The Department of Biomedical Engineering hosts inaugural reunion event


The Department of Biomedical Engineering held their inaugural reunion event on July 11 and 12, 2015. The event commemorated graduates from both the undergraduate and bioengineering graduate programs since the department's inception in 1974. The reunion also marked the ten year anniversary of the first graduating undergraduate class of 2005.

Events were held at Tussey Mountain Recreation Center in Boalsburg, Pa, and on campus at University Park. Alumni and their families had the opportunity to visit with peers and faculty, and learn more about the current state of the department, as well as the many growth plans projected for the future.

In addition to the picnic, alumni were invited to judge a graduate student poster competition and tour the 275,600 square-foot Millennium Science Complex—home to many of the department's life sciences research facilities. 

Guests were addressed by both the current department head, Cheng Dong, and former department head, Herbert Lipowsky. The pair reflected on the growth and development the department has seen over the years, and invited a number faculty to share their stories and memories.

The culmination of the reunion took place with the dedication of the Bioinstrumentation and Senior Design Lab in memory of Dr. Nadine Barrie Smith, a former faculty member and advocate for education—namely, the senior design course. Remarks were given by current department faculty as well as retired faculty member Roger Gaumond, and Anthony Atchley, Senior Associate Dean in the College of Engineering.

The department plans to continue the reunion event in the future and looks forward to building and sustaining relationships with their many prosperous alumni.


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Mindy Krause

A number of faculty members, administrators, and former students were present for the dedication of the Senior Bioinstrumentation Lab in honor of Dr. Nadine Barrie Smith, a former faculty member and advocate for education.

poster contest

A graduate student poster contest was held as part of the reunion event. Visiting alumni were asked to weigh-in on student research posters and presentations.



The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614