Reneau featured speaker at national biomedical engineering honor society banquet

Oct 30, 2012 | General News

Louisiana Tech president honored by Alpha Eta Mu Beta which he founded in 1979
Louisiana Tech University President Dan Reneau delivered the keynote address recently at the 2012 National Banquet of Alpha Eta Mu Beta (AEMB) – the National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society he founded in 1979 while leading the biomedical engineering department at Louisiana Tech.
Reneau was warmly welcomed by the record crowd of AEMB attendees and honored with an award recognizing his founding of and contributions to the organization.  AEMB has grown significantly since Reneau established the first chapter at Louisiana Tech with chapters now active at institutions across the nation including Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Texas A&M University, Clemson University, and Johns Hopkins University.

Reneau in front of Louisiana Tech’s Biomedical Engineering Building

“It was such an honor to speak to so many friends and colleagues, and to be recognized by an organization of this caliber,” said Reneau.  “It amazing to see just how far Alpha Eta Mu Beta has come and what an outstanding membership it has attracted over the years.  There’s nothing more rewarding for me than to be able to pass along my vision and experiences in biomedical engineering to those who will become its future leaders.“From a trailblazer in the 1970s to a nationally recognized leader today, I’m proud of the reputation that Louisiana Tech has built in the field of biomedical engineering.”
Reneau established the biomedical engineering program at Louisiana Tech in 1972.  It was one of the first of its kind in the United States and only the fifth undergraduate program in the nation to become accredited.
In 1978, the Board of Regents recognized Louisiana Tech’s Ph.D. biomedical engineering program by awarding it and Reneau their Commendation of Excellence award.  Today, Louisiana Tech has built one of the most respected and successful biomedical engineering programs in the country.
Biomedical engineering applies fundamentals from engineering, the basic sciences, the medical sciences, and mathematics to solve problems in medicine and biology and to understand, modify, or control biological systems.  It is the engineering discipline that is primarily concerned with living systems.
As a biomedical engineering student at Louisiana Tech in 1979, Dr. Stan Napper – now the dean of the College of Engineering and Science and the Jack Thigpen Professor of Biomedical Engineering – helped Reneau write the first constitution and bylaws for AEMB.
Louisiana Tech still plays an active part in the leadership of AEMB.  Napper along with Drs. Eric Gilbeau, Paul Hale, and Teresa Murray – all Louisiana Tech faculty – currently serve on the AEMB’s National Advisory Board.
“The faculty at Louisiana Tech continues to produce some of the best and brightest biomedical engineers in the nation,” Reneau said.  “This program and the people that have helped to advance it over the past forty years have exceeded my wildest dreams and expectations.”
AEMB was formed to recognize and encourage excellence in the field of biomedical engineering and bioengineering, and to bring these individuals into closer union so as to promote an understanding of the profession.  Membership is considered a privilege with members being recognized for having conferred honor on their alma maters by distinguished scholarship, exemplary character, honorable activities, and leadership.