Honors and Awards

  • Bioengineering senior Benjamin David was selected as the 2019 Student Employee of the Year Runner Up by the campus Office of Student Financial Aid, which sponsors the award. Ben is a lab assistant in Professor Karin Jensen's BIOE 202 Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab course. (April 2019)

  • Samantha Zambuto, a member of Professor Brendan Harley's research group, has been selected as one of the Mavis Future Faculty Fellows (MF3) for the 2019-2020 academic year.  This program is designed to facilitate the training for the next generation of great engineering professors. (April 2019)


  • Parinaz Fathi has been selected as one of the Mavis Future Faculty Fellows (MF3) for the 2019-2020 academic year. This program is designed to facilitate the training for the next generation of great engineering professors. Fathi is a member of Professor Dipanjan Pan's research group. (April 2019)


  • Professors Thomas Gaj and Pablo Perez-Pinera have been awarded a $300,000 grant to develop a novel gene therapy to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The three-year grant titled "In vivo correction of SOD1-linked ALS using single base editing technology" is funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

  • Bioengineering Undergraduate Programs Coordinator Maddie Darling is receiving a 2019 Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising. Nominated by Bioengineering students, Darling is among the top 10% of advisors in the College of Engineering. 

  • Associate Professor Ting Lu is receiving a 2019 College of Engineering Dean's Award for Excellence in Research. (April 2019)

  • Associate Professor Andrew Smith is receiving the 2019 College of Engineering Collins Award for Innovative Teaching. (April 2019)

  • Teaching Associate Professor Jenny Amos is receiving the 2019 College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award. (April 2019)

  • Assistant Professor Wawrzyniec Dobrucki was named a co-chair of the Beckman Institute's Integrative Imaging research theme. (March 2019)

  • Senior Shrey Maheshwari was inducted as a College of Engineering Knight of St. Patrick for his leadership, character, and contributions to the college and its students. (March 2019)

  • Shachi Mittal and Fatemeh Ostadhossein were among the five researchers named as 2019 Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows. (March 2019)

  • Professors Andrew Smith and Pablo Perez-Pinera were awarded more than $1 million from NIH (R01 grant) to develop a novel single-molecule imaging technology that will enable analysis of cell signaling with unprecedented precision and resolution and will ultimately transform our understanding of biology, human physiology, and pathology. The four-year grant, "Advanced Molecular Probes and Cell Engineering Tools for Accurate Single-Molecule Analysis of Signaling in Individual Cells," is provided by NIH's National Institute for General Medical Sciences. (Feb. 2019)

  • Graduate student Parinaz Fathi participated in the 2019 Science of Signatures Advanced Studies Institute at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL). This highly selective, three-week program brought 15 accomplished Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers from around the country together to work in multi-disciplinary teams to generate novel, creative solutions to pressing national security problems. (Spring 2019)

  • Associate Professor Dipanjan Pan became an associate editor for Wiley’s review journal WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology. (Jan. 2019)

  • The founder of four biophotonic startup companies, Professor Stephen Boppart received the Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award for developing medical technology that impacts public health. He also presented three invited papers at the organization's Photonics West conference in San Francisco. (Jan. 2019)

  • College of Engineering Dean Rashid Bashir was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. (Dec. 2018)

  • Doctoral student Elena M. Zannoni received third place in the IEEE NPSS Christopher J. Thompson Student Award competition at the 2018 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference in Sydney, Australia. She also had earned a Valentin T. Jordanov Radiation Instrumentation travel grant and a trainee grant for the same conference. (Dec. 2018)

  • Graduate student Jaena Park was awarded a prestigious $35,000 Graduate Student Scholarship for Biomedical Sciences from the ASAN Foundation in Korea. (Dec. 2018)

  • Professor Shuming Nie was named to the 2018 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. Three other Bioengineering Graduate Program faculty were also named to this list: Stephen LongYi Lu, and Catherine Murphy. (Nov. 2018)

  • Associate Teaching Professor Jenny Amos received $6,500 from the U of I Center for Global Studies through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant to develop a Global Health Initiative course with Njala University in Sierra Leone. Amos has a long history of working with Njala University, developing curricula, mentoring faculty, and advising two doctoral students. (Nov. 2018)

