Honors and Awards


Dr. William R Wagner

2017

  • Plenary Lecture, 6th International Symposium on Surface and Interface of Biomaterials, Chengdu, China
  • Keynote Speaker, 2017 China Engineering Technology Forum, Shanghai, China
  • Keynote Speaker, 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering, Washington, DC
  • Keynote Speaker, 2nd International Conference on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
  • Invited Lecturer, 9th Annual Meeting of Japan Society for Surgical Wound Care, Nagoya, Japan
  • Invited Lecturer, 3rd International Symposium on Vascular Tissue Engineering, Columbus, OH
  • Plenary Speaker, International Conference on Medical Textiles & International Forum on Biomedical Textile Materials, Shanghi, China
  • Keynote Speaker, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE Annual Event, Washington, DC

2016

  • Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
  • Keynote Lecturer, 4th Symposium on Innovative Polymers for Controlled Delivery, Suzhou, China
  • Keynote Lecturer, 9th European Elastin Meeting 2016, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Plenary Lecturer, Biomaterials Day 2016, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Keynote Lecturer, European Elastin Meeting 2016, Stuttgart, Germany

2015

  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) Chairman of the Americas Region
  • Plenary Lecturer, Biomaterials International, Kenting, Taiwan
  • Keynote Speaker, Summer Undergraduate Research Seminar, Pennsylvania State University
  • Elected International Fellow, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS)
  • Keynote Speaker, 10th Annual Utah Bioengineering Conference

2014

  • Zhu Kezhen Distinguished Lecturer, Zhejiang University, China
  • Plenary Speaker, 7th World Congress on Preventive and Regenerative Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Pitt Innovator Award, the University of Pittsburgh
  • Keynote Speaker, Texas Biomaterials Day, Texas A&M University
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) Senior Scientist Award of the Americas Region

2013

  • Keynote Speaker, 30th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Biomaterials Society
  • Keynote Speaker for Establishment of First Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) chapter in Latin America, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Columbia
  • William H. Schwartz Memorial Lecture, Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • Chairman, 2013 Annual Meeting, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

2012

  • Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award, University of Pittsburgh
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) Chair-Elect of the Americans Region

2011

  • Keynote Presentation at the Materials and Processes for Medical Devices (MPMD) Conference (ASM International)
  • Clemson Award for Applied Research, Society for Biomaterials
  • Keynote Presentation at the 27th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference

2010

  • Pitt Innovator Award, the University of Pittsburgh
  • Selected as Chairman, 2013 Annual Meeting, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • President, American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO)
  • NIH College of Reviewers

2009

  • Stevenson Biomaterials Lectureship, Syracuse University
  • Pitt Innovator Award, the University of Pittsburgh
  • President-Elect, American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO)
  • Keynote Speaker at the 27th Scientific Conference of the Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine
  • Selected as representative from the Society for Biomaterials to the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE)
  • Selected to Executive Board, International Federation for Artificial Organs (IFAO) (2009-2015)
  • Program Chairman, American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO)

2008

  • Keynote Lecture at the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society, European Union (TERMIS-EU) Annual Meeting, Portugal
  • National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (ERC): “Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials”, PI of University of Pittsburgh section, Scientific Director of ERC, Deputy Director of ERC
  • Pitt Innovator Award, the University of Pittsburgh
  • Keynote Speaker at 24th Annual National MD/PhD Student Conference
  • Appointed Scientific Director, Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest-Pittsburgh Consortium
  • "Professor to Watch", Pittsburgh Business Times
  • Election to the College of Fellows for Biomaterials Science and Engineering by the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE)
  • Carnegie Science Award in the Life Sciences
  • Elected to Executive Board of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) as Vice President at Large

2007

  • Keynote Address, Japanese Society for Biomaterials Annual Congress
  • Chairman of Fellows Selection Committee, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
  • Elected Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • Pitt Innovator Award, the University of Pittsburgh

2006

  • Selected as one of the "Scientific American 50", the magazine’s annual list recognizing leaders in science and technology from the research, business and policy fields.
  • Elected to the North American Council of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS); re-elected 2008

2005

  • Author of a Top 5 “Hot Talks/Cool Papers” of 2005 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting

2004

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Review Panel for Establishment of a National Research Center in Regenerative Medicine
  • Selected as Founding Editor, Acta Biomaterialia

2003

  • Chairman, Gordon Conference on Biomaterials: Biocompatibility and Tissue Engineering (Vice-Chairman in 2001)
  • First place, American Heart Association Fellows’ Research Day (Advisor)

2002

  • First place, American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) Paul Malchesky Student Abstract Fellowship (Advisor)

