Advisory Boards

The undergraduate academic advisory board provides recommendations on different aspects of our undergraduate program including program educational objectives, curriculum co-op and internships, and other undergraduate concerns. The constituents of the board are made up of alumni as well as representatives from where our graduates achieve employment and/or further education. The board meets once a year in Richmond in April, and once by phone in October. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to discuss their concerns with the board and network during the April gathering. Board members will also be provided with the opportunity to meet with seniors presenting their projects at the Senior Design Expo. All faculty are also provided with an opportunity to discuss issues with the board during this gathering as well.

If you are a VCU BME alumni or you are a representative of an employer or educational program that wish to provide feedback on our BME undergraduate program and join the board, please feel free to contact:

Dianne Pawluk, Ph.D., ABET Coordinator
Phone: (804) 828-9491
Fax: (804) 828-4454

Current board members (as of May 2021):

  • John Oshinski (Associate Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences and Department of BME, Emory University)

  • Scott Sell (Associate Professor, Department of BME, Saint Louis University)

  • Joel Myklebust ([retired] Deputy Director of the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA; Adjunct Faculty, Department of BME, George Washington University

  • Joseph Iaquinto (Research Health Science Specialist, VA Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering; Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of ME, University of Washington

  • Lauren Griggs (Director, Multicultural Engineering Program; Director, Clark Scholars Program, Assistant Teaching Professor, Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion, Pennsylvania State University)

  • Greg Hundley (Director, Pauley Heart Center and Professor, Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, VCU)

  • Michael Francis (Co-founder and Vice-president of R&D, Embody)

  • Mike Simmers (Senior Director, Technology and Research Platforms, Hemoshear Therapeutics)

  • Simone Gregor (Associate Biomedical Engineer, United Therapeutics Regenerative Medicine)

  • Isaac Rodriguez (Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, SweetBio., Inc.; Affiliate Faculty, Department of BME Joint Univ. of Memphis-UTHSC-Memphis BME Program)

  • Chris Hermann (Founder and CEO of Clean Hands Safe Hands)

  • Sean Fleury (Interventional Cardiology R&D Senior Engineer, Boston Scientific)

  • Hanna Teshome (Associate Project Manager, PARI Respiratory Equipment)

  • Sean Higgins (Manager, Medical Devices at SPARK Product Development)

  • Christina Walinski (Alcon Laboratories)

  • Pete Liacouras (Director of Services – 3D Medical Applications Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center)

  • Chelsey Lawson (Naval Sea Systems Command, Dahlgren)

  • Melissa Nass-Flores (Naval Sea Systems Command, Dahlgren)

  • Brian Burkhardt (Clinical Rehabilitation Engineer, Assistive Technology Program, Central Virginia VA Healthcare System)

  • Patrick Headley (Manager, Clinical Engineering Professional Services, UVA Health System)

  • Tiffany Wong (System Developer Analyst, Accenture Federal)

  • Garret Atkinson (Patent examiner, USPTO)

  • Dimitri Karles (Attorney at law, MBA)