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College Receives Whitaker Grant to Implement Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program

Dr. Michael H. Peters in the Department of Chemical Engineering has received a Special Opportunity Award from the Whitaker Foundation to "Establish a Permanent, Interdisciplinary Graduate Degree Program in Biomedical Engineering".

The Whitaker Foundation was established in 1975 upon the death of U. A. Whitaker, founder and CEO of AMP Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of electrical connecting devices, as a private nonprofit foundation dedicated to improving human health through the support of biomedical engineering. Since its inception it has awarded nearly $320 million to colleges and universities for faculty research, graduate fellowships and program development. With this grant, the College joins with Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Tufts University and others as recipients of Whitaker grants for education and research in biomedical engineering.

The multi-year grant will commence July 1999. First year funding is $312,000, and a total close to $1 million is expected over the life of the grant. Whitaker funding will help supply start-up research costs for new faculty, graduate research assistance support, biomedical engineering and medical sciences teaching laboratory equipment support, and other start-up costs associated with the new program.

The M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Biomedical Engineering are currently part of the State University System 5-year Strategic Plan. The proposed degree programs will be administered by the Department of Chemical Engineering and involves the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Departments of Biology and Chemistry at FSU, Program in Medical Sciences (PIMS) at FSU, Laboratory Animal Resources at FSU, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, and the College of Pharmacy FAMU.