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Dean selected as fellow of Biomedical Engineering Society

Elizabeth Loboa poses in front of the desk in her office.

MU Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa was named a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society in early October. File photo.

Elizabeth Loboa, dean and bioengineering professor of the University of Missouri College of Engineering, was named a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) at the society’s annual meeting held Oct. 5-8 in Minneapolis.

To be selected, a fellow must have three consecutive years of BMES membership and five or more years of active participation as a biomedical engineer. Potential fellows must also exhibit “a demonstrable record of exceptional achievement and accomplishment in a specific field of interest within biomedical engineering. The achievement and accomplishments can be in research, education, industry, public service, new technology or clinical practice,” according to the BMES website.

Loboa’s body of work as dean of Mizzou Engineering and in her previous position as associate chair and professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University easily met that criteria. She’s the first female dean of the MU College of Engineering, served as director of the UNC/NCSU Cell Mechanics Laboratory and has received numerous awards for her research, which focuses on tissue engineering, biomaterials, regenerative medicine and adult stem cells.

Her awards include the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award, the NC State Chancellor’s Innovation Award, Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, the NC State Faculty Scholar Award, UK-US Stem Cell Collaboration Development Award and the Stanford University Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award. Loboa also was inducted as a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering earlier this year.