Bioengineering program focus of Harpur Forum luncheon


As engineering and biology programs across the country look to revamp how they educate students, Binghamton University has launched a bioengineering program designed to teach students to solve the complex problems of the new millennium.

Kenneth McLeod, professor and chair of BU’s bioengineering department, agrees that the United States has been educating engineers for a manufacturing economy that no longer exists. He’ll speak to the Harpur Forum at noon Wednesday, January 7, in the Mandela Room of the University Union.

McLeod began his career as an electrical engineer for General Motors, which sent him to graduate school at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, his interests turned to the study of human physiology and he never returned to industry.

McLeod’s postdoctoral research at Tufts University School of Medicine enhanced his understanding and expertise in physiology and medicine without losing his training or perspective as an engineer. As a researcher, his contributions are advancing a wide range of fields including cancer, osteoporosis, tissue engineering and preventative and reparative medicine.

McLeod earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University, and his master’s and doctorate in electrical engineering from MIT. His postdoctoral work was in cell biology at Tufts.

He taught at MIT, Tufts and Stony Brook prior to coming to Binghamton. His honors include the General Motors Graduate Fellowship, MIT Graduate Fellowship, NASA Space Biology Research Award, Kappa Delta Award for Outstanding Bioelectrical Research, NIH Shannon Award and the Hip Society’s Charnley Award.

Holder of numerous patents, McLeod has served as president of the Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine, a National Institutes of Health reviewer, a member of NIH advisory committees, president of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Radiation Effects Review Board. 

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin at noon.

The luncheon meeting is open to Harpur Forum members and their guests, as well as Binghamton faculty, staff, students and the media.

Last Updated: 9/17/13