Advisory Board

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 Virginia Commonwealth University
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 University of Memphis-UTHSC-Memphis BME Program
Chris Hermann Founder and CEO 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 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
Garrett Atkinson Primary Examiner USPTO
Dimitri Karles Attorney at law MBA