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Dean adds AIMBE College of Fellows election to her resume

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) represents 50,000 of the best and brightest medical and biological engineers. Of those, less than 2,000 have been inducted into their College of Fellows, and the dean of the MU College of Engineering is about to join that elite group.

Portrait of Elizabeth Loboa

Elizabeth Loboa was announced as a member of the 2016 class elected to the AIMBE College of Fellows. AIMBE Fellows are considered the top 2 percent of achievers in the fields of medical and biological engineering.

Elizabeth Loboa was announced as a member of the 2016 class elected to the AIMBE College of Fellows, and she will be formally inducted into the College of Fellows during AIMBE’s annual event in April in Washington, D.C.

AIMBE was founded in 1991 and states that its goal “is to provide leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society.” AIMBE Fellows are considered the top 2 percent of achievers in the fields of medical and biological engineering, and in order to be selected for the College of Fellows, one must be nominated by existing fellows. The top candidates each year receive positions on a ballot to be voted on by current fellows, and those receiving 74.5 percent or more of the vote earn election.

Loboa was nominated by three of her peers: Virginia Giddings, head of strategic research and development for Abbott Nutrition; Frances Ligler, Lampe Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University; and Yi Xian Qin, director of the Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory at Stony Brook University.

“I’m humbled and honored that my colleagues think of me in this way. I really am,” Loboa said. “These are all amazing individuals that I have the highest respect for, so it really means a lot to me.”

Loboa joined the MU College of Engineering as its 11th full-time dean and first female dean in October 2015. She previously served as associate chair and professor of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University and a professor of materials science and engineering at North Carolina State, where she also established and led the Cell Mechanics Laboratory.

Her resume also includes numerous awards, including the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award, the N.C. State Chancellor’s Innovation Award, Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, the N.C. State Faculty Scholar Award, U.K.-U.S. Stem Cell Collaboration Development Award and the Stanford University Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award.

Her selection to the AIMBE College of Fellows allowed her the opportunity to note the importance of involvement in professional organizations for members of the College of Engineering faculty, and the dean commended faculty members who’ve been selected fellows of various organizations and encouraged others to take the opportunity if presented.

“These are very prestigious accolades that highlight the excellent research that faculty are working so hard at accomplishing,” Loboa said. “It’s a testament to the respect and consideration of expertise that very renowned scholars around the country and the world carry for fellows to be elected.”