External Advisory Board

The BME External Advisory Board (EAB) comprises nationally distinguished leaders from industry, academia and government who provide advice on the department’s academic, research, outreach and other programs.

The EAB meets once a year with students, faculty, and administrators to provide input and feedback for the department to achieve its vision of becoming a national leader in training biomedical engineers who will develop the newest innovative health care technologies. The faculty uses the board’s feedback to improve the department’s programs, services and facilities.


External Advisory Board

Jenny Amos, Ph.D.

Teaching Professor and Laura Hahn Faculty Fellow,
Department of Bioengineering,
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Jerry Chang

Board Chair
Managing Partner
Samaritan Biologics
Cordova, TN

Lola Eniola-Adefeso, Ph.D.

University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor of Chemical Engineering,
Professor of Biomedical Engineering,
University of Michigan

Jose Fernandez

Director of Program Delivery, Strategic Client Partnerships,
Boston, MA

Elizabeth G. Loboa, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs,
Southern Methodist University

Andrés García, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience
Regents’ Professor, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Ivan Howard, M.B.A.

Director of Hedge Funds and Liquid Alternatives,
Banco Santander,  Miami, FL


Sarah Mayes, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer,
Alafair Biosciences Austin, TX

Gary Miller, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President Research and Development (Emeritus),
Exactech Inc., Gainesville, FL

Tirth Patel

General Manager, KLS Martin Manufacturing
Jacksonville, Florida

Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, Ph.D.

Professor of Bioengineering and Vice Dean, Research and Graduate Education,
University of Washington School of Medicine

Angelo Scopelianos, Ph.D.

Vice President, Research and Development
AxoGen Inc., Gainesville, FL

Nathan Tenzer

Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA

Vanessa Tolosa, Ph.D.

Hardware Research Manager at Reality Labs, Meta
Redmond, WA

Marjolein van der Meulen, Ph.D.

James M. and Marsha McCormick Director & Swanson Professor,
Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University

Jeffrey Willis

Chief Operating Officer, Remedium Healthcare Products,
Atlanta, GA