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The A. C. Suhren Lecture Series is made possible by an endowed fund that allows Tulane University's Department of Biomedical Engineering to educate the university community about current issues in our field. The series speakers are pre-eminent in their disciplines, and their affiliation with the University through the Suhren Lectures has helped Tulane to enhance its reputation in Biomedical Engineering.

2019 Lecture

Kenneth Lutchen, Ph.D.
"An Integrated Path for Creating an Asthmatic Lung" and "Challenges, Opportunities and Value for BME, Engineering and Higher Education"
Dean of the College of Engineering
Boston University

Previous Lectures

2018

Kimberly Foster, Ph.D.
"Microelectromechanical Systems and their Role in Biomedical Discovery"
Dean of Science and Engineering
Tulane University

2017

Tulane Biomedical Engineering celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2017. A three-day celebration included a gala at the Audubon Tea Room on November 2, 2017 where Steve Gleason was the featured speaker. Steve Gleason, a former New Orleans Saint, is remembered for his blocked punt at the reopening of the Superdome following Hurricane Katrina. Gleason spoke about his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and the importance of biomedical engineering in his life.

Steve Gleason, MBA
Team Gleason
Read the Speech

2016

Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D.
“Developing Health Innovations Beyond Traditional Borders"
Malcolm Gillis University Professor
Professor of Bioengineering
Rice University

Jeff Weiss, Ph.D.
"Interaction of Angiogenic Microvessels with the Extracellular Matrix"
Professor of Bioengineering
University of Utah

2014/2015

Cedric F. Walker, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane since 1977

2013

Morteza Gharib, Ph.D
Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics & Bio-Inspired Engineering
Vice Provost for Research
California Institute of Technology

2012

This Symposium honored Professor David Rice, who is retiring in June after 31 years as an esteemed member of our faculty. Professor Rice has been teaching Team Design for the last twenty years. In that time he has shepherded our students through the design process as they have conceptualized, designed, constructed and delivered devices to individuals with disabilities in the New Orleans community. Former students and colleagues who are actively involved in the design process and design education spoke at the Symposium.

Z. Maria Oden, Ph.D.
“What is the point of engineering design classes?”
Professor in the Practice of Engineering Department of Bioengineering, Rice University

Stephanie Kute, Ph.D. BSE, MSE
“Medical Device Industry: It’s a JUNGLE Out There”
BSE, MSE in Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University
Ph.D. in Bioengineering from University of Pittsburgh
PMP Certified

Kay C. Dee, Ph.D. & Glen A. Livesay, Ph.D.
“Closing the Loop in Engineering Design”
Kay C. Dee, Ph.D. – Professor of Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering, and the Founding Director of the Center for the Practice and Scholarship of Education at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Glen A. Livesay, Ph.D. – Professor of Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering, and served as the inaugural designee of the Samuel F. Hulbert Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

2011

George A. Truskey, Ph.D.
“Engineering Endothelial Progenitor Cells for Vascular Repair”
Professor and Chair, Biomedical Engineering
Duke University

Steven Badylak, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh

2010

Semahat Demir, Ph.D.
“Research Funding in Biomedical Engineering”
Program Director, Biomedical Engineering
National Science Foundation

2009

Klaus Ley, MD
"Molecular Mechanisms of Atherosclerosis, Biomechanics of Leukocyte Adhesion"
Head, Division of Inflammation Biology
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

David Kaplan, Ph.D.
"Bioengineered Fibrous Proteins for Regenerative Medicine"
Professor and Chairman of Biomedical Engineering
Tufts University

Sasha Popel, Ph.D.
"Systems Biology of Angiogenesis: To Grow or not to Grow"
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

2008

Jay D. Humphrey, Ph.D.
"Vascular Adaptation and Mechanical Homeostasis Across Scales"
Carolyn S. & Tommie E. Lohman Professor and M.E. DeBakey Institute Fellow
Texas A&M Department of Biomedical Engineering

Shu Chien, M.D. Ph.D.
"Mechanotransduction in Endothelial Cells: Role of Stress Direction"
University Professor of Bioengineering and Medicine of the UC System Director of UC System-wide Bioengineering Institute in California
University of California, San Diego

2006

William C. Van Buskirk, Ph.D.
"History of Engineering at Tulane University"
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
New Jersey Institute of Technology Founding Chair (1977-1991)
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University
Dean (1991-1998) School of Engineering, Tulane University

2005

Frank C-P Yin, M.D. / Ph.D.
"Specificity and Sensitivity of Endothelial Cell Responses to Mechanical Stimuli"
Stephen F. and Camilla Brauer Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Chairman, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Washington University in St. Louis

2004

Samuel F. Hulbert, Ph.D.
"The Status of Artificial Organs"
President of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Former Dean of Tulane School of Engineering (1973-1976)

2003

Timothy Wright, Ph.D.
"The Evaluation of Wear in Total Knee Replacements – An Integrated Approach"
Professor of Applied Biomechanics in Surgery, Cornell University Medical Center, New York
Director of the Department of Biomechanics & Biomaterials, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
Co-Editor, Journal of Orthopaedic Research Professor

