A brand-new division on the Schulich College of Engineering will pave the best way for brand new alternatives and discoveries whereas breaking down conventional silos on this ever-more-interconnected world.
The Division of Biomedical Engineering (BME) will construct on a really profitable multidisciplinary strategy, bringing collectively undergraduate and graduate programming, in addition to analysis and scholarly actions.
“This has been years within the making,” says Schulich Dean Invoice Rosehart. “We consider this shall be but another excuse for implausible college and college students to come back to the College of Calgary going ahead.”
Interim division head named
Taking the reigns of the brand new division shall be Dr. Michael Kallos, BSc (Eng)’95, PhD’99, who would be the interim division head.
Kallos, a double Schulich alumnus, has held many tutorial management positions and roles, together with the interim director of the Centre for Bioengineering Analysis and Training (CBRE), director of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, and lead of the campus-wide Engineering Options for Well being: Biomedical Engineering analysis technique.
Subsequent step in evolution of engineering schooling at UCalgary
The interconnected world by which we now reside has allowed for collaborations and teamwork that earlier generations might have solely dreamed about. That mindset is a cornerstone for a lot of issues taking place across the UCalgary campus, and was a driving pressure behind the creation of the brand new BME division.
Schulich’s sixth division expands the biomedical engineering graduate program, which offered a profitable intersection between drugs, engineering, science, kinesiology, nursing and veterinary drugs in utilizing completely different disciplines to resolve well being challenges.
The hope is the brand new division will construct on these achievements, similar to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest improvement of a blood take a look at for breast most cancers and a brand new strategy to stopping or stopping epileptic seizures.
This new division shall be an anchor of multi-faculty biomedical engineering actions. School, college students and postdocs have been in a position to get pleasure from working with researchers from throughout the campus and people distinctive relationships and experiences will proceed going ahead.
– Michael Kallos
Analysis is vital to BME’s success
Kallos is an lively researcher with greater than 70 printed peer-reviewed articles, together with a lately printed paper on the bioengineering and utility of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in regenerative drugs. He calls the paper an instance of the kind of multi-faculty analysis that college students will see at BME.
“It summarizes the necessity for business and academia to take a multidisciplinary strategy to overcoming the obstacles via collaboration and the adoption of recent applied sciences, strategies and concepts inside analysis and biomanufacturing, and apply the ideas quickly being found in academia to industrial manufacturing infrastructures,” he says.
With BME changing into a division, plenty of administrative processes are being consolidated, together with finance, human sources and IT programs, and the brand new construction will allow higher co-ordination between undergraduate, graduate and analysis actions.
“We’ve already completed a lot with biomedical engineering as a program,” Rosehart says. “We’re assured that this new division will construct on that and grow to be the mannequin for collaborative studying at UCalgary for years to come back.”