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  • Endowed Chair in Bioengineering at Old Dominion University

    Please see the invitation for applications below from Dr. Han Bao.

    Stacie I. Ringleb, Ph.D.
    Research Assistant Professor
    Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center
    Old Dominion University
    1030 University Blvd.
    Suffolk, VA 23435
    phone: (757) 686-6230
    fax: (757) 686-6214

    I would like to inform you that we are looking for applicants for an
    endowed Chair in Bioengineering at Old Dominion University. This faculty
    position at the full professor level will be placed within my Department
    of Mechanical Engineering. It is expected that the successful candidate
    will provide leadership in developing research and educational programs in
    Bioengineering. Details of this position are available in the Chronicle of
    Higher Education and the ME Magazine in their respective September issues.
    The ad can also be viewed at, and While visiting these web sites, please use the keyword

    The purpose of this letter is to provide some insights to this challenging
    and rewarding leadership position and Old Dominion University. Located in
    historic Norfolk, Va., the 188 acres of the Old Dominion University campus
    stretch from the Elizabeth River to the Lafayette River. Although situated
    in a metropolitan setting, the University offers a small-college look and
    feel, with tree-lined walkways, a mix of old and new buildings, and
    colorful gardens and ponds. Founded in 1930 as a division of the College
    of William and Mary, Old Dominion University has grown into its own over
    the years and is now one of only 101 public universities with a
    Carnegie/Doctoral Research-Extensive distinction.

    The Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology (BCET) is a
    catalyst for the economic development of Hampton Roads. To this end, the
    college has established a number of centers to serve as catalysts for
    enterprise development. These centers include the Applied Research Center
    (ARC), the Center for Advanced Engineering Environments (CAEE), the Frank
    Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, the Langley full Scale Wind Tunnel
    (LFST), the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), the Virginia Applied
    Technology and Professional Development (VATPDC), the Virginia Modeling
    and Simulation Center (VMASC) and the National Center for System of
    Systems Engineering (NCSOSE). Besides the centers mentioned above, there
    are seven Institutes within the sphere of responsibility of BCET: Coastal
    Engineering, Lean, Ship Maintenance, Repair and Operations, Laser and
    Plasma Engineering, Sustainable Development, and Multidisciplinary
    Parallel and Vector Computation. The centers’ and institutes’ activities
    can be perused on the college’s web site (

    The faculty and students in the Mechanical Engineering Department have a
    sustained interest in biomechanics research. Research programs in injury
    modeling have been developed recently in collaboration with faculty from
    the Modeling and Simulation Center, the Exercise Science, Sport, Physical
    Education and Recreation Department, and physicians from the nearby
    Portsmouth Naval Hospital. Last semester, our department offered a
    graduate course in Musculoskeletal Biomechanics for the first time, and
    just graduated a doctoral student recently with a dissertation entitled,
    “Shaken Baby Syndrome: Retinal Hermorrhaging, a Biomechanical Approach to
    Understanding the Mechanism of Causation.” The department also established
    the Dynamic Environment Simulation (DES) Laboratory, in September 2006,
    which houses a six-degree-of-freedom (6DOF) motion simulator owned by the
    Combatant Craft Division (CCD) of the NSWC. The simulator can generate a
    6-g environment with a payload of 400 pounds for a traveling distance of 6
    feet and a speed of 20 feet/sec. The focus of the laboratory is in dynamic
    responses of high-speed and high- performance craft structure, equipment,
    and personnel in high seas; particularly, shock control and mitigation to
    minimize equipment damage and human injury. One current research project
    is to investigate muscle fatigue and fracture thresholds relative to
    repetitive impact loading.

    Besides the support of the department in the development of his/her
    research and educational programs, the successful applicant can expect
    full collaboration with other research facilities at ODU with current
    involvement in bioengineering and biomedical engineering. One such
    facility is the Applied Research Center (ARC), which has extensive
    capabilities in laser-material interaction and laser-based sensors. This
    facility and expertise could be of interest to research in the area of
    laser-tissue interactions and laser-based biosensors. Also, the material
    characterization and thin-film fabrication capabilities at ARC can be of
    significant use to a faculty interested in biomaterials, biomedical
    microsensors, and nanodevices. Please consult the web site:

    Another facility of interest is the Frank Reidy Research Center for
    Bioelectrics, which was established in 2002 as the first research center
    in bioelectrics in the world. It has more than 20 researchers with
    expertise in engineering, physics, and biology working in
    state-of-art-laboratories in the 14,000 ft2 center. Research topics range
    from fundamental studies of electric field and plasma effects on
    biological cells to commercial applications. The wide range of applied
    research topics, from water decontamination to tumor treatment, is evident
    in the more than 100 publications which have been published by researchers
    in the Center over the past five years. On a national level, the Center is
    the focal point of a Multidisciplinary University Initiative on the effect
    of intracellular wideband and narrowband radiofrequency radiation with
    members at Eastern Virginia Medical School, MIT, Washington U., U. Texas,
    and U. Wisconsin. Internationally, the Center coordinates an International
    Consortium on Bioelectrics including groups in United States, Japan and
    Germany. Please consult the web site:

    The Virginia Modeling and Simulation center (VMASC) is a
    multi-disciplinary modeling, simulation, and visualization collaborative
    research center managed through the Office of Research at Old Dominion
    University. VMASC supports the University’s Modeling and Simulation (M&S)
    graduate degree programs, offering multi-disciplinary M&S Masters and
    Ph.D. degrees to students across the Colleges of Engineering and
    Technology, Sciences, Education, and Business. With more than one hundred
    industry, government, and academic members, VMASC furthers the development
    and application of modeling, simulation, and visualization as an
    enterprise decision-making tool and promotes economic development. Current
    projects include Simulation Integration, Interoperability, and
    Composability, Homeland Security, Visualization and Virtual Environments,
    Medical Modeling and Simulation, Human Behavior Modeling, Human Factors,
    and Human Machine interface. Please consult the web site:

    Finally, the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) is located in Norfolk
    within 3 miles from ODU. EVMS and ODU share research programs in
    biomedical technology, public health, clinical psychology, ophthalmic
    technology, and medical modeling and simulation.

    As presented above, we have all the essential elements (attitude,
    facilities, support, personnel) to initiate a great program in
    bioengineering. We strongly encourage applications from those individuals
    who want to share our interests in this challenging and growing field.
    Please help us by sharing this letter with any individual who may be ready
    to assume a leadership role in bioengineering and may consider applying
    for this position.

    Sincerely yours,

    Han P. Bao, Ph.D., P.E.
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    Mitsubishi Endowed Chair in Manufacturing Engineering
    Tel: (757) 683-4922

    FYI: Ad can be found in
    1 Chronicle of Higher Education
    2 ME Magazine, September 2007 Issue
    3 Inside Higher Education
    4 Science

    Keyword: Bioengineering