineering initiated

►MS BME/MBA dual degree program with Purdue's Krannert School of Management established

►MD/MS BME dual degree program with Indiana University School of Medicine launched

►Regulatory Science Certificate Program for Medical Devices created

►NIH T32 Interdisciplinary Training grant in Auditory Neuroscience awarded

►Center for Healthcare Engineering granted $10M by Regenstrief Foundation

►For the second year in a row, a Purdue Biomedical Engineering student team wins the Engineering World Health Design Competition

►Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Senior Class Scholarship endowed

►Grand Challenges Explorations Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded

►This year and next, Biomedical Engineering students dominate at BMES, winning Outstanding Chapter Industry Award, Outstanding Chapter Activity Award, Outstanding Chapter Officer Award, and Undergraduate Student Design and Research Award

2017
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 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 Grand Prize awarded

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

►NIH T32 interdisciplinary 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