BE professor earns Faculty-Alumni Award
In October, University of Missouri College of Engineering biological engineering Professor Sheila Grant was awarded a 2012 Faculty-Alumni Award.
The Mizzou Alumni Association began the award program in 1968 to recognize the achievements of outstanding faculty and alumni. Nominees have distinguished themselves in their chosen professions and have made prominent contributions in multiple career areas.
Faculty nominees are considered in light of their total assigned academic responsibilities and their special relationship with students. Grant, who has been recognized as an outstanding faculty and researcher since she came to MU in 2001, has had sufficient accomplishments in the past year alone to qualify.
In August, a prestigious Wallace H. Coulter Foundation grant provided funding to five MU research teams — each consisting of an engineer and a physician — and their collaborative biomedical projects. Grant, along with Richard White, a physician with MU’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery received an award for a project that makes use of a graft of nanomaterials and tissue that results in increased mobility after knee surgery.
Grant also received one of the university’s 2012 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.
An undergraduate in Grant’s lab, Sarah Smith, received a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which includes a $30,000 stipend and up to $10,000 to cover education costs. Smith chose to pursue her graduate studies with MU and continues to work with Grant.
The researcher has additionally been recognized for her work as a role model, for female engineering students. In 2008, she received an award recognizing outstanding women faculty that was jointly-sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women. That same year, she was awarded the Presidential Award for Outstanding Service from the Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE).
Grant currently co-directs the Center for NEMS/MEMS systems and Nanotechnology and the Biomaterials Innovation, Characterization and Analysis of Missouri (BICAM) lab.