Saturday, May 31, 2014, marked the graduation of the biomedical engineering program’s first undergraduate class. Earning bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering, these students followed five additional students who completed early graduation in January 2014. Following the University’s graduation ceremony, the BME graduates gathered on The Green alongside other engineering graduates for the College of Engineering commencement ceremony. Dean Babatunde Ogunnaike, William L. Friend Chaired Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, encouraged the new alumni to stay in touch with UD and recognized faculty members who had been selected for special awards. Jill Higginson, associate professor of mechanical engineering, who was instrumental in launching UD’s BME undergraduate program, was recognized with the college’s 2014 Outstanding Junior Faculty Member award. During the ceremony, BME was awarded the College of Engineering Dean’s Cup, an honor given to the department/program with the highest percentage of graduating seniors who donate to UD. An impressive 83 percent of this year’s graduating BME class donated to the university this year thanks to the hard work of Dominic Campagnola and Madison DeFrank, graduating seniors who ran the BME give back campaign.
A total of 39 students received bachelor’s degrees in BME during convocation, including the following five graduates who earned Honors degrees: Christian Aurup, Kevin Chang, Audrey Guyer, Stacy Hand and Lindsay Scheetz. This degree allows exceptionally talented and dedicated undergraduate students to pursue their academic interests in greater depth and breadth than is required for the regular bachelor’s degree. Plans for our graduating BME students include jobs in industry and enrollment in medical and graduate degree programs. We are very proud of our first graduates and wish them the best of luck and success in their future endeavors.