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Mark Saltzman

Chair, Dept of Biomedical Engineering and Goizueta Foundation Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
October 1, 2014

W. Mark Saltzman is an engineer and educator. Dr. Saltzman's research has impacted the fields of drug delivery, biomaterials, nanobiotechnology, and tissue engineering: this work is described in over 200 research papers, 2 edited books, and 15 patents. He is also the sole author of three textbooks: Biomedical Engineering (2009, Cambridge University Press), Tissue Engineering (2004, Oxford University Press), and Drug Delivery (2001, Oxford University Press).

The grandson of farmers from southern Iowa, Mark Saltzman graduated with distinction from Iowa State University with a B.S. in chemical engineering (1981), earning admission to graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received an M.S. in chemical engineering (1984) and a Ph.D. in medical engineering (1987). He was hired as an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Johns Hopkins University in 1987 and promoted through the ranks, becoming a tenured full professor in 1995. In 1996, he joined the faculty of chemical engineering at Cornell University, where he was named the first BP Amoco/H. Laurance Fuller Chair in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Saltzman moved to Yale University as the Goizueta Foundation Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in July of 2002, where he became the founding chair of the Yale's Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2003.

Dr. Saltzman has been recognized widely for his excellence in research and teaching. He has received the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award (1990); the Allan C. Davis Medal as Maryland's Outstanding Young Engineer (1995); the Controlled Release Society Young Investigator Award (1996); and the Professional Progress in Engineering Award from Iowa State University (2000). He has been honored by election as a Fellow of the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineers (1997); a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (2010); and a Member of the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering (2012). He has delivered over 200 invited lectures throughout the world including the Britton Chance Distinguished Lecture in Engineering and Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (2000) and the Distinguished Lecture of the Biomedical Engineering Society (2004).

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Saltzman has taught dozens of college courses including Heat & Mass Transfer, Material & Energy Balances, Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, Drug Delivery & Tissue Engineering, Physiological Systems, and Molecular Transport & Intervention in the Brain. His course Frontiers of Biomedical Engineering is available to everyone through Open Yale Courses (http://oyc.yale.edu).