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Boyd, Bursac and Nightingale to Be Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

Lawrence Boyd, adjunct professor of biomedical engineering and associate director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, Nenad Bursac, the Rooney Family Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Cardiology, and Kathryn Nightingale, the James L. and Elizabeth M. Vincent Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, have been selected for induction into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows.

Kathryn Nightingale (left), Lawrence Boyd (center) and Nenad Bursac (right)Boyd was cited for sustained contributions to medical device development in orthopaedic applications and innovative approaches to promoting and educating student entrepreneurs. He is an international leader in orthopaedic medical device innovation, with over 50 U.S. patents and pending applications for medical devices and related procedures.

Bursac was cited for outstanding contributions to the fields of somatic- and stem cell- based therapies for cardiac and skeletal muscle disease. His research focuses on the application of stem cells and tissue engineering methodologies in experimental in vitro studies and cell and tissue replacement therapies.

Nightingale was cited for pioneering the development of Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse elasticity imaging, which is now employed world-wide to stage hepatic fibrosis. Her research continues to focus on using the technology—as well as ultrasound—in the modeling of normal and diseased tissue.

The College of Fellows honors the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country, including only the most accomplished and distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs.

A formal induction ceremony will be held during AIMBE’s 2015 Annual Meeting at the National Academy of Sciences Great Hall in Washington, DC on March 16, 2015. Nightingale, Boyd and Bursac will be inducted along with 151 colleagues, who make up the AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2015. For more information, please visit

AIMBE’s mission is to recognize excellence in, and advocate for, the fields of medical and biological engineering in order to advance society. Since 1991, AIMBE‘s College of Fellows has lead the way for technological growth and advancement in the fields of medical and biological engineering. Fellows have helped revolutionize medicine and related fields in order to enhance and extend the lives of people all over the world. They have also successfully advocated for public policies that have enabled researchers and business-makers to further the interests of engineers, teachers, scientists, clinical practitioners, and ultimately, patients.