2001

  • First place at American Institute for Chemical Engineers National Student Poster Paper Competition (Advisor)
  • Fellow, American Heart Association and the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
  • American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) Biomedical Engineering Student Fellowship Award (Advisor)

2000

  • Biomedical Engineering Society Undergraduate Research and Design Award (Advisor)
  • Elected to the College of Fellows, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering(AIMBE)

1997

  • 1997 Selected Excellence Paper, Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting

1996

  • Tissue Engineering Society Travel Award, Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative

1992

  • Fellowship Travel Award, American Society for Artificial Internal Organs

1989-1990

  • Shell Foundation Fellowship, University of Texas
  • Engineering Foundation Endowed Presidential Scholarship, University of Texas

1987

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, The University of Texas at Austin

1986

  • Graduating General and Departmental Honors, The Johns Hopkins University
  • 1986 Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, The Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Sang-Ho Ye

2008

  • American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) Travel Fellowship Award

2007

  • American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) Fellowship Award

2004-2005

  • 21st Century COE Scholarship Award, Japan

Dr. Antonio D'Amore

2017

  • Italian national board qualification for associate professor in biomedical engineering (ASN seconda fascia, ING/IND 34)
  • Keynote speaker, “Engineering micro-architecture to enhance de novo extracellular matrix elaboration in an elastomeric scaffold model.”. International symposium on Nanoengineering for Mechanobiology, Camogli, Italy

2016

  • Coulter translational research partners II, winner of the 2016 edition, project fully funded for $ 100,000, title: "OneValve, the self-generating heart valve"
  • Chairman, LIAC Vascular research 2016 meeting, Ustica Italy

2015

  • French national board qualification for associate professor (Maître de conférences) in biomedical engineering (class 85) and mechanical engineering (class 60)
  • Keynote speaker for session 3 : biomaterials and tissue engineering, XXXI (LIAC) Meeting on vascular research, September 9-12, 2015, Lisbon, Portugal. Title: “Bi-layer polyurethane-extra cellular matrix cardiac patch improves ischemic ventricular wall remodelling on a rat model"

2014

  • Winner of the scholarship for the course in technology transfer: “From benchtop to bedside: what every scientist needs to know.” University of Pittsburgh, January-April 2014, course fees fully covered ($700)

2013

  • "Titolare assegno ricerca" , post-doctoral award from MIUR (€ 22,000 / year for 4 years) research areas: tissue engineering, biomechanics and biomaterials, award successfully re-granted in 2015 (conferma assegno per il secondo biennio)

2011

  • First place winner McGowan institute for regenerative medicine retreat 2011 poster competition, modelling category
  • Ri.MED post-doc fellowship + research grant ($ 375,000 = $75,000/year for 5 years) sponsored by Fondazione Ri.MED in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

2010

  • McGowan institute for regenerative medicine travel award offered to PhD students presenting their research work in major international conferences ($500)

2009

  • University of Pittsburgh research scholar award offered to PhD students from University of Palermo spending a research/study period at the University of Pittsburgh

2004

  • Winner of the scholarship (€6,000) offered to young engineers who are specializing in a foreign country, being classified among the top ten students of the Engineering Faculty of Palermo (Imperial College London MSc tuition fees fully covered)
  • Best final ranking among the graduates from the department of mechanics, University of Palermo in the 2004

Dr. Xinzhu Gu

2011

  • Society of Rheology Graduate Student Travel Award
  • Syracuse University Nunan Travel Award
  • Syracuse Biomaterials Institute Student Travel Award

2005

  • Outstanding Student Scholarship of Jiangsu Province, China

2004

  • First prize, National Undergraduate Mathematical Modeling Contest, China

2003-2007

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student Scholarship of China Pharmaceutical University, China

Yingqi Chen

2015

  • National Scholarship (PhD Candidate), Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China
  • Outstanding Postgraduate, Southwest Jiaotong University
  • Dun Du Li Zhi Scholarship of Sichuan Province Key Laboratory for Surface Engineering Artificial Organs, Southwest Jiaotong University

2014

  • First Prize of Sichuan Province Key Laboratory for Surface Engineering Artificial Organs, Southwest Jiaotong University
  • Top-notch Innovative Personnel in Rail Transit, Southwest Jiaotong University
  • Outstanding Doctoral Innovation Foundation, Southwest Jiaotong University

2015

  • National Scholarship (Master Candidate), Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China

Yang Zhu

2016

  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Graduate Design and Research Award, BMES Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, USA

2015

  • First Prize, 10th “Chunhui Cup” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition for Chinese Overseas Students, North America Division

2009-2010

  • Second Class Award of Honor, Zhejiang University

2009

  • Excellent Undergraduate Thesis, Zhejiang University

2005-2006

  • Scholarship for Outstanding Students, Zhejiang University

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