"The Engineering in Medicine"

National Academy of Engineering 2015 Regional Symposium

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

When the National Academy of Engineering announced its 14 grand challenges in 2008, it noted, “The century ahead poses challenges as formidable as any from millennia past.” For engineering, these challenges present opportunities to design and develop technologies that are game-changing and have global impact. It is no surprise that three of the challenges on the list were specifically at the interface of engineering with medicine and health: advance health informatics; engineer better medicines; and reverse-engineer the brain.

Clearly engineering is important to the future of medicine and health. By marrying medical science and engineering, we have new ways to diagnose and treat illness, utilize the explosion of ever-growing amounts of data, regenerate human tissue, and more fully explore and harness the power of the brain.

In this symposium, we will address four key areas of exciting discovery and innovation where engineering meets medicine: data and health; imaging and health; regenerative medicine; and neuroengineering. NAE members and the general public are invited to get a glimpse into the amazing transformative power of applying engineering principles and techniques to medicine and the promise this holds to positively affect the future of human health.


Member Business Meeting and Lunch (NAE members only)
11 AM – 12:15 PM Faculty Room, Low Library
National Academy of Engineering Symposium
12:30 PM – 6 PM Low Rotunda (free and open to the public)
12:30 PM Welcome remarks by Mary C. Boyce, Dean, Columbia Engineering
12:35 PM Welcome by C. D. Mote, Jr., President, National Academy of Engineering
12:45 PM Opening address by Lee Goldman, Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine
Data and Health
1 PM Jingyue Ju, Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Engineering; Professor of Chemical Engineering and of Pharmacology
Noémie Elhadad, Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Andrea Califano, Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Chemical Systems Biology; Chair, Systems Biology; Director, Sulzberger Columbia Genome Center
1:30 PM Moderated Q & A by Kathleen McKeown, Director, Data Science Institute; Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science
Imaging and Health
1:50 PM Elisa E. Konofagou, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and of Radiology (Physics)
Elizabeth Hillman, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and of Radiology (Physics)
2:20 PM Moderated Q & A by Andrew F. Laine, Percy K. and Vida L. W. Hudson Professor and Chair, Biomedical Engineering; Professor of Radiology (Physics)
2:40 PM – 3 PM BREAK
Regenerative Medicine
3 PM Helen H. Lu, Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, The Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Medical Sciences
Matthew Bacchetta, Surgical Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Center; Assistant Professor of Surgery
3:30 PM Moderated Q & A by Kam W. Leong, Samuel Y. Sheng Professor of Biomedical Engineering
3:50 PM Paul Sajda, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, of Radiology (Physics) and of Electrical Engineering
Kenneth L. Shepard, Lau Family Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Joshua Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
4:20 PM Moderated Q & A by Paul Sajda
4:40 PM Closing remarks by Mary C. Boyce
4:45 PM – 6 PM Reception, Faculty Room
500 W. 120th St., Mudd 510, New York, NY 10027    212-854-2993