March 17, 2017
Eleven receive top honors during 27th Annual Engineering Awards Luncheon
It was a celebration of teaching, scholarship, and service when members of the Michigan State University College of Engineering convened in the University Club on Thursday, March 16, at the 27th Annual Engineering Awards Luncheon.
Leo Kempel, dean of the College of Engineering, greeted award winners and about 100 guests from the college during the annual spring ceremony.
Kurt R. Zinn, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D., completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry (B.A) at the University of Missouri-Columbia (UMC), followed by veterinary medicine (D.V.M.) and graduate education at UMC where he earned M.S. (Chemistry) and Ph.D. (Biochemistry) degrees. He joined the UAB Radiology faculty in 1995 after 9 years as a scientist at the UMC Research Reactor where he developed methods for producing high specific activity radionuclides, including Cu-64.
Nanotechnology, nanostructured biomimetic interfaces; biochemical engineering; protein expression; fermentation engineering; multiphase biocatalysis; biobased products.
Solving biological problems at the molecular level with the help of novel biotechnology method development is the primary goal in the Spence group. To accomplish this goal, our group blends a variety of methods found not only in the chemical sciences, but also bioengineering, pharmacology, and physiology. Our publication record is exemplary of this broad approach to solving problems; specifically, in the past 3 years, our group has published papers in journals whose primary focus is analytical chemistry, diabetes, pharmacology, and microfluidic devices, to name a few.
Dr. Zhen Qiu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering, Michigan State University, MI. His research interests include biomedical optics, MEMS/MOEMS, multi-modal targeted imaging, wearable and implantable medical devices, ultrafast laser applications.
Erin Purcell studied neural engineering as a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Through her graduate and post-doctoral work, her training spans the use of extracellular recordings, intracellular recordings, and optogenetics to control and assess excitability in neurons. As the P.I. of the Regenerative Electrode Interface Lab, Dr. Purcell is pursuing new approaches to characterize, modulate, and regenerate neuronal responses at the interface of electrodes implanted in the brain.