  • Graduate student Fatemeh Ostadhossein earned a $1,400 travel award to attend the AIMBE Public Policy Institute event Oct. 29-30 in Washington, DC. This program educates young researchers about how public policy impacts biomedical engineering. (Oct. 2018)

  • Professor Rashid Bashir received the prestigious 2018 Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award at the Biomedical Engineering Society's annual meeting. The premier award from BMES, it recognizes outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering. (Oct. 2018)

  • Associate Teaching Professor Jenny Amos was named Woman of the Year by Central Illinois Business magazine. (Oct. 2018)

  • Professor Rohit Bhargava was named a 2018 Researcher to Know by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, the organization's first year to highlight university researchers who have made a significant impact in their field. (Fall 2018)

  • Assistant Professor Roy Dar received a National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Trailblazer Award for New and Early-stage Investigators. During the next three years, he will receive nearly $600,000 in funding to establish the fundamentals of engineering fluctuations in gene expression, or “noise”, of pluripotent transcription factors during stem cell aggregate formation and differentiation into cardiovascular organoids. He will be collaborating with Professor Hyunjoon Kong's research group on the project. (Sept. 2018)

  • Doctoral student Elena Zannoni was selected as a speaker for the Plenary Session at the 2018 IEEE Medical Imaging Conference (MIC) in Sydney, Australia. For the same conference, she has earned the 2018 Valentin T. Jordanov Radiation Instrumentation Travel Grant and the 2018 Conference Trainee Grant, which provide her with a free registration to the November IEEE MIC and a travel stipend. (Sept. 2018)

  • Associate Professor Ting Lu received the American Chemical Society Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award. (Aug. 2018)

  • Bioengineering Professor Brian Cunningham is serving as a distinguished lecturer with the IEEE Photonics Society during 2018-19. This program was designed to honor excellent speakers who have made technical, industrial, or entrepreneurial contributions to the field of photonics and to enhance the technical programs of the IEEE Photonics Society chapters. (July 2018)

  • Bioengineering graduate student Jamila Hedhli earned a 2018 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Career Development Award, which provided her with a free registration to the October BMES annual meeting and a travel stipend. (July 2018)

  • Doctoral student Si "Stacie" Chen earned a 2018 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Career Development Award, which provides her with a free registration to the October BMES annual meeting and a travel stipend. (July 2018)

  • Faculty members Karin Jensen and Marci Pool are leading a multi-disciplinary team in implementing a new writing course for engineering freshmen. Their team recently received a $21,000 grant through the College’s Strategic Instructional Innovations Program (SIIP) to offer one section of the co-taught writing-in-the-disciplines course this fall. (Spring 2018)

  • Faculty members Andrew Smith and Princess Imoukhuede are being promoted to associate professor with tenure effective August 16, 2018. (Spring 2018)

  • Doctoral student Elena Zannoni has been awarded the Outstanding Initiate Award by the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Illinois Alpha chapter, in recognition of her valuable contributions to the Society. (May 2018)

  • Doctoral student Fatemeh Ostadhossein received a prestigious American Heart Association two-year pre-doctoral fellowship to support her research: Antimicrobial caged hafnium oxide nanoparticles for detection and therapeutic intervention of endocarditis. (April 2018)

  • Teaching Associate Professor Jenny Amos was selected to receive the 2018 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Illinois-Indiana Section Outstanding Teaching Award. (April 2018)

  • Graduate students Parinaz Fathi and Shachi Mittal have received the 2018 Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellowships from the Beckman Institute. (April 2018)

  • Professor Brad Sutton was elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). (April 2018)

  • Graduate students Natalia Gonzalez Medina and Michael Gapinske received prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. (April 2018)

  • Doctoral student Hyukjin Jang was one of seven graduate students to receive a 2018 Beckman Graduate Fellowship. (April 2018)

  • Associate Professor Dipanjan Pan received the 2018 College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research for work conducted by an associate professor. (Spring 2018)

