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UC biomedical engineering faculty honored by college

Four biomedical engineering faculty members received awards from the University of Cincinnati for their work in research and teaching.

Doug Mast, Ph.D., earned the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science's Distinguished Researcher Award. Mary Beth Privitera, Ph.D. earned the Master Educator Award. Jason Heikenfeld, Ph.D., received the Research Award. Angela Boronyak, Ph.D., earned the Neil Wandmacher Teaching Award for Early-Career Faculty.

Mast is a research leader in several areas, including ultrasound imaging, drug delivery and acoustics. In those areas, he has published 50 journal articles, including 26 that involved his students in the research. He co-invented ultrasound imaging techniques, including passive cavitation and echo decorrelation, and two patents for cavitation-enhanced drug delivery.

Privitera directs the Medical Device Innovation and Entrepreneurship program for hundreds of biomedical engineering students. She receives consistently high marks as an educator while collaborating across colleges at UC and institutions such as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She focuses on undergraduate and graduate student alike, having graduated five master’s students and a doctoral student.

Boronyak has quickly became a favorite of engineering students, receiving over a 4-out-of-5 on all of her course and instructor evaluations by students. Her students remarked on how much she taught them in a single semester, their ability to apply what she taught, and her ability to explain hard concepts in a clear way. She developed new courses and labs for classes such as Control for Dynamic Systems and Basic Electric Circuits, while implementing flipped classrooms and test review games to help students.

Heikenfeld’s Novel Devices Laboratory has achieved global leadership in three distinct areas – electrowetting, electronic paper and wearable biochemical sensing. In his 14 years at UC, he has helped UC become the leading authority on biochemical monitoring. His numerous startup companies include Eccrine Systems, boasting 60 full-time employees and a spot on Forbes’ top global startups to watch.

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