School of Engineering professor David Shreiber has been named chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Shreiber, whose three-year term commenced on July 1, 2017, replaces Noshir Langrana who served as chair for twelve years.
Most recently, Shreiber served the school and the biomedical engineering department as professor and graduate director. His research spans a variety of fields, including brain and spinal cord injury biomechanics, neural tissue engineering, acupuncture, and electroporation. He has received numerous funding awards from private foundations and state and federal agencies, such as the Whitaker Foundation, the New Jersey Commissions on Brain Injury Research and Spinal Cord Research, National Institutes of Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and National Science Foundation (NSF), including the prestigious NSF CAREER award which recognizes junior faculty.
Shreiber currently directs the NSF-REU site in cellular bioengineering at Rutgers, which offers research experiences for undergraduates. In 2012, he was a recipient of the inaugural Rutgers School of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Award, which recognizes excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service to the Rutgers engineering community and beyond. This year he received the Rutgers Graduate School of New Brunswick Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award.
According to Thomas N. Farris, dean of the School of Engineering, Shreiber’s leadership and energy will deepen the department’s research enterprise, promote interactions with industry, and enhance the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students in biomedical engineering.
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome David Shreiber to his new position as chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering,” said Farris. “With the recent merger of Rutgers–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, the school’s biomedical engineering department offers students unique cross-disciplinary opportunities and heightens the already pivotal role of biomedical engineering in advancing life-saving innovation.”
Shreiber holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Cornell, a master’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctoral degree in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. After post-doctoral studies in chemical engineering and materials science at the University of Minnesota, Shreiber joined the faculty at Rutgers in 2002.