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Awards / Honors

School of Biomedical Engineering honored at CSU Activities Board luncheon

June 9, 2010

The School of Biomedical Engineering, or SBME, was recently honored at a luncheon sponsored by the Colorado State University Activities Board, or CSUAB. During the academic year, the CSU Activities Board not only honors outstanding units at the university with a social gathering, they also do monthly drawings to reward individual faculty and staff for their important contributions to the university.

Unique collaboration

School of Biomedical Engineering staff include Industrial Liaison Coordinator Brett Beal, Director Susan James, and Advisor Sara Neys.

The School of Biomedical Engineering is unique in that it is not a traditional academic department, but rather a School involving collaboration among four CSU colleges including Engineering, Applied Human Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The SBME has over 50 faculty members in 14 departments, providing a distinctive interdisciplinary focus on bioengineering research and education.

The SBME is also home to a small but extremely effective group of staff including Director Susan James, Industrial Liaison Coordinator Brett Beal, Advisor Sara Neys, and work-study student, Sara Verma. Together they support 36 graduate students and more than 100 undergraduate students earning credits in the Biomedical Engineering Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

Integration of faculty, flexibility for students

The School enables integration of faculty and their research programs across multiple departments, allowing students more flexibility and opportunity in their research and lab experiences. The SBME faculty and students work in teams to fight cancer, develop new orthopedic implants, or design new biosensors to treat neurological disorders. They are engineering solutions to health care’s most challenging problems.

In addition to ensuring current students in the program have an optimal educational experience, the SBME staff is also busy promoting the School, recruiting new students to the program, and most recently, implementing curriculum for an undergraduate degree program that, if approved by the Board of Governors and the Colorado Commission for Higher Education, would be the first bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering in Colorado. These are exciting times for the SBME.

Visit the SBME online at or stop by their office located in Engineering Building, Office AR 204.

Nominate a group for recognition

To learn more about the CSUAB or to nominate a group for recognition please visit the website at

Contact: Patsy Harlan
Phone: (970) 491-3366