A professor of engineering and the director of industry collaborations from the University of Georgia College of Engineering have been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
The new fellows are Mark Eiteman, professor of biochemical engineering and microbiology, and Crystal Leach, director of industry collaborations in the UGA Office of Research and the College of Engineering.
Composed of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers, election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. College membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering and medicine research, practice or education” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of medical and biological engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to bioengineering education.”
Eiteman was nominated, reviewed and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for contributions to biology-inspired engineering by founding Institute of Biological Engineering and Journal of Biological Engineering and innovating metabolic networks.
Leach was recognized for her outstanding leadership to advance innovative medical technologies and for her longstanding commitment to diversity.
An induction ceremony was held April 9 during the AIMBE annual meeting at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Eiteman and Leach were inducted along with 156 colleagues who make up the AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2018.