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Distinguished ChE Alumna Lectures on Campus

Chemical Engineering (ChE) alumna Rena Bizios ’68 recently lectured here on “Strategies to Promote Mammalian Cell Functions Pertinent to New Tissue Formation for Biomedical Applications.” It was a great opportunity for the ChE department to renew old and warm acquaintances with a former student who has excelled in her field. The highly accomplished Dr. Bizios is currently the Peter T. Flawn Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Bizios is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

She was also the Hunter Distinguished Lecturer at Clemson University in 2007 and the Myrle E. and Verle D. Nietzel Visiting Distinguished Faculty Lecturer at the University of Kentucky in 2009.

Professor Bizios has won numerous awards, including a Distinguished Scientist Award from the Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology in 2009, a Clemson Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Literature of Biomaterials in 1998, a 2010 Women’s Initiatives Mentorship Excellence Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2010, a Rensselaer Alumni Association Teaching Award in 1997, a Health Sciences and Technology Fellowship from Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1975 to 1979, and an Outstanding Alumna in Engineering Award from the Society of Women Engineers at UMass Amherst in 1985.

From 1981 until 2005, Dr. Bizios was a faculty member at the School of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She served as a Chercheur Associé and later the Directeur de Recherche Associé at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Faculté de Médicine Saint-Louis Lariboisiére, Université Paris VII, in Paris, France. In 2002 she served as the Chalmers Jubileums Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden, while she was on sabbatical leave.

She has also served on the faculty of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, Albany Medical College, a Visiting Associate Professor twice at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Rice University, and a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. (May 2012)

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