  • Mike Gapinske and Jungeun (Jenny) Won were among the College of Engineering doctoral candidates to be selected as Mavis Fellows for the coming year. These fellowships are for students interested in pursuing a career as a faculty member. (April 2018)

  • Professor Brad Sutton received the Beckman Institute's 2018 Vision and Spirit Award. The $150,000 award recognizes a researcher at the Beckman Institute who exemplifies founder Arnold Beckman’s vision of excellence, interdisciplinarity, and collaboration. Last year, Bioengineering Professor Rohit Bhargava won the first Beckman Vision and Spirit Award. (April 2018)

  • Guillermo Monroy and Gelson Pagan-Diaz were recognized by the University of Illinois Graduate College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at its Celebrating Diversity, Recognizing Excellence event. They were honored for their published research; for receiving awards or fellowships; for teaching, service or community awards; and other noteworthy achievements. Gelson also was recognized for a top paper/poster award. (March 2018)

  • Graduate student Jamila Hedhli was named a 2018 Beckman-Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow. (March 2018)

  • Bioengineering seniors Jackie Chen and Shreya Santhanam were inducted as 2018 Knights of St. Patrick by the Illinois College of Engineering for their leadership, excellence in character, and exceptional contributions to the College of Engineering and its students. (Mar. 2018)

  • Undergraduate Viraat Goel received the Illinois College of Engineering William R. Schowalter Award, which acknowledges outstanding character, creativity, and enthusiasm through leadership, encouragement of others, and dedication to the College. (March 2018)

  • Undergraduate Jennifer Zupancic received the Illinois College of Engineering Henry Ford II Scholar Award, which recognizes high academic achievement for a student interested in pursuing graduate school. (March 2018)

  • Professor Rashid Bashir was named a Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow in recognition of his research contributions in the broad field of BioMEMS and biomedical nanotechnology. (Mar. 2018)

  • Professor Stephen Boppart's company PhotoniCare won the 2018 SPIE Startup Challenge for its hand-held, low-cost imaging platform that can fundamentally change the way physicians manage middle ear infections. This technology spun out of Boppart's Biophotonics Imaging Lab at Beckman. (Feb. 2018)

  • Professor Brian Cunningham was one of 13 campus faculty to be named associates at the campus Center for Advanced Study for 2018-19. (Jan. 2018)

  • Doctoral student Parinaz Fathi earned second place in the 2017 student research contest as part of the Biomaterials Conference held in November at the University of Illinois Seitz Materials Research Lab. She is also a recipient of the National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship. (Dec. 2017)

  • Professor Joseph Irudayaraj was invested as a Founder Professor of Bioengineering. (Nov. 2017)

  • Professor Shuming Nie was invested as the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering. (Nov. 2017)

  • Graduate student Elena Zannoni received first place in the student paper competition at the 2017 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging conference for the paper, "Experimental design study for MRC-SPECT-II system: A hyperspectral simultaneous SPECT-MR system based on inverted compound gamma camera." She also had earned a Valentine T. Jordanov travel grant for the same conference. (Nov. 2017)

  • Research scientist Umer Hassan received the Brandt Early Career Investigator Award in Precision Medicine, which recognizes promising scientists in individualized medicine. (Oct. 2017)

  • Bioengineering Associate Professors Kris Kilian and Dipanjan Pan were among 11 young faculty worldwide to be selected for the Young Innovators of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering award. (Oct. 2017)

  • Professor Stephen Boppart was among the class of 20 engineers and scientists elected as 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society Fellows. (Oct. 2017)

  • Research scientist Umer Hassan was received a Baxter Young Investigator Award, which seeks to stimulate and reward research applicable to the development of therapies and medical products that save and sustain patients' lives. (Oct. 2017)

  • In July 2017, Fatemeh Youkabed Ostadhossein was among the cohort who was invited to participate in the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Research course for PhD students. The 2-week course in Bethesda, MD, demonstrates the role of PhD scientists in clinical and translational research, provides an overview and examples of how basic science and clinical observations lead to translational research, and increases awareness and access to Ph.D. role models, research resources, and potential career opportunities at NIH.

