Board of Advisors

(Excerpts from the Board Charter)

The entire Charter is available as a PDF file


The Biomedical Engineering Board of Advisors is an independent body that will be chartered to advise and support the Chair of Biomedical Engineering in the continual development and improvement of the Department.


The role of the Board of Advisors is to provide assistance to the Chair for academic planning and accreditation, instructional and research program expansion, and financial management of the Department. To fulfill its advisory role, the board maintains an ongoing relationship with University and School administration.

The Board shall have the responsibility to regularly:

  • Receive and react to a reports on the state of the Department
  • Advise and assist the Department Chair regarding the development and operation of the Department

Strategic objectives for the Board include:

  • Providing a link between the Department of Biomedical Engineering and practicing engineers
  • Enhancing visibility of the Department of Biomedical Engineering both regionally and nationally
  • Facilitating continued professional development of the faculty Assisting in recruitment of high quality undergraduate and graduate students
  • Supporting fund raising and sustaining growth of Biomedical Engineering planning and reviewing physical plant improvements

Members of the Board


Richard B. Ashman, Ph.D.
(Board Chair) (Ph.D. 1982)
President, Charter Research Inc.

Marta L. Villarraga, Ph.D.
(BMEN class of 1990; MS 1992; Ph.D. 1996)
Principal Engineer, Exponent® Failure Analysis Associates®, Inc.

Stephanie Kute, Ph.D.
(BMEN Class of 1995, MS 1996)
Project Manager, Battelle Memorial Institute, Medical Device Solutions, Columbus OH 43201-2693

Edward W. Karp
President, Cyber-Health, Inc.
(M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998)

Sabrina Martucci Johnson
Founder, DARE Bioscience CFO/COO, Calibr.

Trivia Penns Frazier, Ph.D.
(BMEN Class of 2008; PhD 2012)
President and CEO, Obatala Sciences, Incorporated


James T. Bennett, M.D.
(ChE class of 1974; MD 1978)
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Tulane University School of Medicine

J. Monroe Laborde, M.S., M.D.
(Tulane Engineering Curriculum Class of 1969, MD 1973; CWRU MS BME 1976)
Touro Infirmary

Uwe R. Pontius, MD, Ph.D.
(Tulane ME BS 1968; MS 1971; Ph.D 1975; MD 1976)
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas

Erich W. Wolf II, MD, Ph.D.
(Tulane BMEN Class of1987, MS 1990, PhD 1994; MD 1983)
Managing member, Center for Neurosurgical And Spinal Disorders, LLC
Lake Charles, LA


William C. Van Buskirk, Ph.D.
(Ph.D. Stanford University, 1970)
Professor and Chair Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering
Dean Emeritus of Engineering


Michael D. Carbo - Chair
(BSEE in 1978; JD from Tulane in 1981)
Michael D. Carbo, P.L.C.

Ex-Officio Members

Kimberly Foster
Dean of Science and Engineering
Tulane University

Michael J. Moore
Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Tulane University

Katherine K. Raymond
Associate Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Tulane University