Jeffrey Fredberg
"Are we built of glass? Soft science, living cells, and mechanics of the cytoskeleton"
Professor of Bioengineering and Physiology
Harvard, University, Boston, Massachusetts

2002

Frank C-P Yin, M.D. / Ph.D.
" What We Can Learn By Poking Around Soft Tissue?"
Stephen F. and Camilla Brauer Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Chairman, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Washington University in St. Louis

Roger D. Kamm, Ph.D.
"Biological Nano-Mechanics: From Cells to Proteins"
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Director, Center for Biomedical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Sheldon Weinbaum, Ph.D.
"Mechanotransduction and Strain Amplification in Cells with Microvilli and Cell Processes"
CUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director, New York Center for Biomedical Engineering
The City College of the City University of New York

2001

Dr. Robert L. Spilker
"Functional Tissue Engineering: The Role of Computational Methods in Assessing Mechanical Function in Soft Hydrated Tissues"
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York

Dr. John P. Wikswo
"A Multiscale View of Cardiac Electrodynamics"
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee

2000

Dr. Douglas A. Lauffenburger
"Cell Engineering: Fundamental Approaches and Therapeutic Applications"
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Van C. Mow
"Constitutive Modeling of Charged-Hydrated Soft Biological Tissues"
Columbia University

Dr. Richard M. Felder
"The View from the Tightrope: Finding Balance in Higher Education"
North Carolina State University

1999

Dr. Farshid Guilak
"Cellular Mechanics in Articular Cartilage"
Duke University
Co-sponsored by Graduate School Student Association.

Dr. Donald L. Bartel
"Statically Based Optimal Design of Nonlinear Bone-Implant Systems"
Cornell University

Dr. Rena Bizios
"Frontiers of Cellular Engineering"
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Igor Efimov
"Virtual Electrodes and Phase Singularity Mechanisms of Defibrillation"
Case Western Reserve University
Co-sponsored by Graduate School Student Association

1998

Dr. Yoram Rudy
Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Peter F. Davies
University of Pennsylvania

1997

Dr. Larry L. Smarr
"The New Computational Infrastructure"
Director, NCSA (National Computational Science Alliance)

Dr. Dennis R. Carter
"Mechanobiological Factors Regulating Skeletal Development"
Stanford University

1996

Dr. Peter Hunter
"Modeling the Electro-Mechanics of the Heart"
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Don M. Tucker
"Applications of Electroencephalography (EEG) in Medical and Cognitive Science"
University of Oregon and Electrical Geodesics, Inc.

Dr. Stephen C. Cowin
"The Mechanics of the Mechanosensory System in Bone"
City University of New York

1995

Dr. Raymond E. Ideker
University of Alabama, Birmingham
"Cardiac Pacing, Induction of Fibrillation, and Defibrillation: Why are the Electric Field Requirements so Different?"

Dr. Richard B. Silberstein
Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne, Australia
"Cognitive Studies and Neocortical Dynamics: An Overview of Engineering and Physical Methods Applied to Brain Evoked Potentials"

1994

Dr. John D. Enderle
Program Director, National Science Foundation Washington DC
"The NSF's Biomedical Engineering Program"

Dr. Dwight T. Davy
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio
"The Nonlinear Mechanical Behavior of Cortical Bone"

Dr. Bruce R. Simon
Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering University of Arizona
"Poroelastic Finite Element Models for Soft Tissue Structures"

Dr. Robert Nerem
Chairman of Biomedical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
"Tissue Engineering"

Dr. Roger Barr
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
"Difrancesco – Noble Model of Cardiac Cells"

1993

Dr. Gerald F. Harris
Department of Biomedical Engineering Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"Description of Three-Dimensional Bone and Joint Kinematics Using a Non-Invasive Imaging Technique"

Dr. James B. Grotberg
Professor of Biomedical Engineering Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
"Capillary-Elastic Instabilities of Liquid-Lined Flexible Tubes: A Model of Pulmonary Airway Closure"

Dr. Christopher R. Johnson
Department of Computer Science University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
"Forward and Inverse Calculations in Electrocardiography"

1992

Dr. Alfred R. Potvin
Director of Medical Devices and Diagnostics Division
Eli Lilly & Company
"Dynamics of the Medical Device Industry"

Dr. Max Anliker
Director, Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland
"New Perspectives in Biomedical Engineering"

Dr. Peter Katona
Vice President Whitaker Foundation, Washington, DC
"Automated Control of Drug Infusion: Promises and Problems"

1991

Professor Charles Steele
Department of Mechanical Engineering Stanford University, Stanford, California
"The Mechanics of Hearing"

1990

Dr. Jerrold Petrofsky
Wright State University Dayton, Ohio
"Advances in Neuromuscular Control"

1989

Dr. Timothy J. Pedley (Inaugural Lecture)
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics Cambridge University
"Flow in Collapsible Tubes: Veins, Arteries, Airways"