The 2016 Biomedical Engineering Society Diversity Award goes to…drum roll please, Srinivas Sridhar.
Sridhar is the University Distinguished Professor of Physics, Bioengineering, and Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University. The award honors individuals for their outstanding contributions to improving gender and racial diversity in biomedical engineering. “This award recognizes the work I’ve been doing for the past 10 years, a path motivated by spreading knowledge and breaking down barriers to access of knowledge,” Sridhar said. Sirdhar has pioneered the research and educational initiatives at Northeastern in the field of nanomedicine while designing the means of training a diverse workforce “focused on bringing nanotechnology solutions to medicine.”
In addition to university responsibilities, Sirdha hosts a web broadcast for graduate courses and research protocol at four institutions: the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, Tuskegee University, Morgan State University, and Florida International University. Sirdhar also directs the Nanomedicine and Technology Program and CaNCURE program at the University. “In honoring Sridhar the Biomedical Engineering Society underscored these contributions as well as his work mentoring women and underrepresented minorities who are biomedical scientists—including faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students.”