Biomedical Engineering Honors Joon Park

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Joon Park, professor emeritus of biomedical engineering, will present “My experiences at The University of Iowa, 1983-2011” on Thursday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m., 101 Samuel L. Becker Communication Studies Building.  Following the seminar, the Department of Biomedical Engineering will host an open house honoring Park from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Rockwell Collins Conference Room, 3111 Seamans Center.

He earned his B.S. degree in manufacturing engineering from Boston University (1967); M.S. in materials science from the Mass. Institute of Technology (1969) and a Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Utah (1971).  Following graduation, he was a National Institutes of Health post-doc fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle (1972-73), visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1973-75), assistant and associate professor at Clemson University (1975-1981), and professor at Tulane University (1981-83).

Park joined the College of Engineering faculty in 1983 as a professor with tenure in materials engineering. The appointment included membership on the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Program and the Center for Materials Research.  During his first year he was given the responsibility of establishing an undergraduate instructional laboratory in biomaterials that would meet the criteria needed for ABET accreditation of the biomedical engineering program which was granted in 1986.

Park is a founding member of the Society of Biomaterials (1976) and the Korean Society for Biomaterials (1996).  He is a Fellow of the International Biographical Association and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

He holds eight patents and is the author of Biomaterials Science and Engineering.