Two Purdue Biomedical Engineering Alums to be Inducted as AIMBE Fellows

Two Purdue Biomedical Engineering Alums, Dr. Peter E. Konrad and Dr. William J. Link, have been selected for induction in the AIMBE College of Fellows.

Pete Konrad is the Director of Functional Neurosurgery and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His participation as the neurosurgeon on a multidisciplinary treatment and research team has had an incredible impact on improvements in deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a treatment for neurodegenerative symptoms such as rigidity, tremor, and dyskinesia. DBS provides patients with an implanted system that delivers controlled electric stimulation to the brain to reduce the impulse toward involuntary movements. His advances in electrode placement have drastically reduced operating time (critical for patients who must remain awake). His development of a technique to stimulate and record excitable tissue from the same site by using a thermal-pulsed laser has eliminated troublesome stimulus artifacts. He received his BA from Rockford College in 1983, MS and PhD from the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985 and 1988, respectively, and his MD degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1991. He currently serves on the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering's Advisory Board.

Bill Link, founder of Versant Ventures, received his bachelor's, master's and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue. His election to the College of Fellows was based on his successful technology development in ophthalmology, and his leadership in medical technology entrepreneurship. At Versant Ventures, Dr. Link specializes in early-stage investing in medical devices. He currently manages over $1 billion in committed capital, invested in 65 companies in the medical device, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, healthcare services, and healthcare information technology sectors. Prior to co-founding Versant, he was a general partner at Brentwood Venture Capital. He has a proven record of building and operating large, successful medical product companies. With extensive knowledge of medical devices, particularly in ophthalmology, his operating experience spans more than 23 years in general management in the healthcare industry. Before entering the healthcare industry, Dr. Link was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He also serves on the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering's Advisory Board.

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) was founded in 1991 to establish a clear and comprehensive identity for the field of medical and biological engineering - which is the bridge between the principles of engineering science and practice, and the problems and issues of biological and medical science and practice. It is based in Washington, D.C. The College of Fellows is made up of 1,000 individuals who are the outstanding bioengineers in academia, industry and government. These leaders in the field have distinguished themselves through their contributions in research, industrial practice and/or education.