The George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research

The George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research was established by Penn Engineering for the purpose of recognizing excellence in scholarly activities of the faculty. Named in honor of George H. Heilmeier, it recognizes his extraordinary research career, his leadership in technical innovation and public service, and his loyal and steadfast support of Penn Engineering.

2018 Heilmeier Award and Lecture

Jason BurdickJason A. Burdick
Department of Bioengineering

“Engineering Hydrogels for Applications in Drug Delivery and Tissue Repair”

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 3:15 p.m.
Wu and Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall

There has been an evolution in how we approach the design of new biomaterials. Early biomaterials were primarily structural and static, whereas biomaterials are now engineered with smart features, such as being responsive to their local environment or the ability to control cell behavior.  In this talk, Dr. Burdick will describe his research in the engineering of water-swollen polymer networks, or hydrogels, with controlled properties, such as injectability, triggered degradation, and dynamic mechanical properties.  Examples will include the development and application of hydrogels in the repair of tissue after myocardial infarction or connective tissue damage, as well as unique processing techniques for the design of bioinks and 3D printing processes. These projects exemplify advances in the field of engineered biomaterials, as well as the multi-disciplinary nature of the research.

Jason A. Burdick  is a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science.  He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado and completed postdoctoral training at MIT.  Dr. Burdick joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005.

Dr. Burdick has received numerous awards for his research, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, and an American Heart Association Established Investigator Award.  He has been elected as Fellow of the American Institute for Biomedical Engineering and recently received the Clemson Award for Basic Research through the Society for Biomaterials.  He is on the editorial boards of Tissue EngineeringBiofabrication, and Journal of Biomedical Materials Research A, and is an Associate Editor for ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering.  He has authored over 220 publications and his research has led to over 10 patents on his research.

Dr. Burdick’s research involves the development of biomaterials for application in the repair of tissues, particularly in the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular fields.  His laboratory primarily engineers hydrogels through advances in both molecule design and processing techniques.  His work bridges both fundamental studies of material design and material-cell interactions and the translation of biomaterials towards the clinic.

Past Recipients

2016-17: Daniel Koditschek – For “pioneering contributions in robot motion planning and legged locomotion.”

2015-16: Shu Yang– For “pioneering the synthesis and fabrication of responsive nano- and micro-structured soft materials.”

2014-15: George Pappas– For “fundamental contributions to embedded, hybrid and networked control systems.”

2013-14: John M. Vohs – For “major impact in the fields of surface science and catalysis, especially the surface science of metal oxides.”

2012-13: Vijay Kumar – For “pioneering contributions to the science and technology of cooperative robotics.”

2011-12: Karen I. Winey – For “innovative methods in the fabrication and processing of polymer-based nanotube composites.”

2010-11: Christopher S. Chen – For “fundamental contributions in the study and design of cellular microenvironments.”

2009-10: Rajeev Alur – For “fundamental contributions in software verification for real-time systems.”

2008-09: Scott Diamond – For “discoveries and innovations in high throughput screening and micro-array technology.”

2007-08: Nader Engheta – For “research contributions on nano-optics and related metamaterials.”

2006-07: Pedro Ponte-Castañeda – For “homogenization theory for estimating effective mechanical behavior of nonlinear, heterogeneous materials.”

2005-06: Dawn A. Bonnell – For “significant contributions in Nanolithography and nanostructure assembly.”

2004-05: Michael Kearns – For “significant contributions in new algorithmic ideas in game theory and machine learning.”

2003-04:  Dennis E. Discher and Daniel A. Hammer – For “research contributions in the discovery and characterization of polymersomes.”

2002-03:  David E. Luzzi – For “research in carbon nanotubes and ‘peapods’.”

2001-02:  Raymond J. Gorte – For “research discoveries in solid oxide fuel cells.”

George H. Heilmeier (EE’58)

George HeilmeierDr. George H. Heilmeier was Chairman Emeritus of Telcordia Technologies, formerly Bellcore, a leading provider of communications software and professional services. Prior to his retirement in November 1997, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Texas Instruments, Inc., Director of DARPA and Head of Solid State Device Research at RCA. Dr. Heilmeier received international recognition for his discovery of several new electro-optic effects in liquid crystals leading to the development of the first liquid crystal displays for watches, calculators, and instrumentation, and he held 15 patents.

Dr. Heilmeier received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958 and M.A., M.S.E., and Ph.D. degrees in solid-state electronics from Princeton University. He is known for his operational, technical and strategic leadership in transforming new technologies into market driven successes. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Heilmeier received numerous awards, including the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Founders Medal, the National Academy of Engineering’s highest honor the Founders Award, the Japan Prize in Computers and Communications, the Industrial Research Institute Medal, and the National Medal of Science, among others. In 2002, he received the Pioneer of Stealth Award for “Visionary Leadership and Trailblazing Contributions of Enduring National Significance in the Development of Low Observable Aircraft.”

Dr. Heilmeier served as a White House Fellow, and was a Life Fellow of the IEEE and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was a member of the Defense Science Board, and the National Security Agency Advisory Board. He served on the Boards of Directors of TRW, the MITRE Corporation, INET Technologies Inc., Teletech Holdings, and Automatic Data Processing (ADP) Corporation. He was also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Chairman of the General Motors Technology Advisory Board. Dr. Heilmeier’s leadership in telecommunications and technology management was also recognized through honorary doctorate degrees from Stevens Institute and the Israeli Institute of Technology (the Technion).

Dr. Heilmeier passed away on April 22, 2014.