  • Post-doc Muhammad Khan won an EMBS-NSF Award for Young Professionals at the 38th annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society.

  • Shachi Mittal was named a 2017 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow.

  • Hassaan Majeed was named a 2017 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow

  • Parinaz Fathi was awarded a 2017 National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Fellowship, which provides her with $60,000 in support over the next three years.

  • Fatemeh Youkabed Ostadhossein has been selected as an Engineering at Illinois Mavis Future Faculty Fellow, and she received the Beckman Institute’s Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellowship.

  • Princess Imoukhuede will receive the 2017 University of Illinois College of Engineering Rose Award for Teaching Excellence on April 24.

  • Brad Sutton will receive the 2017 University of Illinois College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research for an associate professor on April 24.

  • Gabriella Dupont and Zachary Saldivar were named to the Senior 100 Honorary List for top seniors in recognition of their University of Illinois campus leadership and loyalty.

  • Bioengineering junior Pierce Hadley will receive the College of Engineering's William Schowalter Award

  • Rohit Bhargava named Founder Professor in Bioengineering.

  • Princess Imoukhuede receives NSF CAREER Award.

  • Tandy Warnow elected to 2017 International Society for Computational Biology Fellow.

  • Hyunjoon (Joon) Kong elected to the College of Fellows at AIMBE

  • Rashid Bashirnamed the first Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering.

  • Jamila Hedhli, Bioengineering Ph.D. student, recently earned several awards, including one for diabetes research, an opportunity to study at the Massachusetts General Hospital during Summer 2016, and an award for her Image of Research entry.

  • Christian Konopka, M.D./Ph.D. student in Bioengineering, is participating in the Whitaker International summer fellowship in Gdansk, Poland, where he is working on prostate cancer imaging strategies.

  • Tandy Warnow, Founder Prof. in Bioengineering and Computer Science, has been named a 2015 Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.

  • Elizabeth Sawicki, MD/PhD student in Bioengineering, wins national nanotechnology image competition with image of gelatin nanoparticles delivering medicine for treatment of ischemic stroke.

  • Asst. Prof. Princess Imoukhuede was awarded the 2015 Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Young Innovator from BMES.

  • Asst. Prof. Roy Dar has received a Career Transition Award from the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to support a two-year project aimed at using shifts in the frequencies of viral gene expression to detect drug interactions that perturb a master-feedback loop of HIV.

  • Gelson Pagan Diaz, grad student in BIOE, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He is one of only 2,000 students across the country -- out of more than 16,000 applicants -- to earn the fellowship this year.

  • Aashay Patel, freshman in Bioengineering, earned a Campus Honors Program Summer Research grant to future his studies in PET-CT imaging of prostate cancer, work he's conducting with BIOE Asst. Prof. Wawrzyniec Dobrucki.

  • Greg Damhorst, MD/PhD student in BIOE, recently received the Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award, presented to a UI grad student who has made an international impact through work and service.

  • Jianjun "JJ" Cheng, associate professor and Willett Faculty Scholar in Materials Science and Engineering and member of the Bioengineering Graduate Program Faculty, was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

  • Brian T. Cunningham has been selected as the new director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the University.

  • Rohit Bhargava has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He was inducted March 16, 2015, and was elected for pioneering the development of chemical imaging technology and the use of optical spectroscopic methods for digital pathology.

  • Jian Ma, assistant professor in Bioengineering, was named a 2015 Fellow of the UI Center for Advanced Studies.

  • Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor in Bioengineering, was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for his professional contributions to the chemical sciences.

  • Rashid Bashir, Bioengineering professor and department head, has been elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE).

  • Brendan Harley, professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and member of the Bioengineering Graduate Program Faculty, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • At the annual meeting in October 2014, Prof. Deborah Leckband was recognized as one of the newest Fellows of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).

  • Brian Cunningham and Zhi-Pei Liang earn IEEE EMBS 2014 Technical Achievement Awards.

  • Brian Cunningham and John Rogers elected to National Academy of Inventors.

  • Huimin Zhao to receive 2014 Gaden Award.

  • Brian Cunningham elected Fellow of Optical Society of America.


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