Wodicka named Vincent P. Reilly Professor of Biomedical Engineering

The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (June 11) ratified six professor positions, including that of BME head George Wodicka, who was named the Vincent P. Reilly Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

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George Wodicka

Wodicka is the Dane A. Miller Head of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, the Reilly Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has distinguished himself as a builder of programs, creative researcher, award-winning teacher, successful entrepreneur and dedicated collaborator. He conducts an active translational research program in the area of biomedical acoustics – the application of sonic technologies toward the solution of problems in pediatrics. Wodicka was the founding head of the Weldon School, serving as its leader for the last two decades. In that time, the school has generated over 100 U.S. patents, leading to over $30 million in licensing revenue for Purdue. Wodicka has successfully recruited over 30 primary faculty, all of whom are well known and respected in their fields of research. While leading the Weldon School, Wodicka co-founded the Bindley Bioscience Center in Discovery Park. He also played a fundamental role in the building of the Martin C. Jischke Hall of Biomedical Engineering and later its expansion with the innovation wing.

Medtronic has added to its product line a medical device invented by Wodicka and his students. The device could save the lives of thousands of newborns on ventilators each year by helping to prevent a common breathing tube incident.

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