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Bioengineers win ASEE textbook award

Rice’s Antonios Mikos and Johnna Temenoff of the Georgia Institute of Technology are recipients of the 2010 Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for their textbook Biomaterials: The Intersection of Biology and Materials Science. This is the first time authors of a biomedical engineering textbook have been recognized with this award.

The ASEE award is offered biannually and is very competitive, with nominated books coming from engineering schools across the U.S. The award-winning textbook has already been adopted for use by more than 40 U.S. universities.

mikos02Published by Pearson Prentice-Hall, the book was written for second-and third-year undergraduate bioengineering students. Its comprehensive and fundamental text covers basic principles of biomaterials science and engineering, addresses complex issues associated with the structure and biocompatibility of synthetic materials and cites in-depth applications for new medical devices.

Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering, professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of Rice’s Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering, specializes in a broad range of research topics in tissue engineering. He has won several prestigious awards for the development of novel orthopedic, dental, cardiovascular, neurologic and ophthalmologic biomaterials.

Mikos is also the author of more than 400 publications, editor of 14 books and a founding editor of the journals Tissue Engineering Part A, Tissue Engineering Part B: Reviews and Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods. He has been cited more than 15,000 times and holds 25 patents. Mikos is president of the North American Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society and organizer of the continuing education course Advances in Tissue Engineering, which has been offered annually at Rice since 1993.

Temenoff is an assistant professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech. As a Whitaker Fellow, she earned her doctorate in Bioengineering in 2003 at Rice under Mikos’ supervision.

The Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award includes a $2,000 honorarium and will be presented to Mikos and Temenoff during an awards banquet at the ASEE annual conference and exposition June 20-23.

—Shawn Hutchins, Department of Bioengineering